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The Flower Festival is now concluded, but there is still a chance to
WIN Afternoon Tea for Two in our Flower Festival photo competition*

Send us your Flower Festival Photographs:

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Once again, Ushaw is proud to host our very own Jazz Festival. We hope to build on the popularity of last year's festival, which was a fantastic success and much enjoyed by all who came. There is a very wide range of talent from across the country, with something for everyone to enjoy. The festival will run from the 24th - 26th of August.

Visit Us

The Chapels; Principal Rooms; Divines Tearoom in The Refectory; Gift Shop and Gardens are open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm  

Divines Tearoom; Gift Shop, and Gardens are open as above, and also 

Monday and Tuesday 11am to 2pm 


Please contact us for further details of Group Tours; or to book an appointment to view our Conference;

 Wedding Reception; Meeting Spaces etc.  

Telephone: 0191 373 8500 or Email:


For more information on who we are, our history and visitor details, click below.


Home-baked cakes and freshly produced savouries
are now available in Divines Tearoom which is located
in our stunning Refectory. Monday to Friday 11am - 2pm.


From 2018 Ushaw is introducing an annual charge for daytime visitors during public visiting hours Wednesday and Saturday of £5 - for entry to the Chapels, Exhibitions & Principal Rooms.
Our Annual Pass allows unlimited FREE entry within a 12 month period. 

Faith in Exile

Our current exhibition in The William Allen Gallery tells the dramatic story of the establishment of the English College at Douai.  View the Douai Silver Collection, treasures and relics until June 23rd.

Brass at Ushaw

Ushaw is very pleased to announce our exciting brass programme, with a wide range of performances throughout the year. Visit our brass page for more information and updates.

The Ushaw Chapel Choir

Ushaw has a tradition of choral singing dating back over 200 years, and regularly hosts choral performances as part of its events programme.  As part of our ongoing development, a new choir has come together to perform in our beautiful St Cuthbert's Chapel, and to revive and renew the musical tradition at Ushaw. Our group of around thirty singers will be performing at various musical events within our programme, as well as singing Vespers three times a year in the glorious Chapel. The choir has already led a service of Nine Lessons and Carols at Christmas, and will be performing two major choral words - Fauré’s Requiem and Vivaldi’s Gloria - later this year.


The choir meets every Thursday evening from 7.30pm until 9.15pm, and is accompanied by the hugely experienced Allan Coombes, organist at St Margaret’s Church in Durham, who has performed several times to highly receptive audiences here at Ushaw.  Rehearsals are held in the Theatre. There are no auditions for membership of the choir; all that is required is enthusiasm, commitment and the ability to sing in tune. Weekly subs are £2.50.

For more information, visit our page.

Announcements and Events

Spirituality at Ushaw

Friday Mass will usually be celebrated in the Sacred Heart Chapel (next to St Cuthbert’s Chapel) at 12.30 pm on Fridays. Ushaw’s chaplain in residence Canon Bob Spence will deliver the Mass. 

A sign on the front desk will notify attendees of the location of each week's mass.

Canon Bob was on the staff at Ushaw many years ago and has just retired as Parish Priest at Lanchester.

We hope this will be appreciated by visitors and local people.


A message from the Honorary President of Ushaw College

Ushaw College was founded over two hundred years ago and has a rich and fascinating history, with some of the finest Victorian architecture in the North East - surprisingly however, it is relatively unknown. We are now opening up our beautiful chapels and performance spaces for an exciting and varied programme of folk, classical, jazz and choral music as well as talks, plays, exhibitions and services. Our impressive buildings and grounds, which are also being restored, are worthy of a visit themselves and will be open, along with our gift shop and Café Ushaw, before and after events as shown in our programme. We hope that as a result, Ushaw will soon be much better known, it will be a major cultural venue for the North East and it will become a special place for local people to pop in and spend time in the beautiful gardens and chapels.

Fr. John Marsland


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