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Visitor Information and Guided Tours

Ushaw, which started its life as a catholic seminary training men for the priesthood, is now open to the public as a conference and events centre, with a wide array of exhibitions.  This page provides essential information for all visitors who have never experienced the beauty of Ushaw before.

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Opening Hours and Parking

The Chapels; Principal Rooms; Divines Tearoom in The Refectory; Gift Shop and Gardens are open Wednesday to Saturday 11am to 5pm.  

Divines Tearoom; Gift Shop, and Gardens are open as above, and also Monday and Tuesday 11am to 2pm. 

Ushaw has ample space across several different car parks. Parking is free.

Level access can be found at the rear of the building, with disability access throughout our chapels and exhibitions.


Postal Address: Ushaw College, Co. Durham, DH7 9RH

From the South, leave the A1(M) at junction 59 north of Darlington and continue north on the A167 (for 14 miles) to the traffic lights at Neville’s Cross, on the outskirts of Durham City. Continue to the third set of traffic lights by Sainsbury’s Local and turn left. Signposts will direct you from here.

From the North, leave the A1(M) at junction 63, Chester-Le-Street. Continue south on the A167 until you reach Crossgate Moor on the outskirts of Durham. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights just past the pedestrian footbridge. Ushaw is signposted from here.

SatNav Users: As we are such an old establishment, sometimes SatNav systems get a bit confused and send visitors to the wrong entrance. For the best results, please use DH7 7DW, which will bring you in the correct way. 

About Us


Ushaw has a long history, with some wonderful stories of the old College.  From Douai, to Crook Hall, to our current place at Ushaw, learn more about the history of our beautiful organisation.

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The English College at Douai

Ushaw can claim its history going as far back as the famous English College at Douai, France.  After the French Revolution, and a resettlement back to their homeland of the Catholics who had been persecuted there, Ushaw College was born.

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Notable Alumni

To learn more about some of the great alumni of Ushaw College, among whom sit war heroes and renowned poets such as Francis Thompson, who wrote the incredible 'Hound of Heaven'.

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Guided Tours

Guided Tours:  Enjoy a guided tour of Ushaw with one of our experienced and knowledgeable guides. Highlights include the stunning Chapels, the beauty of the Refectory and the elegant Professors' Parlour. Tours last approximately 75 minutes, and you'll see one of the finest collections of Pugin architecture in the whole of the UK.
Tours: are at 2.30pm on Fridays and Saturdays Book here , and also at 1.30pm on Saturdays Book here. General Tours are £5 per person.

Group Tours: Group Tours are available for parties of 10 or more (with times to suit your party) with prices starting at £5 per person for a Standard Guided Tour. 
While you're visiting, why not enjoy some food and refreshment in our Divines Tearoom in The Refectory.
Contact us for more information, and to book your tour.


Saturday 18th August, 15th September, 20th October, 17th November 2PM and 3.30PM
Hidden Ushaw Tour 
A unique chance to see behind the scenes and experience parts of Ushaw not usually open to the public.
Tickets £5
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7th July,
4th August, 1st September,
6th October, 20th October 1PM
Stained Glass Tour
Those experiencing this tour will share in Pugin’s quest to reproduce mediaeval type stained glass for
his buildings.
Tickets £5 
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Saturday 28th July,
27th October 2PM
Library Behind the Scenes -
Protestant and Catholic Conflict

Join our archivist, Dr Jonathan Bush, in Ushaw College Library to view some of the key texts of religious division from the Reformation to the 19th Century.
Tickets £5

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Saturday 29th September, 2PM
Library Behind the Scenes -The Science Collections

A journey of discovery behind the scenes in Ushaw’s outstanding library.
Tickets £5
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Saturday 24th November, 2PM
Library Behind the Scenes -
Tales of the Unexpected

A journey of discovery behind the scenes in Ushaw’s outstanding library.
Tickets £5
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Food and Drink

The Refectory, which at one time would have fed all the boys and men who lived at the College, now houses Ushaw’s tearoom. The hall houses some of the most stunning architecture in the North-East, with beautiful tiles and Victorian hand-crafted tables.  Although the technology has changed through the years, Divines Tearoom in the Refectory, offers a variety of the most sumptuous and delightful meals. The tearoom is open from 11am to 2pm, Monday to Friday.  We offer a variety of lunches, both hot and cold, as well as tea and coffee, with a selection of soft drinks, ice-creams are also available. The Refectory offers our visitors a visually beautiful space to socialise and relax in with friends and family during their visit to Ushaw.

Afternoon Tea

Ushaw also serves afternoon tea for our guests.  Why not join us for a mouth-watering scone and thick clotted cream, or our wide selection of great cakes and beautiful sandwiches, all for one set price.  Afternoon tea is served in both the Refectory, with its grand statues and wonderful stained glass windows, or (on a Saturday) in the warmth and comfort of the Francis Thompson Room, celebrating one of the finest poet alumni of Ushaw. For some larger groups we may be able to accommodate afternoon tea in the Parlour. Contact us for more details.

Please note that Afternoon Tea on Saturdays MUST be booked several days in advance, due to high demand.


Ushaw runs a selection of events throughout the year, ranging from theatre performances, lectures and poetry, to musical acts such as brass bands. Ushaw is also renowned for hosting performances by some of the regions finest local bands, and our 'picnic concert' series was a hit during the summer. We also have the privilege of hosting the Ushaw Jazz Festival every summer. To see a full list of what's happening at Ushaw, visit our Events page.


Ushaw is now proud to house several exhibitions. From art, to photography, to a celebration of those alumni of the college who gave their lives in the First World War, Ushaw has something for everyone's taste. On display:

Shield of Faith: A selection of stories and displays about those men and boys who left Ushaw, and of whom many lost their lives, to take up arms
during WWI.
Secret Faith: An eye-opening exhibition into the lives and sufferings of those Catholics who refused to be oppressed during the wide religious turmoil of Britain's past. 

Click here to visit our Exhibitions Page

Conferencing and Events

Ushaw has recently opened its doors to event organisers, with a wide range of rooms available for hire.  From the Refectory, to the Exhibition Hall Theatre, as well as several meeting rooms of various sizes, Ushaw offers a chance to hold your event in a historic and unique site.  We have recently hosted events by organisations such as the Bank of England and Durham's Centre for Catholic Studies.
For more information on conference room hire, visit our Page.


Ushaw now offers on-site accommodation available for visiting guests. With newly refurbished rooms housing modern en-suite bathrooms and with access to a resident’s kitchen on both of our wings, our accommodation is perfect for any visit to the North-East.  Situated within 15 minutes’ drive of Durham City Centre, our rooms offer the visitor and event organiser alike, the flexibility for overnight conferences and extended visits to our idyllic part of the North-East. 
For more information on accommodation, click here.

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