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Public worship to resume and some facilities to reopen at Durham Cathedral

30 November 2020

In line with the latest Government guidance, Durham Cathedral will be reinstating public worship inside the cathedral from Wednesday 2 December, as well as remaining open for those who want to come for private prayer and quiet reflection. The cathedral will be open between 10am-4pm Monday to Saturday, and 1pm-3pm on Sundays. 

The Cathedral Shop will also reopen and operate daily from 11am-3pm with access via the cathedral and the Cloister. The shop is packed full of cathedral inspired artisan gifts, including a beautiful Christmas range. Shopping will also continue to be available online.  

The Shrine of St Cuthbert will remain open for those who want to offer their prayers in this sacred space. 

Amanda Anderson, Chapter Clerk and Chief Operating Officer at Durham Cathedral said: “We are blessed to be able to welcome back members of our congregation for public worship inside the cathedral from 2 December; something that hasn’t been possible since the start of the second national lockdown.

"We hope this news is comforting to those who regularly worship with us and those wanting to connect afresh with God at this special time of year. We are also keen to provide a much-needed dose of festive cheer where we can by way of our special Christmas services, which will be brought to you digitally rather than in person.  We’re also looking forward to opening up more of the cathedral’s wonderful spaces to visitors as and when government guidelines allow.”

The Undercroft Restaurant, toilets, Open Treasure, Central Tower and Library remain closed.

All of the cathedral’s regular services will be open to the public, and will continue to be live-streamed to the cathedral’s Facebook page unless stated otherwise.

Monday- Saturday: 

  • 8.30am Morning Prayer 
  • 12.30pm Holy Communion (will not be live-streamed)
  • 5.15pm Evening Prayer (Monday) or Choral Evensong (Tuesday to Saturday


  • 8.30am Morning Prayer
  • 9.30am Sung Eucharist (will not be live-streamed)
  • 11.30am Sung Eucharist
  • 3.30pm Choral Evensong 

Please note that booking is encouraged (however isn’t essential) for both of the Sunday Holy Communion services. Booking details are now available on the website.

Upcoming special services over Advent and Christmas will be online only, with no public access in church.

The health and safety of staff and visitors remains of the utmost importance, as is shown by the cathedral’s Good to Go accreditation from Visit Britain. Find full details of the measures in place to keep you safe at