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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. 


Open every Saturday between 1pm & 5pm

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


Plainsong Workshop Day - Sing Chant

Saturday 22nd October led by Jonathan Adams, director of the Benedict Biscop Gregorian Choir. All voices welcome - no experience necessary. 

Tickets £15 (concession £12)

10am for 10.45am workshop start. 1.00pm break for lunch, 2.00pm workshop. 4.15 public performance. 

For more information call 07903 911771


Coming soon, our first Jazz Festival

Over the three days of the late August Bank Holiday, Ushaw launches their first Jazz Festival with a fantastic variety of concerts over the long weekend.



The Seasons at Ushaw

Royal Northern Sinfonia announce September Visit to Ushaw



The Region’s much loved and admired orchestra – the Royal Northern Sinfonia will perform Vivaldi Four Seasons at a concert in Ushaw College during the afternoon of Sunday 25th September.

This will be their second visit to Ushaw as part of its concerts and events programme. The RNS is one of the United Kingdom’s world class orchestras and has recently returned from a tour of Brazil.

As well as the very popular Vivaldi Four Seasons, the programme at Ushaw will include Warlock’s Capriol Suite, Holst’s St Paul’s Suite and Elgar’s Serenade.

Father John Marsland President of Ushaw welcomed the announcement and said “Ushaw is honoured and delighted to once again welcome the Royal Northern Sinfonia Orchestra with such a beautiful and exciting programme. Their all-Mozart programme last year, sounded absolutely glorious in St Cuthbert’s Chapel, and was a great success. We hope that this year’s concert will build upon that success and that the RNS will see Ushaw as one of their regular welcoming venues.”


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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