Ushaw is a place where wonder, curiosity and amazement collide.

Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens
Woodland Road, Durham Durham DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
Durham

Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens


Fantasic For Families

Ushaw is a place where wonder, curiosity and amazement collide.

Our arts, heritage and events venue is waiting for you to escape the everyday, stop the world for a while and be surprised. Tucked away in beautiful open countryside near Durham City, Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens are open to all. 

Young or old, each corner of Ushaw is a curiosity, waiting to wow. 

Lose yourself in our grounds, be amazed by beautiful buildings and marvel at centuries of art, history and heritage. Explore woodland trails and rolling fields, where you’ll discover eclectic artworks, majestic carved creatures and pockets of quiet contemplation.

Our Historic House is beautiful. Plenty call it breath-taking. It was shaped in the mind of Augustus Pugin – architect for the Houses of Parliament and Big Ben.

We want you to Ushaw-in unforgettable experiences, with family, friends, work-mates, a furry companion – yup we’re dog friendly - or content in blissful solitude.

Wonder-filled experiences beyond belief.

Our packed calendar of outdoor events is a great reason to keep dropping by. From al-fresco cinema screenings to live music, family fun, theatre, dance, meditation and wellness; there’s always something to capture your imagination at Ushaw.

We are open, affordable and here for everyone.

Our mission is to provide an experience beyond belief, to amaze and entertain you all - from family fun seekers to doting dog walkers and fine art lovers.

Find us at...

  • Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens
  • Woodland Road
  • Durham
  • Durham
  • DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)

Our family-friendly offer

Ushaw hosts a variety of indoor and outdoor family activities and events including activity trails, arts & crafts, theatre, music and fantastic one-day events such as 'Falconry Day', 'Animals about Town' and 'Insectopolis'. There is also an exciting under 5s programme including Back into Nature, Forest School and Singing Bunnies.  


Accessibility

It is important to us that our House and Gardens can be enjoyed by everyone.

We have Accessible Parking spaces next to the entrance with 24 hours access. Level access provides a wheelchair friendly entrance to all our buildings including our chapels, tearoom, theatre and exhibition spaces.  

Our Ornamental Gardens have pathways that are suitable for wheelchairs and other walking aides.


Our At-Home Activities

  • Cabinets of Curiosity

    Do you own anything that is just so cool it should be in a museum? Dive into Ushaw's history, curate your own museum exhibition featuring things you find around your home and learn how to collect, dis...

    1 - 12 years
  • Fantastic Beasts of Ushaw

    For World Book Day 4th March 2021, we delve into Ushaw's historic 'Big Library' and discover the fantastic beasts that are lurking between the pages of our very old books and even clinging to the wall...

    1 - 12 years

Our Physical Events

In light of the coronavirus emergency, please contact us directly to check if events are going ahead.
  • FREE
    Durham

    Christmas Tree Festival

    02-Dec-2021 11:00 AM - 03-Jan-2022 16:00 PM

    The festive season is here, and to celebrate we welcome the return of our Christmas Tree Festival!

    0 - 16 years
    2021-12-02T11:00:00Z 2022-01-03T16:00:00Z

    The festive season is here, and to celebrate we welcome the return of our Christmas Tree Festival!

    ,
  • Durham

    Back into Nature: Tree Tots

    08-Dec-2021 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

    Wednesdays for 7 weeks from 3rd November to 15th December @ 10:30am-11:15am

    0 - 2 years
    2021-12-08T10:30:00Z 2021-12-08T11:15:00Z

    Wednesdays for 7 weeks from 3rd November to 15th December @ 10:30am-11:15am

    Back into Nature: Tree Tots
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, Woodland Road DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
  • Durham

    Back into Nature: Busy Bugs

    08-Dec-2021 11:30 AM - 12:15 PM
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

    Wednesdays for 7 weeks from 3rd November to 15th December @ 11:30am-12:15pm

    2 - 4 years
    2021-12-08T11:30:00Z 2021-12-08T12:15:00Z

    Wednesdays for 7 weeks from 3rd November to 15th December @ 11:30am-12:15pm

    Back into Nature: Busy Bugs
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, Woodland Road DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
  • Durham

    Singing Bunnies: With Rachel Purcell

    10-Dec-2021 13:45 PM - 14:30 PM
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens

    Singing Bunnies is a fun filled music class for all under 5s and their grown ups. Sing, dance, shake, rattle and bang along with talented local musician Rachel Purcell.

    0 - 5 years
    2021-12-10T13:45:00Z 2021-12-10T14:30:00Z

    Singing Bunnies is a fun filled music class for all under 5s and their grown ups. Sing, dance, shake, rattle and bang along with talented local musician Rachel Purcell.

    Singing Bunnies: With Rachel Purcell
    Ushaw: Historic House, Chapels & Gardens, Woodland Road DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
  • Durham

    Illuminating Ushaw 2021

    10-Dec-2021 16:30 PM - 19:30 PM

    Tis’ the season to be jolly, join us for dazzling lights and festive fun as Illuminating Ushaw returns for a bigger and better #ChristmasBeyondBelief.

    0 - 16 years
    2021-12-10T16:30:00Z 2021-12-10T19:30:00Z

    Tis’ the season to be jolly, join us for dazzling lights and festive fun as Illuminating Ushaw returns for a bigger and better #ChristmasBeyondBelief.

    Woodland Road, DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
  • Durham

    Illuminating Ushaw 2021

    11-Dec-2021 16:30 PM - 19:30 PM

    Tis’ the season to be jolly, join us for dazzling lights and festive fun as Illuminating Ushaw returns for a bigger and better #ChristmasBeyondBelief.

    0 - 16 years
    2021-12-11T16:30:00Z 2021-12-11T19:30:00Z

    Tis’ the season to be jolly, join us for dazzling lights and festive fun as Illuminating Ushaw returns for a bigger and better #ChristmasBeyondBelief.

    Woodland Road, DH7 9RH (SatNav: DH7 7DW)
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