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).
- Certificate of Excellence 2018
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good12
- Sunnyside17DurhamTrip Type:FamilyAnother visit to our favourite Park todayThursday, 3rd May 2018We had a lovely time in the park this afternoon & my two grandsons age 4 & 8 years old took their scooters for a change. As it was after school & we knew the cafe would be closed we took a picnic to... Read full review
- Dr_WaughNewcastle upon Tyne, United KingdomTrip Type:BusinessLunch breakThursday, 3rd May 2018Lovely lunch break in the sun today, picked up sashimi from Nudo then went up to the park to eat it. The park is lovely. Please use it. Read full review
- MrsbindurhamDurham, United KingdomPoor cafe serviceFriday, 20th April 2018The actual park is beautiful, great playground & lovely walks surrounding. Love the community garden, however the cafe service is seriously poor. Very slow service, dread to think how they’d cope... Read full review
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|Season (21 May 2018 - 31 Dec 2018)|
* Open daily, with events held throughout the year.