Durham Heritage Centre and Museum

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St Mary-le-Bow North Bailey

Durham Heritage Centre and Museum tells the story of the City of Durham from medieval times to the present day. The museum is situated in the redundant Church of St Mary-le-Bow, close to the World Heritage Site of the Cathedral and Castle. A visit to the Museum with its stimulating exhibitions, models, hands-on activities and videos is the perfect introduction to Durham. Displays describe the origins and development of the city and there are many fascinating objects that illustrate everyday life from the 17th century to the present day. The Museum is County Durham's only brass rubbing centre. There is also an exciting programme of activities for school visits and frequent temporary exhibitions.

Further information

Opening Hours:

April-May Sat-Sun 1400-1630 June-September Daily 1400-1630 July-August Daily 1100-1630

Upcoming events:

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Facilities and services


  • Education facilities available
  • Shop
  • Wheelchair access to some public areas


  • Adult lectures and courses held
  • Brochure or leaflet available with directions to museum
  • Events and resources for children and families
  • Object identification and/or written enquiry service
  • Pre-booking service for groups
  • Primary school education service available
  • Printed/audio-visual information available for schools
  • Secondary school education service available
  • Specialist publications on collections available

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