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.  

Next visit the spectacular
Great Kitchen, with its stunning octagonal ceiling. This amazing space will eventually house the Treasures of St Cuthbert which will be on permanent display from Saturday 29 July 2017 following a period of environmental monitoring, but for now you can admire a spectacular exhibition of church plate and metalwork.

Finally, explore the new the 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. 


As part of a major project the Cathedral will be closed to visitors on the afternoon of Thursday 4 May (from noon) and all day on Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 May.  Daily services will take place as usual.  As always visitors are welcome to join us in worship.

Open Treasure will be closed to visitors all day on Thursday 4, Friday 5, Saturday 6 and Tuesday 9 May.

Open Treasure will also be closed from Sunday 11 June until Monday 19 June as we prepare for Magna Carta and the Forest Charters.

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