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Prebend's Bridge, River Wear

Prebend's Bridge, River Wear, Durham City DH1 3RJ View on map

A three arched bridge spanning the River Wear at the south eastern point of the Durham City peninsula and connects Durham Cathedral to the west bank of the river. Built between 1772 and 1778 by George Nicholson for the Dean & Chapter and replaced an older bridge washed away by floods in 1771. Both scheduled and Grade I listed, lying within a conservation and world heritage site. Painted by Turner and Cotman, acknowledged to be one of Durham's iconic views.


Opening Arrangements

The bridge is open to the public, both pedestrians and a cycle route 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Vehicular access is restricted and only available by prior arrangement with the Cathedral's Head of Property.

Admission Charges

  • Other Charges: A charge is made to open the bridge to vehicles for special events on the peninsula. Such occasions and appropriate fees are agreed in advance with the Cathedral's Head of Property.


Located below the Watergate at the end of South Bailey. Spans the River Wear from the south eastern point of the peninsula and can be accessed from the opposite riverbank via Quarryheads Lane. Rail: Durham (1 mile) Bus: Cathedral bus drops off at Palace Green where the bridge is a short walk. Bus no 40 from Durham train station operates regularly (Mon-Sat). Bus no 40A operates regularly between Freeman's Place car park and the Cathedral (Mon-Sat).

Parking Spaces


A small number of free car parking spaces for disabled access are available by the bridge and within the Cathedral College (approx. 12 in total and by prior arrangement only)

Disabled Access

  • Wheelchair access: Yes
  • Disabled Toilets: No
  • Assistance dogs: Yes