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Explore the nature of pilgrimage, past, present and future.

What was this space originally used for?

The barrel-vaulted rooms leading from the Great Kitchen towards the Cloister are known as the ‘Covey’.  This is the old name for a pantry or larder.  It was originally part of an external yard that acted as a firebreak between the kitchen in the Cloister.

In the 12th century the yard was covered over. The rooms have had many uses over the years including as a pantry and storerooms. It may have been joined to the Refectory sometime in the 14th century.


What does it mean to be a pilgrim?

Continue a thousand-year tradition of pilgrimage. In the Pilgrimage Gallery you can:

  • Explore a virtual map showing where our visitors come from, read messages from pilgrims past and present, and add your own message
  • Find out about pilgrim badges, and design your own for Durham Cathedral
  • See ‘Pilgrimage’, an artwork by local artist Judy Hurst


Showcasing our community

In the Community Gallery we display the work of community groups, schools and outreach projects who work with the Cathedral. Exhibitions are changed regularly.

Where next?

This is the end of the Open Treasure exhibition. From here you re-enter the Cloister with entrances to the Cathedral, and the Undercroft with its Shop and Restaurant.