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Durham Cathedral’s Cloister, restaurant, shop and toilet facilities to reopen

26 August 2020

As of Monday 31 August, visitors will once again be able to take in the wonderful sights of the medieval Cloister, a famous Harry Potter filming location, sample some delicious treats from the Undercroft Restaurant and shop until your heart is content in the Cathedral Shop.

The Cloister, restaurant, shop and toilets will be open 12 noon-4pm daily, while the cathedral’s Nave is open to visitors Monday to Saturday 10am-12 noon and 1pm-4pm and Sundays 1pm-4pm. The Shrine of St Cuthbert is also open 1pm-4pm daily.  Please note that while the cathedral is closed for cleaning from 12 noon-1pm, the cloister will be accessible via a one-way system.

From Monday, visitors will also be able to enjoy Durham Cathedral in LEGO®, which is situated in the Undercroft space between the shop and the restauruant. 

The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham said: “After our closure in March, we are overjoyed to be reopening more of our facilities over the Bank Holiday weekend.  Since March, a lot of work has gone into making these spaces Covid- secure, and the team are poised to welcome the public back so that they can enjoy more of the historic spaces that make this UNESCO World Heritage Site so unique and special. We’ve always been committed to delivering an exceptional visitor experience, and we look forward to showcasing our visitor offer once again.”

In the restaurant, visitors will be able to order an array of cold sandwiches made with locally sourced ingredients, delectable cakes and hot drinks, not forgetting the quintessentially Durham, St Cuthbert Slice. For the first time ever, restaurant users will have the option of sitting and eating in the peaceful and historic cloister. Please be aware that contact details will be taken of those using the restaurant for track and trace purposes.

The shop has been restocked with a great variety of souvenirs, jewellery, books and glassware, much with a distinctly Durham feel. Every sale goes towards supporting Durham Cathedral and is a crucial part of its recovery as it comes out of lockdown.

The cathedral will be offering 10% off in the shop and restaurant for those who have an InDurham Loyalty Card.

As with the main part of the cathedral, a one-way system will be in place throughout the Cloister, and Undercroft to guide visitors safely through the shared space. It is asked that everyone endeavours to keep 2m away from those not in your group and to wear a face covering while inside the cathedral and shop.

The cathedral’s toilet facilities will be regularly cleaned to the highest standard for visitors.

At this time, the Central Tower, Open Treasure museum and the Cathedral Library remain closed. There are no guided tours taking place.

For more information about the cathedral’s facilities and the health and safety measures in place, see