We've got lots of exciting exhibitions planned for 2016/ 2017.

To take advantage of our rolling programme of exhibitions, why not purchase an Open Treasure annual pass? 

Open Treasure Annual Pass
Adults - £15
Children - £5
Students, Unwaged, Friends of Durham Cathedral, Members of Durham Cathedral Choir Associaton, Cathedral Volunteers - £12 

Available online, from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral and from the Open Treasure exhibition spaces. If you've already purchased a single ticket you can up-grade to an annual pass at the end of your visit.


Take a journey through time with our permanent exhibition in the Monks' Dormitory, revealing the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections. 

Admire the Cathedral's spectacular collection of Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking stones and discover 2,000 years of history through a series of interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages. Sights, sounds and smells will evoke life in a medieval monastery, bringing history to life in the magnificent setting of the fourteenth-century Monks' Dormitory where the monks of Durham Cathedral once slept.


Saturday 5 November - Saturday 11 February 

Textiles have always played an important role in church and domestic life and Durham Cathedral boasts some of the best examples of church needlework from the past 1,100 years. A selection of the finest textiles from the Cathedral’s collection are included in this display.

Highlights include the Anglo-Saxon Dalmatic and 12th-century Peacock Silk from St Cuthbert’s tomb, embroidered fragments from the grave of Bishop William of Calais, and the embroidered Bible of Lady Arabella Stuart, cousin of King James I.

Also on display is the Charles I Cope, a rare example of 17th-century church needlework, and the Coronation Cope worn by the Bishop of Durham at the coronations of the last four British monarchs.

Contemporary textiles will be explored through the work of the Cathedral Broderers, and visitors can enjoy an exciting programme of talks, demonstrations, workshops and special events. 

To complement the exhibition in the Collections Gallery, a piece by Grayson Perry will also be on display in the Monks’ Dormitory. Created for his recent Channel 4 documentary series All Man, the piece explores the concept of masculinity and its place in the modern world. 

Monday 20 February - Saturday 10 June

An exhibition of the weird and wonderful beasts and monsters which have fascinated people from earliest times. From illustrations of lions and dragons in medieval manuscripts, to early printed books of natural history which feature sea serpents and wyverns alongside images of the rhinoceros or giraffe, and the ‘evidence’ presented to prove the existence of such fantastic creatures as griffins and unicorns, this display will capture the imagination! 

Monday 19 June - Saturday 9 September

A unique opportunity to see all three issues of Durham Cathedral’s Magna Carta, including the only surviving copy of the 1216 issue, and further issues from 1225 and 1300. These will be displayed alongside their associated Forest Charters, from 1217, 1225 and 1300. In the 800th anniversary year of the first Forest Charter to be issued, this group of six documents will be displayed together for the first time, alongside an exhibition exploring the continuing significance and impact of these charters, and what they meant for Durham and the North of England.



A look at the lively tradition of music at Durham, from the earliest days of the monastery through to the present, and which still forms such a vibrant part of life at the Cathedral.


An exhibition exploring the lives of female saints, particularly those associated with the North.  Visitors will be able to trace the stories of well-known figures such as St Hild, St Birgit and St Margaret, as well as lesser-known ones such as St Ebba, St Everilda, and St Hereswitha.


Enjoy an awe-inspiring exhibition of metalwork in the stunning Great Kitchen. Many of the metal objects in the Cathedral’s collections are church plate, the sacred vessels used in religious services and are made of precious metals such as gold or silver. The display also includes archaeological finds of medieval metal, early church vessels still occasionally used in services, and objects associated with the Prince Bishops.

Many of the pieces on view and treasured today have been appreciated by Cathedral visitors for centuries. We hope you enjoy them.

The Great Kitchen will eventually house the Treasures of St Cuthbert, following a period of environmental monitoring. 

COMING IN 2017...


During 2017, the Great Kitchen will transform into a permanent display focusing on the Treasures of St Cuthbert. Some of these objects were found in his tomb when it was opened in 1827, including fragments of his Anglo-Saxon wooden coffin, embroidered vestments, and of course the famous pectoral cross of St Cuthbert.