Described in the Sunday Telegraph as ‘stunning’, Crook Hall, a Medieval Manor house built circa 1217 is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham City. Home to the Bell Family since 1995, the Medieval Hall merges into a Jacobean Manor house which in turn merges into a Georgian Town house reflecting its development over the centuries that it has stood beside the River Wear.
The Hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the 5 acres of stunning gardens which are laid out in a series of rooms such as the Shakespeare Garden, the Cathedral Garden and the Secret Walled Garden.
Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English gardens. This could have been the reason that led William Wordsworth and John Ruskin to visit the gardens for quiet contemplation!
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult||£8.00 per ticket type|
|Child||£5.00 per ticket type|
|Concession||£7.50 per ticket type|
November - February 11am - 4pm. Adults £6, Concessions £5.50, Child £3.
Annual Prices: Adult – £19.50, Concession – £17.50 and a Family – £39.50
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good176
- B4600ALclairebTrip Type:Friends getawayFabulous destination for afternoon tea and garden appreciation!Tuesday, 22nd May 2018This was a rescheduled visit for us (thanks to the snow earlier in the year) - but we definitely benefited in the end! The staff were so incredibly welcoming, attentive and accommodating - adding... Read full review
- Amy CTrip Type:CouplesAfternoon teaTuesday, 8th May 2018Came for afternoon tea for a birthday 🍰 lovely service and plenty of choice on the afternoon tea. Great staff, who even lit a log fire to keep the room warm as it was winter Read full review
- Maureen5583Edinburgh, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesPerfectMonday, 7th May 2018Visited the gardens on May bank holiday in glorious weather. There was a Mary Poppins weekend for children which was certainly a huge success with lots of children dressed as chimney sweeps and Mary... Read full review
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Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - £3.10 per day
- On-Site café/restaurant - Homemade cream teas, cakes, toasted sandwiches, soup, speciality teas and coffee.
* Open throughout the year: Sunday, Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday 10am until 5pm (March - October) 11am until 4pm (November - February)
(Excluding Children's Halloween in October and Sundays in December)
The Garden Gate Cafe is open daily 9.30am - 5pm no entrance fee required.
Map & Directions
Nearest major road is A1(M).
From the A1(M) junction 62, take the A690 into Durham City Centre. At the Gilesgate roundabout take the 2nd exit and follow the road straight over Milburngate Bridge. Take the first left at the end of the bridge and 1st left again. The River Wear will now be in front of you, follow the road round and the river will be on your right hand side. Follow the riverside along, passed the Radisson Blu Hotel and the main entrance to Crook Hall and Gardens is 500 metres further along. Our Garden Gate Cafe is the big wooden building at the entrance to the Crook Hall pay and display car park.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest station is Durham Station. From the station road walk down North Road past the bus station to The Gates Shopping Centre. Follow the road down to the riverside, and Crook Hall is signposted from there.