Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Durham Castle and Cathedral


EXPLORE THIS STUNNING UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE

Take some time out of your schedule to visit Durham Castle and Cathedral – the largest and finest example of Norman architecture in England. This stunning living site has been in use for almost 1000 years and is a 15-minute walk from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham, or a shuttle bus ride away. Explore this lovely UNESCO World Heritage Site and third oldest university in England.
 
What to see at Durham Cathedral

  • Visit the burial site of the famous 7th century European scholar, poet, scientist and historian Bede and St. Cuthbert, regarded as the patron saint of Northern England.
  • Regular services are held four times a day and one of the cathedral’s main attractions include occasional concerts and recitals, as well as daily singing of choral services – including evensong.
  • Enjoy a cup of tea at the Undercroft restaurant and explore one of the beautiful exhibits.
 
For kids and the young at heart
Harry Potter fans of all ages will recognize the beautiful cloisters of Durham Cathedral, which served as Hogwarts’ quadrangle in the films. In addition, check out the fun LEGO version of the cathedral at the foyer of the Undercroft.
 
What to do at Durham Castle
  • Enjoy a guided tour of the castle which serves as halls of residence for Durham University students during the school year.
  • Go for a walk on the Palace Green between the castle and cathedral, and enjoy seasonal activity trails ideal for families.
  • Grab a bite at the Courtyard Café in the Palace Green Library
 
Plan your visit from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham
  • Durham Cathedral
  • Opening hours
    • Monday – Saturday: 09:30 – 18:00
    • Sunday: 09:30 – 17:30
    • Bank Holidays   09:30 – 18:00
  • For worship and private prayer
    • Monday – Saturday: 07:30 – 09:30
    • Sunday: 07:45 – 12:30
  • Exhibitions
    • Open daily 10:00 -17:00 (Sundays 12:30 – 17:00)
  • Guided tours
    • Monday – Saturday: 11:00 and 14:00 (Summer offers additional tours at 10:30)
  • Fees
  • Visiting the cathedral and cloisters are free, but donations are suggested
    • Admission to exhibits
      • Children under 5: Free
      • Children between 5-18: £2.50
      • Adults: £7.50
    • Guided tours (Available in a variety of languages)
      • Children and concessions: £4.50
      • Adults: £5
 
  • Durham Castle
  • Tickets must be purchased at the Palace Green Library or the World Heritage Site Visitor Centre
    • Children under 5: Free
    • Children over 5: £4.00
    • Adults: £5
    • Adults over 60: £4
    • Family (2 adults, 3 children): £15
For guided tours, please click here for more information