Suitable for ages: Young Children (4-8), Older Children (9-12) and Teenagers (13-18)
Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor
Durham Cathedral is a worthwhile visit whether you are interested in religion, history, architecture or nature! Welcoming of all faiths and ages, this is a charming experience that always has kids hushed in awe just from the mysterious and reverent atmosphere.
The Cathedral contains the remains of Cuthbert, the saintly seventh-century bishop of Lindisfarne; it also holds the tomb of Bede, the chronicler of Cuthbert's life and the first English historian. There are guided tours available and whilst here you may visit: The Treasures of St Cuthbert, Monks' Dormitory, The 'Building the Church' exhibition, The Audio-Visual Display, The Tower and The Cathedral Library.
Printed guides for family trails are available for the Cathedral and the woodlands and riverbanks. Children who are able enjoy climbing the Cathedral Tower (note a minimum height restriction applies), and pre booked family tours can be arranged.
There are some stunning walks around the cathedral's nearby woodland and riverside if you have the weather for it, where you'll encounter the Corn Mill and the Fulling Mill, Prebend's Bridge, a variety of charming boat houses and The Count's House folly.
As an active place of worship, which also attracts many other events, the Cathedral is not always fully accessible to visitors. Please enquire at The Chapter Office if you wish to visit on a particular day, especially when travelling far, as there can be special events and services or functions which may necessitate adjustment to their timetables. Generally though, they're very welcoming and let you do your own thing if you're quiet.
- Picnics Allowed
- Wheelchair Friendly
- Baby Changing Available
- Disabled Toilets Available
- Parking Available On-site
- Parking Available Nearby
- Pushchair Friendly
Getting There and Contact Information
The Chapter Office, The College, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EH, England
Click here to visit Durham Cathedral's website
0191 386 4266
Standard Opening Times and Pricing
Monday to Sunday 07:00 - 18:00