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Welcome to Ushaw

One of North East England's true hidden gems. With its roots in Douai in France dating back to 1568 , Ushaw College trained priests for the Catholic Church until 2011 and now thrives once again as a centre for Culture, Commerce and Community. A feast of Georgian and Victorian Gothic architecture waiting to be explored and now "Open for all" with concerts, events, tours and much much more. We look forward to welcoming you soon. 


Join us for our Christmas Lights Switch On!

Why not join us for the switching on of the Christmas Lights on our tree in the Chapel at 4.00pm on Saturday 3rd December. We'll be joined around the tree by Carol Singers and a great time for all is guaranteed!


We're recruiting!

We're currently looking for a Volunteer Coordinator to assist us through an exciting period of growth.

Please click below to see the job description and person specification.

Volunteer Coordinator



Christmas at Ushaw

Details of all our Christmas Events are now on our Events Page click below for more detals....


Open every Saturday between 1pm & 5pm

Pay us a visit on Saturday afternoons and visit our Chapels, Exhibitions, Tea Room and Gift Shop.....


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


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