Open Treasure is a new world-class exhibition experience at the heart of Durham Cathedral. 

Durham Cathedral has invested over £10 million in Open Treasure, part of a major development project which has transformed how visitors enjoy the Cathedral and gain inspiration from it. 

Open Treasure gives visitors access to previously hidden spaces within the Cathedral's magnificent Claustral buildings, showcasing the Cathedral's collections so that they can be discovered and enjoyed by many more people of all ages.

The journey begins in the magnificent fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory, with interactive exhibits and activities for visitors of all ages, and continues through a new state-of-the-art Collections Gallery with a rolling programme of exhibitions.  

The journey also includes the spectacular Great Kitchen, with its famous octagonal ceiling, now the permanent home of the Treasures of St Cuthbert, some of the most precious Anglo-Saxon artefacts in the world!

Finally, explore the new Pilgrimage and Community Galleries in the Covey before returning to the medieval Cloister. 

A complementary programme of learning and outreach is providing a range of exciting learning opportunities and events for school children, families and community groups.  

Tickets for Open Treasure are available online and from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral. Click here to plan your visit. 


Please note, Open Treasure will be closed from Sunday 10 September to Monday 18 September, and from Monday 20 November to Monday 27 November whilst we change rolling exhibitions in the Collections Gallery.  

Watch our video to find out more about this incredible new visitor experience at the heart of Durham Cathedral: