Durham Cathedral is the UK’s most popular cathedral!
Posted on April 4th 2017 by Whats on Northeast
In February, Durham Cathedral were crowned Britain’s Favourite Cathedral by the LandLove Magazine Awards, while last month they were handed the title of BBC Countryfile’s Heritage Site of the Year. The amazing run of accolades continues though, as they’ve just been given another prestigious title.
Beating off competition from 12 other cathedrals, including runners up Lichfield and Lincoln, Durham Cathedral is now officially the most popular cathedral in the country, according to a poll run by HolidayLettings, the UK’s leading holiday rentals site (owned by TripAdvisor). A total of 13,799 votes were cast for Durham, netting them 36% of the vote, far ahead of Lincoln in second place with 28%.
It’s no surprise that the cathedral, part of the Durham UNESCO World Heritage Site, should have gained such an accolade though. It attracts over 750,000 visitors every year, boasting some of the finest Romanesque architecture in Europe as well as being the resting place of St Cuthbert and Venerable Bede.
More recently, the cathedral also opened its spectacular Open Treasure exhibition within one of the most intact monastic buildings in Britain, which at the minute is displaying the fascinating Beasts! exhibition, as well as a number of artefacts. Regular events, exhibitions and talks are also held at the site, which are fascinating both to religious patrons and more agnostic visitors alike.
The Very Reverend Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham, said: “We are delighted to hear that Durham Cathedral has received yet another national award. All three accolades have been awarded to Durham Cathedral following a public vote, reflecting the enduring charm and popularity of Durham Cathedral.” He continued: “Durham Cathedral is a special place which we all know and love, and we hope that by winning these national awards many more people will be encouraged to visit Durham and experience this magnificent Cathedral for themselves. Thank you to everyone who voted in the competition to find the UK’s most popular Cathedral and congratulations to Lincoln Cathedral and Lichfield Cathedral, the worthy runners up.”
Saskia Welman, Senior Communications Manager for TripAdvisor said: “The cathedrals competition has been our most popular and successful to date, with thousands of votes cast over the last few weeks. Durham Cathedral was a front runner from the start and we are delighted that it has won this accolade. Many people commented on the article stating how wonderful the Cathedral is and it’s fantastic to see the local community support one of their treasures so vigorously. Congratulations to Durham!”