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Become a Patron and help preserve and share over 1,000 years of faith, history and community.

Making a difference

The support of our Patrons ensures we can continue welcoming visitors to this most special of places.


Your support allows us to continue the Cathedral’s choral and musical tradition. In return, Patrons enjoy priority booking for a number of concerts.


We have Patrons who join because of their faith, their wish to share God’s love or their love of Durham Cathedral. You help us facilitate 1,400 services every year.


We simply couldn’t create exhibitions like Open Treasure without you. Patrons' ongoing support allows us to stage a rolling programme of exhibitions.


You help us preserve unique buildings and collections, our precincts and the wooded riverbanks that give the Cathedral its beautiful setting.

Learning and discovery

 Patron support helps our Learning Team expand its award-winning learning programme. This allows more young children, families, schools and adults from across the region to be inspired by their local heritage.

Patron benefits

All Patrons receive:

  • Invitation to Annual Patron Reception and Service
  • ‘Cathedral by Night’ private evening event in the Cathedral
  • Monthly e-newsletters
  • 50% off annual pass for Open Treasure
  • 10% off Cathedral Shop* 
  • 10% off Undercroft Restaurant

Exclusive invitations

Patrons are invited to events including exhibition previews, behind-the-scenes tours and receptions. Find out more in Patron events.

Levels of patronage

We have named our Patrons after each of the Northern Saints in recognition of their contribution to Cathedral life.

Each level has its own tailored benefits. Scroll down for more details.

Gift membership

Why not sign up a friend or family member as a Patron? It is a truly unique way to experience the treasure that is Durham Cathedral and makes a perfect Christmas or birthday present.

How to buy Gift membership

Please download the Gift Membership Form (PDF) We can send the welcome pack to you directly. Please put your address under the Gift Recipient’s name. Once you’ve received it, just email or write to us with the Gift Recipient’s details for future mailings.

Help preserve the Cathedral's beautiful buildings

If you become a Foundation 2020 Patron, your membership will go directly to maintaining our stunning Cathedral buildings.

The National Lottery Heritage Fund will also match what you give, doubling the donation. Find out more in Foundation 2020.


*10% discount does not apply to selected items in the Cathedral Shop. Please ask our development team on 01913744079 for full details.

Choose from five different Patron levels


£5 monthly or £60 annually

Joint Membership £6.25 monthly or £75 annually

Aidan Patron

£10 monthly or £120 a year

Joint Membership £12.50 monthly or £150 a year

All Patron benefits plus:

  • private ‘Capture the Cathedral’ evening events with a professional photographer

Hild Patron

£25 monthly or £300 annually

Joint Membership £31.25 monthly or £375 a year

All Patron benefits plus:

  • invitations to specialist-led talks and demonstrations

Oswald Patron

£50 monthly or £600 annually

Joint Membership £62.50 monthly or £750 per year

All Patron benefits plus:

  • free annual pass for all exhibitions to Open Treasure
  • invitations to Open Treasure private view receptions

Bede Patron

£100 monthly or £1200 annually

Joint Membership £125 monthly or £1500 per year

All Patron benefits plus:

  • Dinner in the Deanery

How to become a Patron

You can download the membership form here.

Once completed, please send us your form by email to or by post to:

Durham Cathedral Office
The College
Durham DH1 3EH

You can also join at the Visitor Desk inside the Cathedral.