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A warm welcome awaits you at Durham Cathedral.

There’s something for everyone to enjoy here, whether you’re seeking a quiet space for reflection and prayer, a family-friendly day out, or a visit to explore local history on your doorstep.

Use this essential information to help you make the most of your visit.

What to expect on your visit

Advent and Christmas

Experience the joy of the festive season at Durham Cathedral with services, a festive market, events and family-friendly fun.

Explore Advent & Christmas

Opening times

Durham Cathedral is open daily as a working church, pilgrimage destination, regional heritage icon and exciting day out.

Check our opening times

Durham Cathedral Museum tours

A unique tour experience telling the tales of the cathedral, leading you through the medieval monastery including the Cloister, Great Kitchen and Monks' Dormitory. Step into over 1000 years of stories and see the remarkable treasures of St Cuthbert.

Explore and book museum tours

Resources for prayer and worship

A range of online resources to guide your prayer and worship.

Discover our downloadable resources

Safeguarding

We take the safeguarding of children, young people and vulnerable adults very seriously. Find out how to report a concern.

Learn more here

Climb 325 steps up the central tower

Enjoy amazing views over Durham City and the countryside beyond. Multiple climbs run every day, limited to 6 people per climb.

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Cathedral tours

Discover the stories and people of Durham Cathedral’s 1000 years of history on a guided tour.

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Download our outdoor riverbank trails

Free family-friendly trails developed by local people to help you explore the woodlands and riverbanks surrounding Durham Cathedral. Trails on nature, history, pilgrimage, photography and geology.

Plan an outdoor adventure

Explore Durham Cathedral

Learn fascinating facts about Durham Cathedral, including the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Romanesque architecture and stained glass.

See inside the cathedral

Frequently asked questions

Is there an entry charge? Are dogs allowed? Where can I park? Can I bring a large bag?

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