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In association with The Court Inn in Durham, Ushaw will now be offering food in our magnificent refectory.

Entry to the Main House and Chapels is free/ Guided Tours and certain events are chargeable.

Refectory Café and Gift Shop

Wednesday to Saturday 11am - 5pm

Main House and Chapels

Wednesday to Saturday 1pm - 5pm


Book a Guided Tour this Weekend!!

Enjoy a guided tour of Ushaw this Saturday (29th April) with one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Highlights include the stunning Chapels, the vast Refectory and the amazing and sumptuous Professors' Parlour. Tours last about 75 minutes and you'll see probably the best collection of Pugin architecture in the UK. Tours are at 1.30, 2.30 and 3.30pm.

Book tickets for this Saturday


Brass at Ushaw 2017

We're delighted to announce our sensational new brass season at Ushaw - summer concerts will be outdoors (subject to the British Weather!!) Other concerts will take place either in the stunning Victorian theatre or the splendour of St Cuthbert's Chapel. You can download a schedule of dates here


A Glimpse in to the Collections

Visitors are invited to a behind-the-scenes experience with our Curator, Claire Marsland. You will benefit from an exclusive glimpse in to our collections with Claire, who has been working at Ushaw for a number of years and see some of the special artifacts - some of which may not have been seen before. Don’t miss this opportunity to see hidden treasures of Ushaw's history.

Glimpse in to the Collections - Saturday 13th May £5



Behind the Scenes in the Library

An exclusive opportunity to see behind the scenes of the famous Ushaw Library. Highlights include rare and historically important books and other remarkable items. Visitors will have unique access to significant additional content, giving a more in depth view of the Library and its content. Not to be missed. Tours are available at 2.00pm and 3.30pm. Book below

Behind the Scenes in the Library Sat 29th April 2.00pm  £5



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.


Ushaw Folk Festival - The Millstone on Tour

Friday 19th May 2017 at 7.30pm. A great night is promised with The Millstone on Tour featuring the multi talents of Barrie and Ingrid Temple, Dave Normanton & Brian Pandrich, Jim Mageeean, Marie Little and JIB. 

Tickets are available from our Events Page or by calling our Box Office on 0191 373 8500.


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, Honorary President of Ushaw College


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