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Heritage Open Days

Saturday 10 September to Monday 19 September

Explore spaces that are usually closed to the public during Heritage Open Days this year, and take a peek behind the scenes with talks by staff at the cathedral.


Activities at the cathedral

Chapter House 

Saturday 10 September, vairous times

Discover the rules the monks lived by, what important event took place here in 1539, who is buried under the floor and what unexpected room is attached to the Chapter House.

Galilee Chapel

Monday 12 September, Friday 16th September

See the resting place of the Venerable Bede, learn why the Galilee Chapel was built, uncover the story of the medieval wall paintings and hear how it was almost destroyed in the 18th century.

Bailey Garden Tour

Tuesday 13 September

Join members of the Cathedral gardening team for a special behind the scenes look at the Bailey Garden.  Hidden away just a short walk from the Cathedral you will get a chance to see where the flowers for the Cathedral and grown and cared for.

Sharp Library 

Wednesday 14 September, Thursday 15 September

Now housed in the medieval Dormitory and discover the extent of the Cathedral's book collection, see what is hidden behind the cupboards and get up close with some of the most unusual books in the Cathedral.

Meet a Verger 

Saturday 17 September

Join Rebekah Best, Deputy Head Verger, in the Chapter House to hear about her role at the Cathedral.  From early openings to late closes, preparing for services and special events Rebekah will have plenty of stories to share about her time here at Durham.

 

Guided walks 

Northern Saints Trail: The Way of Love – free guided walk

Thursday 15th September, 9.30am to early afternoon

Discover stories of the Northern Saints in particular some of the female saints associated with County Durham and Northern England. Walk the final 7 miles of this pilgrimage route, starting at St Helen’s Church, Kelloe arriving at Durham Cathedral early afternoon. The walk will be led by North East England Blue Badge Tourist Guide Ruth Robson. Please dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy footwear.  

Northern Saints Trail: The Way of Learning – free guided walk

Sunday 18 September, 9.30am to early afternoon

Walk in the footsteps of the Community of St Cuthbert, symbolic of a journey made from Lindisfarne to Durham arriving in 995AD. Walk the final 8 miles of this pilgrimage route, also part of the Finchale Camino Ingles, starting at St Mary and St Cuthbert Church, Chester-le-Street arriving at Durham Cathedral early afternoon. The walk will be led by North East England Blue Badge Tourist Guide Ruth Robson. Please dress appropriately for the weather, with sturdy footwear. 

 

Prices and booking

Special experiences for Heritage Open Days are free. Some activities may require booking, more information will be added to this page soon.
 
To book places on the guided walks please contact ThisIsDurham on 03000 262626 or visitor@thisisdurham.com