Welcome to Ushaw
Ushaw College Heritage Open Day Tours
Ushaw College, founded in 1808 but with a history dating back to the English College at Douai founded in 1568, trained priests for the Catholic Church in England and Wales until the closure of the Seminary in 2011.
Visitors will have the opportunity of visiting the historic Victorian Gothic Chapels, the Parlour and Refectory, the Exhibition Hall and College Library and victorian formal gardens. Guides and stewards will be on hand to offer assistance, with some guided tours which will require advance booking.
Dates and times of tours:
Thursday 10 Sept: 12.30-17.00, Tours at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
Friday 11 Sept: 12.30-17.00, Tours at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
Saturday 12 Sept: 12.30-17.00, Tours at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
Sunday 13 Sept: 12.30-17.00, Tours at 13.00, 14.00, 15.00, 16.00
Maximum 15 people per tour, pre-booking required - please book online here (please note: this link will take you to Durham University's website).
Please note: there is partial wheelchair access, on-site disabled parking and on-site accessible toilets. Assistance dogs are welcome, and Ushaw is pushchair/pram friendly. Free parking and toilets available on-site.
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.