North East News

Volunteers Guide the way at Durham Cathedral

Volunteer Guides at Durham Cathedral have given more than 2,300 hours of service over the last year, leading in excess of 1,100 tours in 2016.

In addition to public tours each day, Durham Cathedral offers specialist tours for groups, including architecture tours, stained glass tours and textiles tours, as well as education tours for school children of all ages, all of which are led by a team of 65 volunteer Guides.

Many of the Guides have been volunteering at Durham Cathedral for over 15 years, including Lilian Groves who won last year’s VisitEngland Tourism Superstar Award during English Tourism Week 2016.

To mark English Tourism Week 2017, and celebrate the achievement of all volunteer Guides at Durham Cathedral, the Dean of Durham, The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, hosted a tea party in the Deanery on Tuesday 28 March, organised by Volunteers Manager Marie Wisson and Volunteers Administrator Carol Ross.

Marie Wisson said: ‘Our outstanding Guides deliver public, group, and education tours throughout the year, and last year gave more than 2,300 annual hours of service and led in excess of 1,100 tours. Their infectious enthusiasm engages visitors of all ages, who take the knowledge and passion of our Guides back to all corners of the world. We are incredibly lucky to have such a dedicated team of volunteers making the visitors’ experience of Durham Cathedral so memorable.’

To find out more about volunteering opportunities at Durham Cathedral, including the opportunity to volunteer as a Guide, please visit

Anyone interested in joining a public tour at Durham Cathedral should visit to plan their visit.

For group enquiries please contact and for school visits please contact