Welcome to Durham
Calling all students, we welcome you to get to know the cathedral at the heart of your bustling city.
You're always welcome to come and explore the 1000 year old building, whether its to learn more about the history in the Museum or for a quiet space away from daily life.
Just a few of the things to do here at the cathedral...
- Join one of the regular daily services which everyone is welcome to attend. Find out more on our Faith & Worship page.
- Climb the Tower - although some Durham University students are superstitious that climbing the tower before graduation might affect their exam results(!), which makes it a little busy around Graduations!
- Grab a coffee or re-fuel at the Undercroft Cafe and if you bring your own reusable cup get 10% off any hot drinks
- Pick up up new stationary for the academic year at our shop - don't forget your student card for 10% off
- Take some time out to pause and reflect, sit for a while in the pews or perhaps you might like to light a candle as a sign of prayer
Upcoming Events, Music and Services
Durham Choral Society - Mozart Mass in C Minor and Piano Concerto Number 21
Event date and start time
Saturday 20 January 20247:30pm Book tickets
Durham Cathedral and Harry Potter
Over the years, we've welcomed film crews to Durham Cathedral, often the perfect location for everything from documentaries to blockbuster films. Most notably, various locations across the cathedral were used in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.
You can wander around The Cloisters which were used in various Hogwarts corridor scenes, or look out into the Cloister Garth where famous scene when Ron's 'eat slugs' curse backfires. Plus, visit the Chapter House which was used as Professor McGonagalls classroom!
In November 2021, to mark the 20th anniversary of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone first hitting our cinema screens, we invited in the Durham University Harry Potter Society for a photoshoot.