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Durham Cathedral, Durham

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Must see · World heritage site · Church · Historic Site
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Regarded as one of the finest examples of Norman architecture and included on UNESCO’s World Heritage list, Durham Cathedral was founded in 1093 to replace an earlier church, which housed the shrine of Saint Cuthbert of Lindisfarne. Today, the cathedral’s treasures include relics of Saint Cuthbert, the head of Saint Oswald of Northumbria, and the remains of the Venerable Bede. The cathedral’s library contains one of the most complete sets of early printed books in England. Stop by for a daily Church of England service, or climb the cathedral’s iconic central tower, rising to 66 m (217 ft) and offering sweeping views of the city and the surrounding area. Plan your Durham Cathedral visit and explore what else you can see and do in Durham using our Durham attractions tool.
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  • Wow what a place. It is free to enter with a recommended donation of £5 however it is not compulsory. There is no limit to the time you can spend here. Considering it’s age the Cathedral is in... 
    Wow what a place. It is free to enter with a recommended donation of £5 however it is not compulsory. There is no limit to the time you can spend here. Considering it’s age the Cathedral is in...  more »
  • On Saturday 4th June, we drove from wales to stay in Durham and attend the jubilee service. What a magnificent building this was to hold suck an event. Well organised and beautifully sung, this did... 
    On Saturday 4th June, we drove from wales to stay in Durham and attend the jubilee service. What a magnificent building this was to hold suck an event. Well organised and beautifully sung, this did...  more »
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  • Your standard old cathedral building, full of history and things to look at. Very limited information signs to learn about the objects and I wasn't offered an audio guide like other cathedrals have The tower has a charge of £5 to climb, which isn't mentioned at the front gate so take into consideration when giving your voluntary donation.
  • Accommodation was clean, we only had scrambled egg on toast for breakfast but the guests who had a full English declared it excellent, the empty plates backed that up. Meals were traditional pub food, but was good quality. The owners were very pleasant and wanting you to enjoy your time in their home/ business.

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