Explore previously hidden treasures at Durham Cathedral

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Discover 2,000 years of history and explore previously hidden areas on a journey through Durham Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition spaces.

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You could be one of the first visitors to explore Open Treasure, Durham Cathedral’s new world-class exhibition spaces opening in spring/summer 2016. Make your way through the cobbled city streets to this imposing building, admire the view from palace green before heading indoors to discover 2,000 years of history.

Enjoy a guided tour of this majestic building or grab a bite to eat in the Undercroft Restaurant, before embarking on a new exhibition route that will begin in the magnificent 14th Century Monks’ Dormitory and end in the Great Kitchen (one of only two surviving monastic kitchens in the UK). These previously hidden spaces represent some of the most intact surviving medieval monastic buildings in England and home to the best-preserved monastic library in the British Isles.

Discover treasures from the Cathedral’s internationally renowned collection, including stunning medieval manuscripts, rare Anglo-Saxon artefacts and exquisite metalwork, all complemented by an exciting rolling exhibition programme. 

For a truly unique heritage break why not stay at Durham Castle, part of the city's UNESCO World Heritage Site and a great base to explore the city. 

 

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