Overview

Situated in acres of immaculate gardens, the buildings feature outstanding examples of Georgian and Victorian Gothic architecture throughout the Main House and Chapels.

Established initially as a Catholic Seminary (known as Ushaw College/ St Cuthbert's College, Ushaw) founded in 1808 from the former English Catholic College at Douai in France, it was purpose-built in its beautiful setting four miles from the City of Durham.

Ushaw underwent major expansion, beginning in 1845 and continuing through the remainder of the 19th century, and boasts significant examples of the work of Gothic revival architects including the Pugin and Hansom families. Augustus Pugin began this with the first chapel on the site, which was later replaced by a much larger chapel by Dunn and Hansom in the 1880’s.

Other notable buildings include the Refectory, Professor's Parlour, Theatre and the Library, all completed by 1860, and each contributing to the wealth of the architecture and setting - the majority of our buildings are listed. Ushaw was developed with the specific intention of providing a self-sustaining existence, with farms, gardens and designed landscape.

The Main House and Chapels, Divines Tearooms, and historic gardens are open to the public, and Ushaw hosts an extensive live music, theatre; arts and cultural programme, as well as corporate facilities and commercial opportunities.


Today
Today’s opening hours

All year, Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 4pm (Last entry 3pm, hot food served in cafe until 2pm).

Opening
Opening

2020

All year, Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 4pm (Last entry 3pm, hot food served in cafe until 2pm).

Find Us
Find us

Between Durham City and Esh Villiage, four miles NNW of Durham City.

As we are such an old establishment, sometimes SatNav systems get a bit confused and send visitors to the wrong entrance. For the best results, please use DH7 7DW, which will bring you in the correct way.

Durham City is on the East Coast main line. Ushaw is four miles from the City centre and is easiet reached by taxi from the train station. However, there is an infrequent bus service from Durham Bus station, the 52. Other buses the 48 and 43 reach villages one mile from Ushaw every 20 minutes.

  • Offers bike storage
Taxi

Paddy's Taxi's Ltd 0191 386 6662

Admission
Admission

Free entry for Historic Houses members from 2020.

Adult:

(15 +) £3 - Day Pass £6 - Annual Pass

Child:

Free- under 5 £1- day pass Aged 5-15 £3- Annual Pass Aged 5-15

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops

Please check the website for further information, admission times and details for our special events

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Invitation to Stay

Whether you’re looking for a single night’s accommodation or a longer holiday stay, Ushaw offers a unique experience for all. Situated in historic buildings dating back 250 years, our rooms are simple, comfortable and quiet - perfect for relaxation or work.

Though Ushaw is nestled in the stunning North-East countryside, we are still only 15 minutes away from the city of Durham, which offers all of the amenities that you might need. Visit our Get In Touch page for more information on getting to Ushaw, as well as a map of the local area.

Rooms

Our rooms come in single, twin, or triple rooms – all with single beds only. All of our rooms are en-suite with showers (some with wheelchair accessible showers). There is lift access to all rooms, though some of our rooms are further from the entrance than others, and guests should specify at the time of booking if they require a closer room.

All bathrooms have clean towels and complimentary shampoo and shower gel. Guests who are staying for several days may wish to bring their own toiletries. Our rooms do not have hair dryers.

All rooms include tea and coffee making facilities.

There are no televisions on site, but we do have wifi throughout the main building and accommodation areas. 

In order to keep our prices as competitive as possible, rooms will NOT be serviced during your stay. 


Today
Today’s opening hours

All year, Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 4pm (Last entry 3pm, hot food served in cafe until 2pm).

Opening
Opening

2020

All year, Mondays to Saturdays, 11am to 4pm (Last entry 3pm, hot food served in cafe until 2pm).

Find Us
Find us

Between Durham City and Esh Villiage, four miles NNW of Durham City.

As we are such an old establishment, sometimes SatNav systems get a bit confused and send visitors to the wrong entrance. For the best results, please use DH7 7DW, which will bring you in the correct way.

Durham City is on the East Coast main line. Ushaw is four miles from the City centre and is easiet reached by taxi from the train station. However, there is an infrequent bus service from Durham Bus station, the 52. Other buses the 48 and 43 reach villages one mile from Ushaw every 20 minutes.

  • Offers bike storage
Taxi

Paddy's Taxi's Ltd 0191 386 6662

Admission
Admission

Free entry for Historic Houses members from 2020.

Adult:

(15 +) £3 - Day Pass £6 - Annual Pass

Child:

Free- under 5 £1- day pass Aged 5-15 £3- Annual Pass Aged 5-15

Accessibility
Accessibility
  • Accessible toilets
  • Wheelchair ramps/routes
  • Accessible parking
  • Guide dogs welcome
  • Hearing loops

Other opening

Cafes & Eating

Divines Cafe - in the Refectory is open from 11am - 4pm (hot food served until 2pm) Monday to Saturday 

Serving a delicious range of great value tasty home made soups, pastries and cakes there's sure to be something to please all tastes.  Our Picnic Baskets are amazing, and can be ordered throughout the summer.

The Gardens

Ushaw's Gardens, which have been a main feature of the buildings and grounds almost as long as the College itself has been established, boast a beautiful selection of flowers and greenery, as well as an old lake and wonderful walks for our visitors. For more on their history and a written tour of the gardens, visit our page.

The Walled Gardens

A 4.5 acre plot walled within Ushaw, managed and maintained by some fantastically talented gardeners, is now open to the public. We hope to schedule a programme of events and activities to enable local people to enjoy the garden as a valuable social and educational resource. For more information, visit our page.

Open Gardens

Visitors are now free to explore the beautiful gardens for themselves, with paths winding through the ancient trees and beautiful flower beds that have characterised Ushaw's gardens for more than a century. We now also have some modern additions to the garden, in the form of gorgeous wood carvings, courtesy of the acclaimed carver Tommy Craggs. For more information, visit our page.

Sports at Ushaw

Ushaw has a long history of sports, with some particular to this part of the world. From Cat, played only at Ushaw in the UK, a well as Handball, Keeping Up, swimming and other more traditional sports, Ushaw students had a wide selection of sports to spend their time on. For more information, visit our page.


Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels and Gardens's history and features

Ushaw was founded from the former College at Douai in France and was purpose- built in its beautiful setting four miles from the City of Durham.  Ushaw underwent major expansion, beginning in 1845 and continuing through the remainder of the 19th century, and boasts significant examples of the work of Gothic revival architects including the Pugin and Hansom families. Augustus Pugin began this with the first chapel on the site, which was later replaced by a much larger chapel by Dunn and Hansom in the 1880’s. Other notable buildings include the Refectory, the Hall and the Library, all completed by 1860, and each contributing to the wealth of the architecture and setting.  The majority of our buildings are listed, and Ushaw was developed with the specific intention of providing a self sustaining existence, with farms, gardens and designed landscape.

The original building at Ushaw was in fact a Georgian country house, set out around a central quadrangle. It was built by local craftsmen to the design of James Taylor of Islington, London, who had designed a similar building for our sister College of St. Edmunds, Ware, in Hertfordshire. The house contained all that was required, including accommodation and public rooms, and the chapel, kitchen and refectory in the north range. This house remained largely unchanged until the 1840’s, when the President at the time, Monsignor Charles Newsham, began a programme of building work which was to transform Ushaw.

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A word from the owner

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

Things to See

Fun Facts

Ushaw holds the largest collection of the Pugin family Gothic Revival architecture in the UK. Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1812-1852), famous for his work on the Houses of Parliament, was involved with Ushaw's building expansion from the 1840s to his death. Consequently, his sons Edward and Peter Paul Pugin both carried on his legacy and designed chapels, a museum, infirmary, dormitory and Junior School for the site. Later, Pugin's grandson Sebastian Pugin- Powell designed Ushaw's memorial chapels for those who died during WWI. The interior of Ushaw also boasts furniture, textiles, church plate and stained glass to the Pugin family designs. Our Eagle Lectern and Paschal Candlestick in St. Cuthbert's Chapel were both exhibited in Augustus Pugin's Medieval Court at the Great Exhibition, 1851.