Durham Cathedral was founded as a place of hospitality and prayer for pilgrims visiting the resting place of St Cuthbert. Today we welcome individuals and groups arriving on pilgrimage, particularly along one of the Northern Saints Trails or walking the Camino Ingles route linked with Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

What is a pilgrimage?

A pilgrimage is a special journey made for a particular reason. People may go on pilgrimage to deepen a relationship with God, to reflect on a change, challenge or opportunity in your life, or to enjoy exercise in nature. A pilgrimage may be a long or short journey, it may be alone or with a group, it may be through countryside or urban streets. People may make their pilgrimage on foot, by bicycle or car. The important thing is to set aside the busyness of day to day life, and be mindful of your journey.

Pilgrims have been coming to Durham for centuries. In fact, Durham Cathedral was founded because of pilgrimage, as people journeyed from near and far to visit the shrine of St Cuthbert. A visit to Cuthbert’s shrine was an opportunity to give thanks for this holy man and to pray for grace to lead a life infused with the same light of hope and faith.

Pray our pilgrim prayer

Almighty God,
in Christ you draw all people to yourself;
bless and guide our community,
gathered from near and far.
Make us instruments of your grace
and signs of your dawning kingdom.
Following the example of your servant Cuthbert,
may we care for the lost through prayer
and gather them daily into your presence;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Arrange a pilgrim visit

If you’d like to arrange a group pilgrimage visit to Durham Cathedral please contact us at visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk. Groups can also add extras to their visit such as a cathedral tour or climbing the central tower, find more information on our tours and experiences page.

If you are part of the Diocese of Durham and would like to arrange a parish or deanery pilgrimage, please email Canon Charlie Allen at charlie.allen@durhamcathedral.co.uk