Wharton Park is a gem in the heart of Durham City. The park occupies 4.3 hectares of land hugging the hillside to the North of the city centre. At its peak there are grade 2 listed Battlements dating back to 1858. 19th century philosopher John Ruskin, described the spectacular views from the battlements of Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle, the railway viaduct and over the City as 'the Eighth Wonder of the World'. The park includes a play area, miniature car track and a Multi-Use Games area as well as quiet areas to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
A Stage 2 bid has been submitted to the Heritage Lottery Fund Parks for People programme to help restore and improve the park. There are over 260 Friends of Wharton Park (see http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=107666252628990 if you would like to join the Friends / find out more about our restoration plans).
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good10
- Sharon CNorwichTrip Type:CouplesSmall but beautifulSaturday, 28th October 2017Stunning views over Durham City An easy stroll along winding footpaths to some beautiful views. Lots of places for children and families to enjoy the open spaces. Read full review
- David TDurham, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyBeautifully restored victorian parkMonday, 23rd October 2017In the centre of Durham. Recently refurbished with lots of activities for Kids. Nice restaurant and very handy for the railway station Read full review
- Ian CMilton Keynes, United KingdomTrip Type:FamilyWindy WhartonThursday, 5th October 2017This is a no miss attraction if you are in Durham for any period of time over 2 hours. Just go there and appreciate not just the views, but the philanthropy of English landowners. Recently enhanced... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
Parking & Transport
- Parking (charge)
|Season (21 May 2017 - 31 Dec 2017)|
* Open daily, with events held throughout the year.