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We want your visit to be as enjoyable as possible. Here are some common questions and their answers:

How much is it to visit Durham Cathedral?

Entry is free. However when you visit, please donate as generously as you can so free entry can remain.

We suggest a donation of £3 per person.

The Open Treasure exhibition and North West Tower Tour charge for admission.

How can I check in advance if it's possible to visit on a particular day?

Our events are listed in What’s On.

We post information about occasional restricted access in Opening times.

The Open Treasure exhibition is sometimes closed to change the exhibits. Please take a look at Open Treasure for dates.

Can I bring luggage or large bags?

Bags up to standard hand luggage size are allowed. Because of security issues, large bags are not allowed inside. Unfortunately we don’t have any storage facilities.

Can I take photos inside Durham Cathedral?

Durham Cathedral welcomes respectful non-flash visitor photography both inside and outside the Cathedral. There are a few restrictions due to our life as a working church, please visit our photography page for more information.

Are dogs allowed?

Dogs are allowed in the Cloister and Cathedral grounds but not inside. You can access the Cloister from the North Bailey entrance, which avoids walking through the Cathedral church.

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and support dogs are welcome throughout the Cathedral and Open Treasure exhibition.

Can I bring in food and water?

Please don’t bring food or drink with you into the Cathedral, apart from bottled water.

Do you have a cafe or restaurant?

Yes, we have the Undercroft Restaurant off the Cloister, serving snacks, drinks and hot meals.

Where are the toilets?

Accessible toilets are available beyond the Cathedral Shop and Undercroft Restaurant, which lie off the Cloister. There are also toilets half-way round the Open Treasure exhibition.

Can I park near the Cathedral?

Our narrow, medieval streets mean there is no parking at the Cathedral itself or nearby. There is also a congestion charge if you drive onto the Durham City peninsula.

We recommend using public transport or Park and Ride schemes. Find out more in Getting here.

Is there disabled parking?

There is a very limited amount of disabled parking. There are more details in Accessibility.

Who are the people dressed in the coloured robes?

These are our volunteer stewards, dressed in blue, purple and red robes. If you have a question, they will be delighted to help you. You can also ask at the Visitor Desk.

How can I contact you?

Please email or call our Visitor Desk on 0191 338 7178