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Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens

A former Catholic seminary with a long association with the Pugin family.

Durham, DH7 9RH

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens in County Durham

Experience this house

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Free for members
Facilities
  • Accessible loos
  • Accessible parking
  • Cafe / restaurant
  • Easily accessible without car
  • Facilities for children
  • Free parking
  • Parkland / open spaces
  • Pet friendly
  • Picnic area
  • Shop
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Ushaw is a place where wonder, curiosity and amazement collide. Our arts, heritage and events venue is waiting for you to escape the everyday, stop the world for a while and be surprised.

Tucked away in beautiful open countryside near Durham City, Ushaw’s Historic House, Chapels & Gardens are open to all. Young or old, each corner of Ushaw is a curiosity, waiting to wow.

Lose yourself in our grounds, be amazed by beautiful buildings and marvel at centuries of art, history and heritage. Explore woodland trails and rolling fields, where you’ll discover eclectic artworks, majestic carved creatures and pockets of quiet contemplation.

Our Historic House is beautiful, and plenty call it breath-taking. It was shaped in the mind of Augustus Pugin – architect for the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

We want you to Ushaw-in unforgettable experiences, with family, friends, work-mates, a furry companion – yup we’re dog friendly – or content in blissful solitude.

Our packed calendar of events is a great reason to keep dropping by. From al-fresco cinema screenings to live music, family fun, theatre, dance, meditation and wellness; there’s always something to capture your imagination at Ushaw.

Our mission is to provide an experience beyond belief, to amaze and entertain you all – from family fun seekers to doting dog walkers and fine art lovers. Ushaw in good times – plan your visit today.

Opening Times

2022

Daily all year, 11am to 4pm (except Christmas period).

Please note: The information on the Historic Houses website is advisory, but please always check the website of the house or garden you intend to visit before travelling.

See their website to double check their opening times

Admission

Free entry for Historic Houses members.

House, Gardens & Parkland

Adult – £9.00

Child – £6.00

Garden & Grounds

Adult – £6.00

Child – £4.00

Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops
Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Our volunteers

We have a wonderful team of volunteers who keep Ushaw open to the public, provide tours and maintain the historic gardens.

Ushaw Photography by Alex Ramsay. Copyright Patrimony Committee of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

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Ushaw Photography by Alex Ramsay. Copyright Patrimony Committee of the Bishops' Conference of England and Wales

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