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Durham Cathedral is open to visitors. Face coverings must be worn inside Durham Cathedral, except for children under the age of 11 and people unable to wear face coverings for specific reasons. Additional safety measures are in place, and some areas of the cathedral site remain closed. See opening times and FAQs here, and watch the video on the right (also on Youtube here) for a quick guide to visiting us.

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New online booking system for services at Durham Cathedral

We've changed how you can book spaces for services held at Durham Cathedral. Our new online booking system allows you to book for any public service at the cathedral, for any upcoming date.

Booking online in advance isn't required, but it helps us gauge demand for our services.

Book for a service

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Welcome to Durham Cathedral, one of the great buildings of Europe.

Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line.

Why does it exist?

The Community of Cuthbert arrived in Durham from Lindisfarne in 995 and built an Anglo-Saxon cathedral.

In 1083 a community of Benedictine monks was established in Durham following the Norman Conquest.

Construction of the Cathedral as we know it today was started in 1093 by Bishop William of St Calais.


Our role

Durham Cathedral is a Christian Church of the Anglican Communion and the seat of the Bishop of Durham.

We are a place of worship, welcome and hospitality.

Following the example of Saints Cuthbert and Bede, we share our faith and heritage globally and empower people to transform the communities in which we live and serve.

Our purpose

Our purpose is to worship God, share the gospel of Jesus Christ, welcome all who come, celebrate and pass on our rich Christian heritage and discover our place in God’s creation.


Plan your visit

Don't miss...

The Rose Window

Durham Cathedral's Rose Window is one of the most stunning stained glass windows in England. It casts dappled colourful sunlight on to the Cathedral's stone floor.

See other highlights

Treat yourself

Enjoy a tasty snack or meal in the beautiful medieval undercroft. Our restaurant located just off the west Cloister offers a choice of delicious homemade food and locally-sourced produce.

More about the Undercroft Restaurant

Prayer and worship

We offer a warm welcome to anyone who wishes to visit Durham Cathedral to pray, worship or simply find a quiet space to reflect.

Find out more

The Cathedral Choristers

Choristers typically join the Cathedral Choir between the ages of eight and nine, and remain until the age of 13. There are usually around 18 boys and around 18 girls.

Become a Chorister

Virtual education tours

We now offer online schools' sessions, focussing on different aspects of the cathedral, its history and life.

More about virtual tours