DUrham cathedral is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality.

We are open to pre-booked groups on:
Monday to Saturday 9.30am – 5.00pm
Sunday 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Pre-booked groups of 12 or more people receive a range of exclusive benefits with a group rate of £5.00 per person. Group packages are available for either a free-flow visit with a self-guide leaflet each in a variety of  languages, or a guided tour of the Cathedral which lasts approximately an hour & a quarter. Further focus tours and talks are also available for more special interests, including selected behind the scenes tours for an additional supplement.  

Packages can include a visit to Open Treasurea new world-class exhibition experience at Durham Cathedral.  Embark on a journey of discovery through the claustral buildings of the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory with its spectacular oak-beamed ceiling, a new state-of-the-art Collections Gallery and the magnificent Great Kitchen, one of the only two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK. For a discounted joint ticket to the Cathedral and Open Treasure the group rate is £10.00 per person.

For further information see Open Treasure



Lunch or refreshments can be taken on an individual basis in the Undercroft Restaurant with its vaulted ceilings, or together as a group to make the day more special, in the medieval Prior’s Hall, which was formally the Prior’s dining room when the Cathedral was a Monastery.

The Cathedral Shop is located just off the medieval Cloister opposite the Undercroft Restaurant.  It is the perfect place to buy souvenirs and unique gifts.

Evening group visits can be scheduled after-hours, subject to availability, and can include optional fine dining with bespoke menus to suit any occasion.

Package of exclusive benefits to groups include:

• Private group guided tour, also available in various languages
• Free place for the group organiser or tour manager
• Free self-guide leaflets for unguided tours in various languages
• Free familiarization visit for organiser ahead of any visit
• Free coach parking at Durham city centre coach park
• Refreshment voucher for the coach driver

Exclusive behind the scenes tours and talks on specialist subjects can be arranged. These may include entry into areas not open to the general public. To ensure availability please book as early as possible.

• Northern Saints
• Pilgrimage Tour
• Architecture
• Stained Glass Windows
• Embroidery & Textiles*
• Antiquarian and Early Printed Books of the Cathedral Library
• History of Cathedral Music
• Decorative Art in the Cathedral
• The Art of the Woodcarver
• Other subjects available by request
(* additional charges apply to some specialist tours)

Further Information and Booking 

Payment can be made on arrival at the Visitor Desk inside the Cathedral, in one payment for the whole group by cash, debit/credit card or cheque (made payable to Durham Cathedral). Payment by invoice is by prior arrangement. Minimum numbers or charges apply.

Photography is not permitted inside the Cathedral as it is a sacred place for people to pray and visit undisturbed. Photographs may be taken outside and in the Cloister, and there are many postcards and CDs of images available to purchase in the Cathedral Shop.

Most of the Cathedral is accessible, however as an historic building there are some uneven floors and certain areas are limited.  Open Treasure is fully accessible. Wheelchairs are available on request.  Assistance dogs welcome. If you need any extra help or advice please let us know in advance.

Getting Here
There is restricted vehicular access to the Cathedral with no coaches and no parking. Free coach parking is available at the City Centre Coach Park (postcode DH1 1SQ). Durham County Council provides a public shuttle bus service from the Coach Park and the Market Place to the Cathedral. An all-day ticket can be purchased on board.  For timetable information click here. 

For information about Durham including maps, accommodation and tourist information, please visit www.thisisdurham.com

Click here for a Durham City Map
Durham Cathedral is a member of the Discover Durham partnership of visitor attractions to promote the County of Durham as an exciting group travel destination. Please see www.discoverdurham.co.uk for more information.

As a working Church, booking for groups is essential as special services or other events may be scheduled to take place on the intended day of your visit.  Bookings are all subject to availability.

Our Group Visit Print can be downloaded here to share with your group. 

A booking request form for group visits can be downloaded here

A booking request form for student group visits can be downloaded here.

Group Menus can be downloaded here.

We wish to provide a most enjoyable experience for all visitors, and understand that each group has its individual needs. To discuss your requirements further please contact the Group Travel Officer, via visits@durhamcathedral.co.uk or telephone 0191 374 4050