LEGO – Building support for Durham Cathedral

July 2013 saw the beginning of an ambitious fundraising campaign to recreate Durham Cathedral in LEGO bricks. This exciting venture is raising funds for Open Treasure, a project which is transforming public access to some of the Cathedral’s most spectacular spaces and to the breath-taking collections it has acquired over the centuries.

When complete, the 300,000 brick model will be as accurate a scale representation of the Cathedral as possible, spanning 3.84 metres in length, 1.53 metres wide and 1.7 metres in height. For every £1 donated one LEGO brick is added to the model Cathedral, and the project is expected to raise approximately £300,000 for the Cathedral’s Open Treasure appeal.

As a fundraising project, Durham Cathedral in LEGO is creative, innovative and complex. This is the first time that members of the public have built a large-scale model and a team of 60 LEGO volunteers has been amassed to help visitors place their bricks, ensuring the LEGO table can remain open seven days a week.

With less than nine weeks to go until the launch of Open Treasure on Saturday 23 July, the race is on to complete Durham Cathedral in LEGO. Since the first brick was laid by television presenter and historian Jonathan Foyle on 11 July 2013 the model has grown rapidly and now comprises over 250,000 bricks, with only 50,000 bricks required to complete the model.

Visitors to the Undercroft Restaurant are invited to support this project by adding a brick for £1 and placing it on the model in person. You can also text Lego16 £2 to 70070 or donate online at