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We look forward to welcoming you to Durham Cathedral

Opening times

The cathedral's visitor desk, shop and cafe are open:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday: 12noon - 4pm (the shop and cafe open at 11am)
Trips up the cathedral tower, museum tours and cathedral guided tours take place throughout the day.
As a working church, sometimes access to the cathedral is limited for visitors. Any upcoming closures will be listed further down this page.

Explore Durham Cathedral

Our staff and volunteers are looking forward to welcoming you to the cathedral. Inside the cathedral you'll find quiet places to light a candle and speak to a chaplain if you would like someone to talk to.

Explore inspiration and information for what to do on your visit.

Each donation supports one minute of conservation and maintenance

  • There is no admission charge to visit Durham Cathedral, but we ask all our visitors to donate £5 to support the cathedral's future if they are able.
  • It costs £200,000 per week to run Durham Cathedral. As a charitable organisation without regular government funding, support from our visitors helps us to maintain the cathedral's historic buildings, grounds and riverbanks for the enjoyment of everyone.