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Reviewed today

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 memory exceedingly well I always find. If you have not been, do so, it is worth it.

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Reviewed today 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 guide for details as all I can say is we must treasure these buildings whatever one’s view in religion, as time capsules of history.
Go early to get peace before is fills with the sounds of voices and footsteps.

Thank concertjon
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Reviewed yesterday

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. The fact that thes young musicians were around the same age as the brave young soldiers of 1914 wasn’t lost on us. The although we didn’t take one, guided tours were on offer. Situated on top of a hill, it’s a steep walk up to the cathedral. However, regular buses will take those that need them right to the entrance.

Thank Roy R
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Reviewed yesterday 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 place of worship.. It is discriminatory in my view. I support the cathedral in lots of ways but I will not do so in future and will not return due to this. We also visted the coffee shop to be fed expensive dry and not very nice chocolate cake at almost £3.00 a slice.

The cathedral has lost its sense of community by introducing this compulsory donation and feel that those who run the cathedral have forgotten how much deprivation. Exists in the area and that this will only result in a widening gap between members of local communities, the cathedral and the Christian faith.

Very dissapointed!

Thank David T
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DurhamCathedral, Marketing Officer at Durham Cathedral, responded to this reviewResponded today

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.

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Reviewed yesterday

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 the cathedral architecture, materials to build and decorate the cathedral, the meanings of details in the cathedrals. unfortunately it is not allowed to take picture inside the cathedral
However, the open treasure is a bit expensive taking into acount the number of exhibit

Thank Diemmy
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Reviewed yesterday

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 windows. The cloisters are a lovely peaceful area.
Until February there is an exhibition of The Treasures of St Cuthbert and close to the cathedral shop is a Lego model of the cathedral with incredible detail.
You will need at least 2 to 3 hours to cover the majority of it all.

Thank Beatrice-TA
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Reviewed 4 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 person and then they have donation boxes all around the Cathedral.

Thank Alecg
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Reviewed 6 days 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,

Thank Philippa N
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Reviewed 6 days ago

.We go to the cathedral on most times we are in Durham as we live not far from there. The cathedral has many beautiful stained glass windows in particular the miners window plus we like visiting the DLI chapel .We also like having a break in the re staurant. We love the feeling of peace when wandering around the cathedral. Entrance to the cathedral is free but of course a donation is always welcome many other places make a charge before you are allowed to enter.

Thank njtravellers2018
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The Cathedral is a beautiful place to visit and we take all our family & friends when they visit . At the moment the tower is being restored but don’t let that put you off - we love to wander around the cloisters , visit the saints tombs ( Cuthbert and Bede) , Harry Potter was filmed in parts here too. The Cathedral has a great shop and I have bought quite a few lovely stocking fillers from there in the past and finish with a coffee in the under ground cafe ( cake v good too ) . Top tip visit when the lumiere is on( every other November - next year 2019 ) when it’s completely lit up and normally filled with exhibits . In December there will be the Christmas markets ... we don’t bother with the big tent on the green but head straight inside to the cloisters where they have the food market - it’s my favourite thing ... one last thing they do a carol service open to all .. happened on this by chance last year and stopped it was just so evocative with all ages together ( and I cannot sing ) . Come visit .. the Cathedral has so much to offer ...hope you enjoy ps it’s free ( donations )

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