Last chance to vote for Durham Cathedral as your Heritage Site of the Year

Having been nominated for Heritage Site of the Year in the 2017 BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards, staff at Durham Cathedral want to know what makes the Cathedral such a special place to so many people.

For the last week the Cathedral have been highlighting different aspects of the heritage of Durham Cathedral, with volunteers, staff and visitors talking about what makes it so special for them. Those visiting the Cathedral, or simply voting online, are asked to share their own stories through Twitter and Facebook.

A selection of the best messages will be shared online before voting closes next Tuesday, 28 February.

GALLERY: Why Durham Cathedral should be Heritage Site of the Year

The Very Revd Andrew Tremlett, Dean of Durham Cathedral, said: “Being nominated for this wonderful award has given us a fantastic opportunity to reflect on what Durham Cathedral means to the more than 700,000 people that visit us each year. Many people know Durham for the stunning architecture of the Cathedral and Castle on the World Heritage site: what is less well known is the Cathedral’s stewardship of a major part of the beautiful woodlands and riverbanks around us.

“The Cathedral also continues to be, first and foremost, a place of spirituality, sanctuary and worship for many of our visitors, and is a site with a living heritage. I am thoroughly looking forward to hearing about what makes this place so special to so many.”

Durham Cathedral would also like to thank all those who have voted so far, and hope to bring this award back to the North East for the second year running following Hadrian’s Wall’ success last year.

Voting takes place online at and with competition for the award from other globally renowned sites such as Stonehenge and Skara Brae, every vote will make a difference.