Each year over 600,000 people come to Durham Cathedral from all over the world.
We want you to feel welcome at the Cathedral, whether you come to worship or pray on your own, to see the historic building or to explore the long history of Christianity in this area. The Cathedral is normally open every day, but occasionally services or special events mean that access for visitors has to be restricted. If you are coming from a long distance or with a group it is best to check with us first in order to avoid disappointment. Also, if your mobility is restricted and you need extra help from us to make your visit enjoyable, please contact us in advance and we will do what we can to help.
We do not charge a fee to enter the Cathedral. However, since it costs more than £60,000 a week to maintain the Cathedral and other buildings together with our ministry and mission and — unlike cathedrals in many other countries — we do not receive any state aid for this, we ask our visitors to make a donation towards the running costs of the Cathedral. Your help in this way will enable us to keep the Cathedral open and free for future visitors. If you are a British tax payer, Gift Aid envelopes are available which enable us to reclaim the tax on your donation.
General enquiries should be addressed to:
The Chapter Office, The College, Durham, DH1 3EH
Telephone: 0191 386 4266; Facsimile: 0191 386 4267