WORK is continuing to improve access for the many visitors arriving at Durham Cathedral.

In its vision for 2020, The Dean and Chapter hopes former residents of the county and ex-Durham students will make a ‘pilgrimage’ back to the city to visit the cathedral.

Finishing touches are being made to new internal lobbies at both the main North Door, which features the famous Sanctuary Knocker, and the South Door, connecting the main body of the cathedral to the cloister, leading to the Open Treasure exhibition, the Undercroft restaurant and the visitor shop.

New taller glazed lobbies, with improved access for wheelchair users and families with push chairs, are replacing the previous wooden panelled entrance ways.

They will allow for better views of the 12th Century stonework surrounding both doors and minimise heat loss.

It is hoped work will be completed on the South Door prior to the start of the Advent season and on the North Door in time for the cathedral’s busy Christmas service schedule.