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Durham Celebration Evening


We have outlined a detailed itinerary for you to ensure you get the most from your evening with us at the prestigious Durham Cathedral.

  • 4.45pm – 5.00pm Arrival and registration

Entry is through the front door of the Cathedral where we will greet and direct you to the registration desk in the Cloisters which doubled as a film location for Hogwarts in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone back in 2001.

Please note that there is an Evensong Service in the Cathedral from 5.15pm to 6.15pm. If you arrive between these times you will need to be quiet when walking across the back of the Cathedral.

  • 5.00pm – 6.00pm Private viewing of Open Treasures and The Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer exhibition

The exhibition space will be opened exclusively for us for one hour. Please arrive promptly if possible to give yourself time to register and have sufficient time to see everything. The time you will need will depend on personal preference but we suggest that you allow a minimum of 30 – 40 minutes to fully appreciate the exhibits. It can take up to an hour if you are particularly interested in history. Towards the end of the viewing is the opportunity to see the Treasures of St Cuthbert including his original coffin and cross as well as the original Sanctuary Knocker.

  • Available from 6.00pm Drinks and buffet served in the Cloisters
  • 6.15pm – 7.15pm Durham Cathedral

You will have the opportunity during this hour to visit various points of interest within the Cathedral and there will be Durham Cathedral Guides on hand to enhance your experience. Afterwards you are welcome to return to the Cloisters for a drink and a chat with the Clive Owen team.

  • 7.15pm Cathedral closes. Front door locked.
  • 7.15pm – 8.30pm Drinks and buffet continue in the Cloisters

Feel free to return to the Cloisters at any point for a drink or to chat with the Clive Owen team.
Exiting the Cathedral after 7.15pm, will be via the Arch in the Cloisters and into South Bailey.



Durham Cathedral is “The best cathedral on Planet Earth’’ according to author Bill Bryson.

Built in the awe-inspiring Norman style, Durham Cathedral has been a place of worship, welcome and hospitality for almost one thousand years. Located at the heart of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, Durham Cathedral is one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe.

Built in 1093, the Cathedral is famous as the Shrine of St Cuthbert and the resting place of the Venerable Bede. Durham Cathedral also boasts the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK.

There are various points of interest within the Cathedral, for example:
1. The Rose Window
2. The Chapel of Nine Altars
3. Shrine of St Cuthbert
4. The Galilee Chapel

You can also review this interactive map to help you plan your walk around the Cathedral and choose the things you would most like to see: interactive-map

Open Treasure

Open Treasure is a new must-see visitor attraction at the heart of Durham Cathedral, with interactive exhibits for visitors of all ages and a dynamic rolling exhibition programme.

Journey through the most intact surviving set of medieval monastic buildings in the UK, including the 14th century Monks’ Dormitory and Great Kitchen, as the remarkable story of Durham Cathedral and its incredible collections is revealed.

For more details Open Treasure

Open Treasure – Miners: Pitmen, Pride and Prayer

Celebrate the mining heritage of County Durham with a fascinating exhibition in the Open Treasure Collections Gallery. Twenty-five years since the closure of the last County Durham colliery, and 75 years since the founding of the ‘Bevin Boys’, we explore the Cathedral’s links to coalmining in the region, the continuing role of the Durham Miners’ Gala, and how mining remains an integral part of County Durham life.

You can see additional details here: Miners Exhibition 

The Durham Cathedral website is very informative; durhamcathedral.co.uk

If you have any further queries, please do not hesitate to contact:

Alison Bradley on 0191 384 2244 or alison.bradley@cliveowen.com


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