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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. 


Coming up in October.....

October's programme eases in to Autumn with the Ferryhill Town Band playing on 1st October, don't miss our exciting "Behind the Scenes in the Library" and "Glimpse into the Collections with the Curator" - there's loads more happening watch out on our events page for more details. Also in October:

Exclusive Pugin Tour

See works by A.W. Pugin, his sons (Edward and Peter Paul) his grandson (Sebastian Pugin Powell) and his son-in-law (John Hardman Powell), as well as items not usually on display by artisans who worked with Pugin.

When: Saturday, 1st October 14.00 to 15.15

 £4 – places limited to 10


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


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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