Please read before visiting Ushaw...
We're so happy, to be opening our doors to welcome you in: 10am-4pm from Saturday 12th September. (Initial opening days Saturday and Sunday only). To control numbers, and for safety reasons a time slot must be pre-booked: an AM entry (between 10am-12.30pm), or PM entry (between 1pm-4pm) - last admittance 1 hour before closing. It is essential that visitors respect government guidelines and social distancing rules - a one-way system is in operation.
Please note visitors with mobility issues need to ring reception to confirm alternative entry instructions.
Please book your AM or PM timeslot.
The Refectory Tearooms will not be opening initially, our cafe offer will remain al-fresco at The Bounds Cafe.
When you arrive please follow signs to the Car Park (the old Tennis Courts). This is the only Car Park open to visitors at the moment as we are trying to keep the site as traffic free as possible for you enjoyment and safety.
We can't guarantee the weather so please dress appropriately if you are visiting our outdoor areas only.
Due to the age and nature of our grounds there are uneven surfaces around the site - please wear suitable footwear.
Try and keep to footpaths - there is a pond/bog garden on site and also a haha around the Bounds fields with a 1m+ drop which prevents wildlife getting disturbed.
If you decide to venture out of the gardens on to the wider estate then please keep to footpaths, follow any signs for suggested routes. Please be aware there are vehicles on site and roads and paths do cross in some locations.
The folllowing list of things is really important - please help us to help you by following these rules:
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 off before you travel...
These activities have been supported by The County Durham Community Foundation
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.