Built in 1093 to house the Shrine of St Cuthbert, Durham Cathedral is renowned for its magnificent Romanesque architecture and spectacular location at the heart of the Durham World Heritage Site. It is also the resting place of the Venerable Bede.
Highlights include the twelfth-century Galilee Chapel with its original medieval wall paintings, the towering sandstone pillars in the Nave, and the stunning Rose Window in the Chapel of the Nine Altars. Don’t miss the medieval Cloister, which featured in the first two Harry Potter films, or the Undercroft, now home to the Cathedral Shop, Undercroft Restaurant and Durham Cathedral in LEGO.
The Cathedral’s Open Treasure museum, temporarily closed, is an interactive museum taking visitors through some of Durham Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces, including the fourteenth-century Monks’ Dormitory and the monastic Great Kitchen. Also climb the 325 steps up the central tower, also temporarily closed, to enjoy unrivalled views over historic Durham City.