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We are open to visitors and for services of worship.

Cathedral opening times:

  • Monday - Saturday: 10am - 4pm
  • Sunday: 12 noon - 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 team of staff and volunteers are excited to welcome you back to the cathedral. Explore inspiration and information for what to do on your visit. No booking or tickets are needed to visit the cathedral - just turn up!

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.

Face coverings must be worn inside the cathedral, except for children under the age of 11 and people unable to wear face coverings for specific reasons.

Due to technical issues LIGHT, our new contemporary art installation in the Galilee Chapel, is currently out of action. We are working swiftly to fix this. We apologise for any disappointment caused, please check back here for updates.

What measures are in place because of COVID-19?

Durham Cathedral has Good to Go accreditation from Visit England, as is well prepared to keep staff, volunteers and visitors safe. Health and safety measures in place include:

  • social distancing and pews widely separated
  • a one-way system around the cathedral
  • regular cleaning of the cathedral
  • hand sanitiser for staff and members of the public
  • specially trained staff on duty
  • a protective screen at the visitor desk 
  • additional signage
  • limited numbers of people allowed in the building
  • requiring the wearing of face coverings
  • collecting personal details to facilitate track and trace

Keeping you up to date

Durham Cathedral’s governing body 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 3 June 2021. 

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

Which areas are open?

  • Visitor Desk
  • The main Cathedral
  • The Cloister
  • The Shrine of St Cuthbert
  • The Galilee Chapel
  • The Central Tower
  • Cathedral tours
  • The Cathedral Shop
  • The Undercroft Restaurant
  • Toilets
  • The Cloister

What is closed?

  • Durham Cathedral Museum (formerly Open Treasure) - expected reopening June 2021
  • Durham Cathedral Library
  • The quire of the cathedral

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 (opening times as above).

Regular services


  • 8.30am - Morning Prayer (live-streamed and in person)
  • 9.30am - Sung Eucharist (in person only)
  • 11.30am - Sung Eucharist (live-streamed and in person)
  • 3.30pm - 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.


  • 8.30am - Morning Prayer (live-streamed only)
  • 12.30pm - Holy Communion (in person only)
  • 5.15pm - Evening Prayer (live-streamed only)

Tuesday 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)