Please read before visiting Ushaw...

Following the latest government announcement that England is entering a period of additional restrictions: all of our chapels, indoor exhibitions, and the tearoom at Ushaw will be closed from Thursday 5 November until further notice.

At Ushaw we are mindful of the importance of outdoor space for wellbeing, for people to find solace whilst walking in the open air, or to connect with nature and art. We have ample safety measures in place across our historic grounds and gardens to enable us to continue to welcome visitors to our open air areas - however, we will review this situation continually.

Takeaway coffee and snacks will be available from The Bounds Cafe 10am-4pm daily. Toilets will be accessible within the building via the East Wing Entrance - capacity reduction, a one-way system and social distancing will apply. Face-coverings will be required to access the toilets, and when purchasing from the cafe.

We are fully compliant with the current regulations and hold a Good to Go certification from VisitEngland in recognition of the measures we have taken to meet government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, we will continue to uphold these high standards to keep our visitors, staff and volunteers safe. You may visit Ushaw with members of your household or support bubble, or meet one person who is not in your household or support bubble. Car Parking charges will apply unless you are an Annual Pass holder or a local resident (proof will be required).

Ushaw is well known for providing visitors with a special place to visit at Christmas and if guidance allows, we hope this will also be the case this year. We are currently reviewing our Christmas activities and hope to be able to continue with these from Thursday 2nd December 2020. For any visitors who have tickets to events prior to this date we will be in touch shortly to offer alternatives - further

dates will be released to the public in due course.  Thank you for your continued support #StaySafe.

  • Drive carefully on to our site - please observe a 10mph speed limit 

  • No barbeques or wild fires are permitted anywhere on the Ushaw Estate

  • Please keep dogs under control in the gardens - in the wider estate please keep dogs on a lead

  • Please pick up and take dog waste home with you - we're getting more dog waste bins soon and you'd be helping us out A LOT!

  • Put litter in bins or take it home 

  • Leave all gates as you find them

  • Please try and respect the formal gardens, keep to paths - rose and flower beds are people and dog free zone 

  • We don't have a 'formal' play area at the moment but there are things around the site that children like to climb on and they must be supervised by adults when climbing on sculptures etc. there's an amazing "playlog" on the West Drive at the moment

  • The Junior House building is in a dilapidated condition, we are developing plans to bring these back into use - for safety reasons please keep away from these buildings

  • Please follow government guidance on social distancing when you visit, if you are unwell or showing symptoms please don't come

  • Be aware of and maintain the social distancing as outlined in government guidance to help keep our staff, volunteers and yourselves safe - we have devised systems for our outdoor cafe and access to the WC's to follow the guidelines and help keep you safe

You may want to print these before you travel...

These activities have been supported by The County Durham Community Foundation

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Don't forget to use our handy map and make sure you don't miss anything on your visit.


A simple creature hunt for adults and children from age 3 and upwards! 

No upper limits apply!!!

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A little more time required here but great fun guaranteed. Age 7+

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For children of all ages!! Entertain yourselves for hours.


Perfect for the little ones, a simple Ushy to colour in. 


A three mile walk around the Ushaw Estate, easily done in a couple of hours. 

Ushaw is an independent charity, and your support of our cultural and visitor programme going forward, will be invaluable. We wish everyone the best of health in the difficult time, and thank you for your patience and understanding.

If you are able, we are looking for support: you can make a Donation through our Just Giving Page - if you are a UK taxpayer, please remember to Gift Aid your donation (it costs you no extra, but we can claim an addition 25%).

We are extremely grateful for any support you are able to offer.