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Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe...more
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 23 October 2009

Having travelled to many places around the world, I still find that the first World Heritage Site I ever saw has an amazing effect on me. Of course, Durham Cathdral was not a WHS then. It was just the Cathedral a few miles up the...More

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Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 2 July 2013

On entering a side chapel inside the Cathedral I took a photo (no flash) and was instantly "apprehended" by a person dressed in resplendent red. She said very abruptly "No Photographs allowed" (I had taken some years earlier with no problem) then immediately said "take...More

13  Thank musgrave_dodgson
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100% go to Durham Cathedral! I was here early before a guided tour and basically had the place to myself in the morning at about 10:00 on a weekday. I was able to stand at the shrine of St. Cuthbert alone for several minutes. The...More

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Reviewed yesterday

This was my first visit to the cathedral. The vergers were very helpful to explain the important history of the building. It was so memorable inside and I will definitely be visiting again. The cafe and the shop are worth a visit too.

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Reviewed yesterday

Tremendously deep sense of history and assisted by dozens of helpful volunteers. No photos inside so some of the outside and in the Cathedral restaurant. Massive 1000 year old building and architecture, deep and poignant sense of history, in UK we do this type of...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I suppose as Cathedrals rely more on their visitors for income, reviews on this site are inevitable. However, what ever one’s reason for visiting the sheer immensity of the construction is incredible. It’s position too adds extra grandeur. Read a guide book or ask a...More

Thank concertjon
Reviewed 2 days ago

A stunning example of Norman architecture that left us marvelling at how such a vast and beautifully detailed structure was built almost 1000 years ago. During our visit, the day before the Remembrance service, a youth brass band was rehearsing, which added to the ambience....More

Thank Roy R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I visited the cathedral with my son on Saturday to lay remembramce crosses and was prevented from entering before i paid a 'donation' of 3 pounds.i feel that this is disgusting that you have to pay to visit the cathedral which I use as a...More

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DurhamCathedral, Marketing Officer at Durham Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Dear David, we’re very sorry that you had such an experience during your visit - please get in contact with us directly at events@durhamcathedral.co.uk and we’ll discuss this further in more detail.

Reviewed 2 days ago

I read about the history of the cathedral before visiting and it was beyond my imagination. The outside seems not so impressive (if compare, for example with York Minster) but the inside is astonishing. I took guided tour and it was worthy. Many stories around...More

Thank Diemmy
Reviewed 2 days ago

After a climb up to the cathedral the view is breathtaking. The tower is out of action at the moment due to renovations. You are asked to make a contribution as soon as you enter. The place is vast and contains some stunning stained glass...More

Thank Beatrice-TA
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

This is the first time we have been to Durham Cathedral. It is a very interesting place to visit. There are plenty of staff if you want to ask questions. The only downside to the visit was they ask you for a £3 donation per...More

Thank Alecg
Reviewed 1 week ago

Very interesting cathedral, with the Venerable Bede actually buried here, lots to see including a very old clock, and a very good shop and restaurant in the old cellar, very well maintained,

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Response from Alex_Fearn1959 | Reviewed this property |
Indeed you can, with a choice of either traditional or tealight candles.
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Response from tripsrme | Reviewed this property |
It’s a cathedral! Why would you want Wi-fi??
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Response from markpittscom | Reviewed this property |
Half the people there are carrying cameras. Most are also taking taking pictures when cathedral personnel are not watching.