Welcome to Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens 

Our Main House, Chapels and Exhibitions is currently open:

  • Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 1pm-4pm 

  • We operating a one-way visitor route

  • To control numbers, and for safety reasons a time slot must be pre-booked: 
    Last admittance 1 hour before closing - Please book your timeslot!

  • Payment for admission, or pass authorisation will be taken on entry

  • The Refectory Tearooms will not be opening initially, our cafe offer will remain al-fresco at the Bounds Cafe

Ushaw Historic House, Chapels & Gardens is an independent charity set in a majestic estate of 500 acres, hidden for 200 years in the heart of the Durham countryside. A unique heritage and visitor attraction, our glorious Georgian and Victorian Gothic architecture and stunning grounds make Ushaw the perfect place for families to explore and enjoy throughout the seasons.

Ushaw’s roots lie in the political and religious unrest of the Reformation - established as a Catholic seminary in the nineteenth century, with origins dating back over 450 years to Douai in France.


Now a successful heritage and cultural tourist attraction, Ushaw is also a popular conference and hospitality venue, and is open for all. Visit us and soak up the atmosphere of the amazing nineteenth-century chapels; view the stunning reception rooms; enjoy the latest art exhibitions; relax at a live music event, or enjoy lunch in our tearoom.

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

House, Chapels, & Exhibitions Open:

Thursday - Sunday: 1pm - 4pm

The Bounds Cafe Open: Daily 11am - 3pm (Thursday-Sunday 'til 4pm)

Entrance charges:

Annual Pass - Adults £15; Child £6; Family (2+2) £25 - includes unlimited entry and free car parking for 12 months

Car Parking - (without a pass) £3 a day

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

Current Exhibitions

Previous Exhibitions

Collections - COMING SOON!

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!

Opening Hours

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

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