Family adventures

We love welcoming visitors of all ages to Durham Cathedral. Come and explore, learn, enjoy, play, and experience the wonder of this historic place and the surrounding riverbanks.

Free entry for kids

Did you know that kids go free in Durham Cathedral Museum and the Tower? Children under the age of 18 can experience areas of the cathedral which usually have an additional charge, absolutely free with an accompanying adult.

Climb the 365 steps to the top of the Tower See the treasures of St Cuthbert in the Museum

Upcoming family events and activities


Monday 10 July 2023 - Sunday 10 September 2023

This summer, experience the Earth as it’s seen from space as Luke Jerram’s giant illuminated globe, Gaia, comes to Durham Cathedral.

More info

Be an outdoor explorer

Explore the woodland paths and riverside trails around the cathedral. Take a look at the woodlands and riverbanks page for walking routes and more information.

Riverbank and woodland trails

Don't forget to look up...

Take some time and see what you can find when looking up at the vaulted ceilings, the pillars, colourful stained glass windows, the font and Prior Castell’s Clock. The most amazing things to see in the cathedral are often up high above your head. Prepare to surprise your eyes with 'wow' moments at every turn.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where are the toilets?

Accessible toilets and baby-changing facilities can be found in the toilet block. Go through the cloister and exit beyond the shop and café.

Download a cathedral map

Can I bring a pushchair into the cathedral?

Yes, we welcome children in pushchairs and the majority of the building is step-free. However, due to the age of the building, some parts of the cathedral are only accessible by stairs. Access to the shop, restaurant, toilets and museum is via stairs or lift. For further details to help you plan your visit, see our accessibility page.

Is breastfeeding permitted in the cathedral?

Yes, Durham Cathedral supports breastfeeding. Please feel free to feed your child as you wish. If you would prefer a private space to breastfeed, ask at the visitor desk inside the cathedral.

Do you have any children’s food options?

Yes, we have loads of choice in the café. Take a look at our cafe to find out more.

You might prefer to bring a picnic with you – the Monks’ Garden and our riverbank paths are both fantastic to recharge and let off some steam.

What is in the shop for families?

There is something for everyone! We have a wide range of children’s books, toys, activities, games, souvenirs and more, including plenty that can be bought with pocket money. Explore our shop.

Can I park at the cathedral?

Unfortunately the narrow streets means we can’t offer parking, apart from a very limited disabled area. However, many families enjoy making a day of it by using the Cathedral shuttle bus from the railway station. There is also a Park and Ride scheme. Find out more about getting here.

Do you have information about visiting with children who have access or sensory needs?

Everyone is welcome at Durham Cathedral. For tips about visiting the cathedral with disabilities, sensory needs and information about the accessibility of different spaces around the cathedral visit our Accessibility page