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Open Treasure is currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions.

We hope to reopen as soon as we are able. 

Find more information about Durham Cathedral's response to coronavirus on our news page.

Visit Open Treasure, an outstanding exhibition experience through the UK's most intact medieval monastic buildings.


Accessibility within Open Treasure

Accessing the exhibition spaces

The entrance to Open Treasure is via stairs from the Cloister up to the Monks’ Dormitory. There is an enclosed platform lift to access the first floor and the starting point for the exhibition.

The two main galleries are not at ground floor level so there is no level access route into Open Treasure. The lift and exhibition spaces are unable to accommodate motorised scooters.

The lift is 1.4m deep, and 1.1m wide, with a door width of 90cm.

After the Collections Gallery, there is another enclosed platform lift to take visitors back down to ground floor level.

There are benches throughout the Open Treasure exhibition experience for visitors who wish to stop and rest.

Assistance dogs

Guide dogs, hearing dogs and support dogs are welcome in Open Treasure.

Visitors with a visual impairment

The majority of the Open Treasure exhibition is text based. However gallery attendants and volunteer stewards can explain and give information about exhibits.

There are some tactile exhibits within the exhibition, as well as scents and music.

Touch Tours will soon be available. Dates will be announced in advance and booking will be essential. Please take a look at What's On.

A large print version of the text is available.

Visitors with a hearing impairment

There is currently no audio guide to Open Treasure.

The information desks in Open Treasure are fitted with induction loops.

British Sign Language tours are occasionally available, dates are announced in advance and booking is essential. Upcoming British Sign Language tours will be listed on our What's On page.

Accessible toilets

There is one accessible toilet within Open Treasure. The main Cathedral toilet block near the Shop and Restaurant also has accessible toilets.