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Countdown to Spring......

Ushaw reopens on Saturday March 18th and will then be open from Wednesday through to Saturday with Chapels open and fantastic food available in the Refectory in association with The Court Inn in Durham. We can't wait! Keep checking back for more information.


Kathryn Tickell tickets NOW ON SALE!

Kathryn Tickell and The Side make a welcome return to Ushaw on May 20th. Tickets are now available online and can be purchased by visiting our Events Page or clicking here

As in previous years, demand is sure to be high, so please do book early to avoid disappointment.

An early supper will precede the concert - full details will follow soon.


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. 


New international residential research library to be developed at Ushaw

A new international residential research library, the only one of its kind in the UK, is to be developed at Ushaw in a £2 million project led by Durham University.

It is intended that leading researchers from around the world will visit Ushaw to study and work with its outstanding collections enhancing the thriving scholarly community that already exists in and around Durham City.



Why not volunteer and help us tell our story.....

We’re currently looking for friendly people to join our existing team of enthusiastic volunteers.

Ushaw has a long history dating back to 1568 in Douai and has been established in Durham now for over 200 years. We’ve now been opening our wonderful historic buildings on Saturdays for over two years and due to ever increasing popularity, we’re now expanding our opening times to week days as well.

So, if you’re interested in history, heritage or hospitality and have good people skills then this could be a perfect opportunity for you.

For more information about Ushaw visit our website www.ushaw.org or call our office on 0191 334 5119 for an informal chat.


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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