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  • OPENING TIMES

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
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Opening times

  • Saturdays and Sundays
    8am-5pm
  • Mondays to Fridays
    8am-6pm
  • Café 16
    Mon-Sat 10am-4pm
  • FREE ENTRY

Gifts

The Cathedral’s retail space will close for Christmas on Saturday 23 December. It will reopen in mid-January after our annual winter stocktake.

New Guidebook: A Treasure Chest of Stories

Published January 2023, Newcastle Cathedral: A Treasure Chest of Stories is the first visitor guide in 18 years. Written by the former Dean of Newcastle, Geoff Miller, as part of his legacy to the Cathedral, it tells some of the rich history of the building and the people who made it.

Tales include the Siege of Newcastle by Scottish invaders in 1644, the Cathedral’s connections to Trafalgar hero Admiral Lord Collingwood, and a brief look at the Cathedral’s vast collection of ledger stones, which commemorate notable people of the city, including local businesspeople and artists.

More recent events include the ‘Unknown Knight’ effigy’s return to its former resting place and the introduction of a new set of liturgical furniture created and made by local designers, Raskl.

Geoff says: “The Cathedral is a shrine to people’s stories; people who have co-created this place, who have lived and laughed, loved and cried here. This guidebook tells a mere fraction of the stories recorded within the walls.”

The book has been funded by the Friends of St Nicholas, an independent charity whose mission is to maintain and beautify the Cathedral and enhance the experience of all those who visit and worship there.

Lesley Lee, the Secretary of the Friends, says: “It’s wonderful that the Cathedral has a new book available – the first official guide for visitors since 2005. The book is a must for anyone interested in local history, sacred architecture or human-interest stories.“

The book’s publication comes 18 months after the completion of the £6m National Lottery Heritage Fund redevelopment project, Common Ground in Sacred Space, which took inspiration from the Cathedral’s ancient roots to reinvent the space as a dynamic hub for worship and community activity. Changes include a remodelled interior and heritage interpretation scheme, improved disabled access and a landscaped outdoor terrace and churchyard.

Newcastle Cathedral: A Treasure Chest of Stories is available now for £5.99 from the Cathedral’s retail area.

Become a Friend

Amongst other benefits, Friends of St Nicholas get an exclusive 10% discount code for use in the retail space. Find out how you can join this like-minded group of people who support the Cathedral’s work.

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