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Have an awesome day out inside our soaring cathedral and outside in our woodlands and riverbanks!

Durham Cathedral in LEGO

You’ll get proper brick envy when you see our 300,000 brick replica of the Cathedral! Take a look at Durham Cathedral in LEGO.

Free Toddler and Young Explorer Backpacks

Toddler backpacks are free to borrow from the Visitor Desk in the Cathedral. They include toys and games to keep youngsters amused such as jigsaws, picture trails and lots of surprises!

Sights and smells from the medieval world

Our outstanding Open Treasure exhibition is packed full of state-of-the-art interactive activities.

There are two floors to discover, including the atmospheric octagonal Great Kitchen. You can even dress up as a monk! Watch out for the airlock... Admission charges apply.

Let off steam outdoors

We’ve lots of woodland paths and riverside trails to explore. Take a look at Woodlands and Riverbanks.

How about a family tour?

We can offer guided tours for families. Just book in advance by emailing education@durhamcathedral.co.uk

Family Friendly Events

 

Events for all the family.

Afternoon tea in The Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films. 

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Under 5s Forest School: 28 February – 3 April

Engage your child with the great outdoors in tailored sessions on Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks. See your child develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences with a difference. Sessions take place on Fridays from 28 February to 3 April from 9.45am-11.45am.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

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Under 5s Forest School: 24 April – 22 May

Engage your child with the great outdoors in tailored sessions on Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks. See your child develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences with a difference. Sessions take place on Fridays from 24 April to 22 May from 9.45am-11.45am.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

See more

Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

See more

Under 5s Forest School: 5 June – 17 July

Engage your child with the great outdoors in tailored sessions on Durham Cathedral’s woodlands and riverbanks. See your child develop confidence and self-esteem through hands-on learning experiences with a difference. Sessions take place on Fridays from 5 June to 17 July from 9.45am-11.45am.

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Afternoon tea in the Chapter House

Enjoy a tour of Durham Cathedral followed by afternoon tea served in the Chapter House, the filming location for Professor McGonagall's classroom in the first two Harry Potter films.

See more

Frequently asked questions

Where are the toilets?

There are accessible toilets and baby-changing facility off the Cloister, just past the Cathedral Shop and Restaurant.

There are also accessible toilets in the Open Treasure exhibition.

Do you offer children’s options in the restaurant?

Yes, we’ve everything from snacks to meals. Please take a look at Undercroft Restaurant.

Can we park nearby?

Unfortunately the narrow streets means we can’t offer parking, apart from a very limited disabled area.

However many families enjoy making a day of it by using the Cathedral shuttle bus from the railway station. There is also a Park and Ride scheme. There are more details in Getting Here.

Make a climb up Durham Cathedral's towers the high point of your visit

Climb the central tower or north west tower for the best views over the UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham City and the surrounding countryside. Admission charges apply. Children must be 8 years+

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How I See It! Young Curators

Things to See and Do including the Cabbage' Window, Harry Potter locations and smells and stinks in Open Treasure.

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Video: The story behind Durham Cathedral in LEGO

Why we started building the Cathedral in LEGO, some of the people involved and some timelapse of how it grew.

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Video: St Cuthbert

How a shepherd became a monk, plus why Vikings and milkmaids are so important to our story.

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Video: Building the Cathedral

From the White Church to the current building, taking in murdered bishops and exceptional geometry.

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Video: Life in the Monastery

No knickers and getting up at midnight to go to church - would you have wanted to be a monk?

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Video: The Reformation

How smashing open the Treasures of St Cuthbert didn't go quite as planned for King Henry VIII...

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Video: Open Treasure

Journey through time in our Open Treasure exhibition in some of the most amazing surviving monastic buildings in the UK!

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