Durham Cathedral is voted number one UK landmark

A poll of world travellers sees Durham Cathedral named top UK landmark.


Durham Cathedral pipped York Minster and Edinburgh’s Camera Obscura and World of Illusion to the post in the inaugural Travellers’ Choice Attractions Awards, organised by Trip Advisor. It was also voted 20th in the Europe-wide list.

The splendid attraction, overlooking one of Britain’s prettiest cities from a dramatic peninsula, is a magnificent masterpiece of Norman architecture that attracts over 600,000 visitors each year. The 66 metre tower gives visitors a stunning view of Durham and the wider north east county, known as the Land of the Prince Bishops.

“I am delighted that Durham Cathedral is hailed as the UK’s number one landmark building,” said Ruth Robson, head of marketing and events at Durham Cathedral. “Durham Cathedral is held with affection by many people, both in the north east of England and worldwide. It is a very special place and whatever prompts a visit, people always appreciate the spirituality and sense of place that the cathedral emulates. It is a grand example of Norman architecture but a very welcoming and warm building.

“We at the cathedral do our best to offer hospitality to all who visit and through the cathedral’s Open Treasure project we look to transform the way visitors can enjoy the cathedral and take inspiration from it. We have already opened our stunning new shop in the Undercroft and over the next few years will be developing new exhibitions and displays in some of the historic buildings off the cloister. As this work takes place, we continue to welcome all who come to this great cathedral church.”

Durham Cathedral’s full name is the Cathedral Church of Christ, Blessed Mary the Virgin and St Cuthbert of Durham. It was begun in 1093 and building was completed 40 years later. The cathedral was built specifically to house the shrine of the north’s best-loved saint, Cuthbert, in whose honour pilgrims came to Durham from all over England. It was also the home of a Benedictine monastic community.

Do you agree with the poll? If not, what is your number one UK landmark? Tweet us @BritainMagazine.

Related articles

Inside Britain’s Palaces
A weekend in Winchester
Scotland’s greatest castles
Gloucester Cathedral
Britain’s greatest cathedrals


Click here to subscribe!