Set on a rocky promontory next to the Castle, with the medieval city huddled below and the river sweeping round, the profile of the World Heritage Site is instantly recognisable to travellers on the East Coast railway line.
The Community of Cuthbert arrived in Durham from Lindisfarne in 995 and built an Anglo-Saxon cathedral.
In 1083 a community of Benedictine monks was established in Durham following the Norman Conquest.
Construction of the Cathedral as we know it today was started in 1093 by Bishop William of St Calais.
Built in the awe-inspiring Norman style, Durham Cathedral contains the remains of two saints, St Cuthbert & St Bede.
Monday – Saturday until 18:00
Sunday until 17:30
Summer times vary, see here
We encourage visitors to make a donation and do not charge admission. Please donate as generously as you can as we care for this wonderful building and all that we do.
The cathedral suggest a donation of £3 per person.
Entry to the Cathedral is via the Galilee Chapel, as the north door is currently closed for maintenance work.