Durham Cathedral is a place of welcome, worship and hospitality.

Our doors are open to everyone, especially those who want to talk to someone about something that is troubling and those who are feeling lonely.

Whether you want to share a concern or want someone to pray with, our chaplains and listeners are always ready to greet you with a friendly ear and a reassuring smile.


We aim to have a chaplain available in the Cathedral every day to offer pastoral ministry with visitors, volunteers and staff and to be a friendly, welcoming face around the Cathedral. Chaplains are ordained ministers of the Church of England or other Christian churches.


A team of listeners, trained by Durham Christian Partnership, are in the Cathedral most weekday mornings, available for anyone who wants to talk to someone.

Listeners, who share the Christian faith that underpins the Cathedral’s ministry, are trained in listening skills but not in pastoral counselling. Occasionally, they may refer a person to the chaplain or to an agency which can provide specialist support.


We can also provide information about different agencies who are able to offer specialist support for visitors seeking pastoral care.