We have new opening times! Our gardens, parkland, outdoor exhibitions,

children's activities & games, and takeaway Bounds Cafe are

now open daily from 9am to 4pm

Our Main House, Chapels & Indoor Exhibitions

are open Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, at 1pm-4pm.


  • Our gardens, parkland & outdoor exhibitions are open daily 9am-4pm

  • Our Main House and Chapels are open Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 1pm-4pm

  • The Bounds Cafe is open for refreshments & snacks daily 9am-4pm

  • Francis Thompson Cafe Tea Room is open Friday-Sunday, 11am-3pm serving delicious teas, house blend coffees, cakes, scones

  • Enjoy free use of our children's outdoor 'Fun and Games' toys and activites in the Bounds field

  • Entry charges apply - please see admission page for more information

  • Please Note: Toilets are open during our standard opening times

  • Please check here for the latest COVID-19 information

Plan your visit

There's so much to see, you'll discover something new every time you visit...

How to find us

Parking & Accessibility

Ushaw Historic Estate

Food & Refreshments

Park & Gardens


Opening Hours

The Gardens, Grounds & Bounds Cafe Open: Daily 9am - 4pm

Main House, Chapels & Exhibitions:

Open: Thursday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday - 1pm - 4pm

Entrance charges:

Day Pass (indoor & out) - Adults £9, Child £6

Gardens only - Adult £6, Child £4

Annual Pass - Adults £19, Child £12.50 

Family  £39 - includes unlimited entry, car parking for 12 months, plus free access to the Sounds on the Bounds live music events

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens is an independent charity set in a majestic estate of 500 acres, in the heart of the Durham countryside - established as a Catholic Seminary in the nineteenth century, with origins dating back over 450 years to Douai in France.

Ushaw has acres of grounds to explore; an action packed programme of family activities and games; outdoor art exhibitions; an alfresco cafe; live music and entertainment - it really is perfect place for families to explore and enjoy throughout the seasons.

Indoors (once permitted) our glorious Georgian and Victorian Gothic architecture; beautiful nineteenth-century chapels; and stunning reception rooms are complimented by an eclectic programme of art and live entertainment. 

We have an ongoing programme of exhibitions, there is always something new to see...

Current Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions



Ushaw is home to a large community of Artists, Craftspeople and Small Businesses.

If you're interested in taking space at Ushaw then please get in touch...


Ushaw sits in parkland and grounds extending to nearly 500 acres.

If you're looking for a gentle stroll - a picnic with the family - or a bit of wildlife watching, there's something for you!