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Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral has a ring of ten bells, with the tenor (the heaviest bell) weighing 28-0-6 (28cwt, 0qt, 6lbs) (or 1.4 tonnes). The Durham Cathedral Guild of Bell Ringers is the group responsible for ringing the bells for services and special occasions.

The bells are hung at the top of the central tower. This wasn't the case until 1693, when Christopher Hodson recast the original mixture of bells (hung in the north-west tower) into a ring of eight bells. Hodson went on to cast a ring of bells for St Oswald's church a year later. There were 8 bells until 1980 however the installation had deteriorated and the bells were not rung extensively. The bells were rehung in a new frame in 1980 and two more were added to augment the ring to ten in the key of 'D'.

Click here to download a short clip of Bristol Royal being rung as part of the D&N 10 and 12 bell quarter peal weekend 2017 (1.5MB).

Email: cathedral@durhambellringers.org.uk (Ellen Crabtree - Guild Secretary)

Ringing Times

Practices are currently held on the first, thrid and fifth Thursdays of the month. We ring for Matins every Sunday and for some evensong services. You can find our latest ringing schedule (including practices, Sundays and special services) at the link below.

Our latest ringing schedule can be found by clicking here.


9:15am to 10:00am (meet at 9:00am)   



2:30pm to 3:30pm (meet at 2:15pm)

Evensong (check calendar)


7:30pm to 9:00pm (meet at 7:15pm)

Practice (1st, 3rd and 5th)

Click here to view peals and quarter peals rung at Durham Cathedral.


Durham Cathedral Guild of Bell Ringers prides itself on being welcoming to all ringers and is committed to ensuring a safe and caring environment for young people and vulnerable adults. Click here to view our safeguarding policy.

Durham Cathedral Ringing Chamber (Photo courtesy of Jed We)
(Photo Courtesy of Jed We)

Durham Cathedral Durham, St Oswald Durham, St Nicholas Shincliffe, St Mary Brancepeth, St Brandon
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