Universities L2352

Who are we?

Founded in 1890 as a lodge for graduates in Durham, we have since 1990 been open to all, though we still have a rather “collegiate” atmosphere with a wide range of ages and professions and a lot of university student members.

What we do

We socialise and enjoy each other’s company, we give frequently to charity (and are a Grand Patron of the Masonic Charitable Foundation), we pride ourselves on our ritual in the Temple and the quality of our festive boards, and we frequently conduct multiple degree ceremonies because of the strong demand to join our lodge. We also have an annual black tie dinner for prospective candidates, a Royal Arch Chapter, our own colourful lodge tie, and a daughter lodge in London, the University of Durham Lodge No 3030.

Why join us?

We are a fun lodge with a great history spanning over 130 years and a very good spread of ages. We especially value our contacts with the University and our ability to offer students and non-students alike a warm welcome in good masonic company for all ages.

When we meet

Third Thursdays in January, March, May, June (guests and ladies night), and October—Installation.

Second Thursday in September.


Joining fee: £25

Lodge subscriptions: £155 (£115 if aged 25 or under)

Typical dining fee: £15 – £20


facilities at Durham Masonic Hall


36 Old Elvet, Durham, Co. Durham, DH1 3HN

Hall information

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Parking is on the street outside the building, and it can on occasions be busy but it is free and generally available.


The approach is level off the pavement.


Wide wheelchair accessible doors.


The Hall is also equipped with a defibrillator and has Emergency exits across all floors of the building.


The hall is accessible for those with limited mobility with a combination of lift and stair lifts.

Many of our meeting places were built before disabilities were fully considered; many have protected status making major adaptations difficult. But Freemasons in themselves will adapt and assist Brethren, and visitors, to fully participate and enjoy the facilities.


The Hall is equipped with Male/female and disabled toilet facilities.


A grand entrance leads into a hallway which runs through the heart of the building past the grand staircase to the great hall. The Hall itself has a modern bar, fully functioning commercial Kitchen, a three-tier garden ideal for summer socials and functions as well as a first-floor committee room and Temple room to seat 100. 


There is lift and stair lifts in the building.

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