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Probably one of the world’s greatest collection of Pugin family architecture, there are a whole host of reasons to visit Ushaw and its Park & Gardens, but wherever your interests lie, there will be something here for you to enjoy.

Ushaw is truly one of the hidden jewels in Durham’s crown and is steeped in history dating back to its foundation in Douai, France in 1568. Our stunning Chapels, Refectory, Exhibition Hall & Parlour are each must see attractions in their own right and the unique and tranquil atmosphere of Ushaw makes it a remarkable and incomparable place that you will want to return to time and time again.

Ushaw’s Main House, Chapels, Park and Gardens are open Wednesday - Saturday until 22nd December. The Cafe is also open on Monday and Tuesday each week

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Visit Us

On Mondays and Tuesdays, the Cafe and the gardens are open from 11am - 2pm.

On Wednesdays to Saturdays the Cafe, gardens, chapels, gallery and principal rooms are all open from 11am - 4pm. Last entry and last orders in the cafe is 3pm.


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. 


Flower Festival 2018 Gallery

This year's Flower Festival was a huge success, with thousands of visitors coming to Ushaw to see the hard work of our staff, volunteers, and talented flower arrangers. To share this special occasion with everyone, we have collated a selection of photographs into a gallery, which can be viewed here


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.  Our choir 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 meets every Thursday evening at 7.30pm until 9.15pm, and is accompanied by the hugely experienced Allan Coombes, organist at St Margaret’s Church in Durham. 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.

Visit our page for more information.


Announcements and Events

Spirituality at Ushaw

Friday Mass will usually be celebrated in 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.

There will also be a contemplative prayer group, meeting on the first and third Friday of every month at 1.45pm. These sessions will last about an hour, and will be held in the Reading Room. 

     Day of Prayer at Ushaw – A Time of Words, Music and Silence 

                                                                           Wednesday 24th October, 10.30am

Led by Sister Rosarie Spence. Coffee, tea and biscuits served both on arrival and to conclude the day.  Lunch is not provided, but the cafe will be open for guests to purchase their own food. 

Tickets £10.00 per person, click here to book.

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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Feel free to contact us to ask question or find out more about Ushaw or what's going on here


Ushaw, Durham, DH7 9RH


0191 334 5119

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