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Visitor Information

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

Ushaw is open from 11am to 5pm, Wednesday to Saturday until 16th December 2017. Re-opening in March 2018.
Exhibitions open at 1pm. The Refectory Café is open from 11am to 4pm. Entry is free, though donations are welcome.

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.

Directions

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 can direct you from there.

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 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

History

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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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 1.30pm, 2.30pm and 3.30pm on Saturdays, with tickets available here.

Group Tours: Group Tours are available for parties of 10 or more with prices starting at £5 per person for a Standard Guided Tour. While you're visiting why not take Afternoon Tea in the stunning Refectory, or a light lunch in the Francis Thompson Room. Contact us for more information on times, and to book your tour.



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 café. 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 in the Refectory, the quality of the food has not, with some of the most sumptuous and delightful meals available at Ushaw. The Refectory is open from 11-4, Wednesday to Saturday. We offer a variety of lunches, both hot and cold (served from 12 till 2), as well as tea and coffee, with a selection of soft drinks and ice-creams 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.