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Central Tower repairs - preserving the Tower for future generations

Why is it closed?

The central, or Cathedral, Tower is currently closed to the public whilst we carry out vital repair and conservation works to the Upper Parapet.

The project is part of a major repairs programme to ensure the Cathedral’s buildings are maintained and conserved for this and future generations to enjoy.


What is being worked on?

The Upper Parapet project is stone conservation, undertaken by the Cathedral’s own team of masons.

Other works to be completed include:

  • repairs to roof-coverings and rainwater systems
  • renewal of roof-access decking so that visitors can continue to enjoy the magnificent views of Durham from the Tower.

Subject to funding, we are planning further phases of work on the Tower Belfry and Lantern.

North West Tower open

You can still experience amazing views if you take our North West Tower Tour.

Key supporters

For their support on this project, we would like to thank: