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Pilgrimage 2020

Durham Cathedral's Year of Pilgrimage

Celebrate the rich history of Durham Cathedral during 2020 – Durham’s Year of Pilgrimage.


Durham Cathedral has been a place of pilgrimages for thousands of years, and in 2020 there are even more reasons to make your own pilgrimage to this magnificent attraction.


The Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, has designated 2020 as Durham’s Year of Pilgrimage in celebration of the launch of six new Northern Saints Trails leading to Durham Cathedral. #Pilgrimage2020 also ties in with the Association of English Cathedral’s national Year of Cathedrals.


These long-distance walking routes are inspired by ancient pilgrimage routes and the stories of the much-loved northern saints: Aidan, Cuthbert, Oswald, Hild and Bede.


As part of the Year of Pilgrimage celebrations visitors of all faiths can enjoy an exciting year-long programme of special services, events, exhibitions and new immersive contemporary art installations. And the cathedral will continue to welcome Diocesan pilgrimages throughout the year.


See the intricate Norman architecture of the 12th century Galilee Chapel transformed by LIGHT – a breathtaking art installation by world-renowned artist Chris Levine. Explore a specially-curated exhibition on the history of pilgrimage in Open Treasure, the cathedral’s ward-winning museum experience. And in the autumn experience Durham Cathedral like never before as Museum of the Moon lands, with a spectacular seven-metre display of the moon by artist Luke Jerram.    


Experience pilgrimage for yourself at the UNESCO World Heritage Site this year.

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Durham's Year of Pilgrimage is being sponsored and supported by Visit County Durham, Durham County Council, Durham Cathedral, the County Durham Cultural Partnership and Partners.

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