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 Good187
- Anne FBourne, United KingdomTrip Type:Solo travelBeautiful place - not to be missed!Thursday, 8th November 2018Spent a lovely few hours in the gardens and Hall. The day was sunny and probably best of flowers were over but the gardens were still a real treat to behold. I sat in various areas of the garden... Read full review
- Adrian PMalvern, United KingdomTrip Type:CouplesHidden gem, well worth seeking out.Friday, 30th November 2018We visited towards the end of a November day, but the gardens were still well worth walking around; there are several different types of area, each with its own particular focus/character. There is a... Read full review
- Mark DFeel the historySaturday, 1st December 2018A lovely place to have a wander around the gardens before entering the hall and going through different rooms full of history, even an old staircase with its own ghost, then into a room for a nice... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- On-Site café/restaurant - Homemade cream teas, cakes, toasted sandwiches, soup, speciality teas and coffee.
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge) - £3.10 per day
|2019 (1 Mar 2018 - 31 Oct 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||10:00||- 17:00|
|2018/19 (1 Dec 2018 - 28 Feb 2019)|
|Monday - Sunday||11:00||- 16:00|
* 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. Closing dates over Christmas 2018 is Monday 24th, Tuesday 25th, Wednesday 26th and Thursday 27th December.
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.