Welcome to Ushaw

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
President of Ushaw College

Westminster Vestment on public display at Ushaw

We will be displaying the vestment known at Ushaw as the Westminster Vestment for five consecutive Saturdays, commencing on 4th April, from 12 noon until 5.00pm. The Vestment will be on display with associated information and associated items from the Ushaw archives.

The vestment, which has been at Ushaw for about 150 years, was reasonably supposed to have been used at the court of Richard III, and was worn by Cardinal Vincent Nichols on 23rd March 2015 at his own request, at the Holy Cross Parish in Leicester as part of the week long reburial services of Richard III. The vestment features in the "Treasures of Ushaw" book, currently available in the gift shop at Ushaw.

You can view photographs of the vestment courtesy of the Catholic Church of England and Wales.

On our open Saturdays, which run from April 4th until August, the chapels and some other parts of the buildings will be open. Our gift shop is also open, together with the café, selling teas and Coffees and delicious home-made cakes.

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Craft at Ushaw


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Events Diary

23 May

Folk at Ushaw: Kathryn Tickell and the Side - 7.30pm
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30 May

Ushaw String Quartet - 3pm
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