About the cathedral
Described as ‘the best Cathedral on planet earth’ (Bill Bryson), Durham Cathedral forms part of a UNESCO World Heritage Site with breath-taking Romanesque architecture, exquisite stained glass, and the most complete set of surviving monastic buildings. Durham Cathedral has been a place of prayer and pilgrimage for more than a millennium. It houses the shrine of St Cuthbert, the 7th century Bishop of Lindisfarne; and the tomb of the Venerable Bede, author of the early 8th century The Ecclesiastical History of the English People, who is known as the The Father of English History.
Things to do include climbing the Cathedral Tower, guided tours, special exhibitions and family activities. The Cathedral sits high on the Durham Peninsula and can be reached via many of the woodland footpaths along the banks of the River Wear. It is a place of worship, welcome and hospitality and visitors are always welcome.