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


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!!!


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


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.

Address: Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, near Durham City  DH7 9RH
For SatNav use DH7 7DW Telephone: 0191 373 8500  Email:

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