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Durham Cathedral

The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Impressive must see

A very impressive architectural and historic building - a must see for anyone who appreciates such... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2016
Trevor L
Doncaster, United Kingdom
Just beautiful

A lovely setting. Very peaceful and free of charge. There were loads of volunteer staff around who... read more

Reviewed August 14, 2016
Croxley Green, United Kingdom
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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. Built in 1093, the Cathedral is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK. These spectacular spaces house Open Treasure, a world-class visitor experience which reveals the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections through temporary and permanent exhibits for visitors of all ages. Entrance to Durham Cathedral is free, with donations invited. Charges apply to group tours, public tours and Open Treasure.
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The College, Durham DH1 3EH, England
+44 191 386 4266
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Reviewed August 14, 2016

A very impressive architectural and historic building - a must see for anyone who appreciates such buildings.

Thank Trevor L
Reviewed August 14, 2016

A lovely setting. Very peaceful and free of charge. There were loads of volunteer staff around who were so willing to chat about the place. Really enjoyed it.

Thank GillRobson
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

A afternoon steeped in history. What a wonderful experience. The guides are very knowledgeable & extremely helpful. The lunch also served at the cathedral was delicious & home cooked. The cakes were melt in the mouth gorgeous

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Reviewed August 14, 2016

Have visited many times before and this time we'd gone specifically to see the Lego Cathedral and were delighted to see it. An amazing construction and the enthusiasm of the attendants in describing the project and showing us "into" the building were hugely valuable.

Thank Dave M
Reviewed August 14, 2016

A unique experiment in urban development, Durham was created when the bones of St. Cuthbert needed a resting place and the monks involved selected an uninhabited rocky crag as his final resting place. The cathedral came first, the castle and town followed latter. A wonderful...More

Thank deanarmond
Reviewed August 14, 2016

It was lovely wandering around the huge cathedral and taking it all the different areas. Lovely to see the Lego cathedral and the cloisters where Harry Potter was filmed. The stained glass windows was amazing. Staff were friendly and welcoming.

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Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Only had a quick run through but was a really breath taking cathedral that is clearly loved and taken good care of. Felt alive and active. The model lego construction is pretty impressive too!

Thank Joe T
Reviewed August 14, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic place to visit. Unfortunate that the tower was closed. Very interesting and in a lovely location.

Thank Sam M
Reviewed August 14, 2016

What a lovely place to visit,cathedral is amazing how they built it all those years ago, I'm not really religious but when you enter a place like that you do seem to be struck by a feeling of religious belief, the craftsmanship of such a...More

Thank Alan S
Reviewed August 13, 2016

Last visited this wonderful place when I was about eight so a second visit was long overdue. Entrance is free but they do however, intend to put exhibitions on so that they can continue to restore the building. Really interesting walking round reading about the...More

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July 25, 2017|
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Response from brian1112222015 | Reviewed this property |
I'm not sure I would contact the cathedral directly.
October 27, 2016|
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Response from Maggid62 | Reviewed this property |
The Cathedral opens early for worship (about 7.45) you can go in during this time. The building is open until 6pm. Open Treasure (the new exhibition) opens at 10 and has last entry at 4pm. Hope this helps.
August 25, 2016|
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Response from Susan W | Reviewed this property |
The scaffolding is just around the top of one tower so doesn't spoil the Cathedral too much really worth a visit