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We are open to visitors and for services of worship.

Cathedral opening times:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday: 12noon - 4pm
As a working church, sometimes access to the cathedral is limited for visitors. Any upcoming closures will be listed further down this page.

Welcome to Durham Cathedral

Our staff and volunteers are excited to welcome you to the cathedral. Explore inspiration and information for what to do on your visit. No advance booking is needed to visit the cathedral.

Our regular services are listed below. Find more information about our services and explore our online worship resources. Volunteer chaplains are on duty to offer pastoral support at the cathedral.

What measures are in place because of COVID-19?

  • We encourage people to continue wearing face coverings whilst inside the cathedral. If you are attending a tour or climbing the tower you will be required to wear a face covering (unless exempt).
  • Track and Trace, along with protective screens at till points and hand sanitiser stations remains in place.
Where appropriate, we have been able to take steps in relaxing restrictions:
  • A service of Holy Communion has been reintroduced on Sundays.
  • The one way system has been removed from the Cloister.
  • Capacity for our tours is increased slightly.

Keeping you up to date

Durham Cathedral regularly reviews the changing situation and follows guidelines from the UK government, the Church of England and Public Health England. Updates will be posted here, and on our news page.

This page was updated on 19 July 2021. 

Updates are also be provided on our social media channels, @durhamcathedral on Facebook and Twitter.

Shop, restaurant, cloister and toilets opening times

The Cathedral Shop

  • Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 12 noon-4pm

You can also shop online with the option of delivery or click and collect.


  • Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 12 noon-4pm

The Undercroft Restaurant

  • Monday-Saturday 10am-4pm
  • Sunday 12 noon-4pm

No advance booking required. Indoor seating, and covered outdoor seating in the Cloister is available. You are welcome to bring a picnic to eat outside in the Monks' Garden.

Service times


  • 8am - Holy Communion (in person only)
  • 8.45am - Morning Prayer (live-streamed only)
  • 10am - Sung or Said Eucharist (live-streamed and in person)
  • 3.30pm - Evening Prayer or Choral Evensong (live-streamed and in person)

For more details on our services, including how to watch them online, go to our regular services page.

Monday to Saturday

  • 8.30am - Morning Prayer (live-streamed and in person)
  • 12.30pm - Holy Communion (in person only)
  • 5.15pm - Choral Evensong (live-streamed and in person) 
  • 8.45pm - Compline (Mondays from 2 August, live-streamed only)