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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

It is important to us that our House and Gardens can be enjoyed by everyone.

Level access provides a wheelchair friendly entrance to all our buildings including our chapels, café, theatre and exhibition spaces.

Our gardens have pathways that are suitable for wheelchairs and other walking aides.

If you need access to our Main House we have accessible parking by the East Wing entrance.

Please call at the Visitor Centre Car Park and our staff will give you access to the route and alert colleagues in the main house to your arrival.

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.

Library tours
Join us for an exclusive tour behind the scenes in Ushaw’s stunning Big Library! This is a fantastic opportunity to discover part of Ushaw not normally open to the public. During the visit you’ll have the chance to see the magnificent Big Library, designed by Joseph Hansom and look at some of the rare and unusual books within the library. These include illuminated manuscripts and beautifully decorated books on botany and history as well as volumes that are the only known copy in the world.

Visit https://ushaw.org/whatson/library-tour-with-ushaws-librarian/ to book.

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 – £8.00

Child – £5.00

Under 5s – Free

Accessibility

It is important to us that our House and Gardens can be enjoyed by everyone.

Level access provides a wheelchair friendly entrance to all our buildings including our chapels, café, theatre and exhibition spaces.

Our gardens have pathways that are suitable for wheelchairs and other walking aides.

If you need access to our Main House we have accessible parking by the East Wing entrance.

Please call at the Visitor Centre Car Park and our staff will give you access to the route and alert colleagues in the main house to your arrival.

Visit the house's website
for the latest information.

Getting here

Durham, DH7 9RH

By Car: use postcode DH7 7DW when navigating with SatNav. This will take you to the main visitor entrance. Some GPS systems will take you to the wrong location when using the postcode DH7 9RH or typing our old name – Ushaw College.

By Train: Ushaw is 10 minutes by taxi from Durham Rail Station.

By Bus: from Durham Bus Station, take number 52 bus direct to Ushaw main visitor entrance.

ushaw on map

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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