Ushaw College was founded over 200 years ago just outside Durham City to educate students for the Catholic priesthood. It can trace its origins back to the English Reformation of the sixteenth century, when exiled Catholic university professors left England to found a college at Douai in Northern France. The vast estate contains buildings designed by Augustus Pugin and his followers and is one of the most important examples of Victorian Gothic architecture in the North East. On open days visitors can enjoy a tour of the building or guide themselves around our halls, getting a feel for the history of Ushaw. The Refectory Cafe, our on-site dining, offers guests afternoon tea, and our shop stocks a range of gifts for your friends.
We are now also opening up our beautiful performance spaces for an exciting and varied programme of folk, classical, jazz and choral music as well as talks, plays, exhibitions and services.
Entry is free at Ushaw. Ticket prices vary. Single Rooms: £52.50 per person per night inc. VAT and breakfast, Twin Rooms: £69.95 per person per night inc. VAT and breakfast.
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good11
- DOTTICATEdinburgh, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesWowThursday, 10th August 2017We were amazed at the size of this former catholic seminary and boys school.Open Wednesday - Saturday 1-5 pm. The chapels are amazing with wonderful stain glass. The carving in the Mortuary chapel is... Read full review
- cordelia2512Hereford, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesSo Much To SeeWednesday, 9th August 2017A quick visit turned into a two hour plus exploration, with much to see still for our next visit The basic buildings are Victoria Gothic and Catholic: think of a religious version of the Houses of... Read full review
- Caroline TTrip Type:Friends getawayHidden GemSaturday, 5th August 2017Went for FREE willow weaving, thanks Jo really great. Then wandered inside. Mmm AMAZING cakes pity we missed afternoon tea it looked scummy. Lite a candle for family time for quiet reflection in the... Read full review
|2017 (1 Apr 2017 - 31 Oct 2017)|
|Wednesday - Saturday||13:00||- 17:00|
Map & Directions
From the South, leave the A1(M) at junction 59, north of darlington, and continue north on the A167 (for approximately 14 miles) to the traffic lights at Neville's Cross on the outskirts of Durham City. Continue to the third set of traffic lights by Sainsbury's Local and turn left (Ushaw College is signposted here, 2 1/2 miles).
From the North, leave the A1(M) at junction63, Chester-Le-Street. Continue south on the A167 (for approximately 7 miles) until you reach Crossgate Moor in the outskirts of Durham. Turn right at the first set of traffic lights just past the pedestrian footbridge. Ushaw College is signposted (2 1/2 miles).