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St Cuthbert is often referred to as the Patron Saint of Northern England.

Every year special services and events are held on and around his saint’s day of 20 March.

Why is this festival so important for Durham Cathedral?

This Cathedral is St Cuthbert's final resting place. His body was brought to Durham by the monks from Lindisfarne. They then built this cathedral to house his shrine. So our connection to the saint is very strong.

The Shrine of St Cuthbert

Visitors may pay their respects to St Cuthbert at his shrine within the Cathedral at any time of year. Find out more in the Shrine of St Cuthbert.

The Treasures of St Cuthbert

The Treasures of St Cuthbert form an amazing display in our Open Treasure exhibition. In the atmospheric surroundings of the monks’ former Great Kitchen, you can see his actual coffin and the cross we think he wore. Find our more in Treasures of St Cuthbert.


St Cuthbert Festival Walk and Procession – 16 March 2019

9.30am, St Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s Church, Chester-le-Street
St Cuthbert’s Festival Walk and Procession

The Northumbrian Association holds its annual walk from Chester-le-Street to Durham Cathedral in honour of St Cuthbert. It is symbolic of the arrival of the body and relics of St Cuthbert in Durham in 994AD, and the formation of the Anglo-Saxon White Church, a precursor of today’s great Norman Cathedral. This is a free event – to reserve a place please contact

Join the Friends of the Camino

The Northumbrian Association walkers will be joined at Finchale Abbey by the Durham Friends of the Camino who are joining in the festivities celebrating St Cuthbert and pilgrimage. We will add booking details once available.

Arrival at Durham

All the walkers arrive at the Cathedral via Durham’s Market Place. The St Cuthbert Banner will be carried in procession from the Market Place to the Cathedral to be welcomed at 2.10pm for a procession and prayers to the Shrine of St Cuthbert.