Visiting Crook Hall Gardens: What you need to know

Pale stone medieval buildings of Crook Hall overlook a lush garden with colourful blooming shrubs and flowers in the foreground

What to expect when you visit our historic gardens, medieval hall and The Garden Gate Café.

Crook Hall Gardens is open daily 10am - 5pm until 30 October, then winter weekends.

Parking and arrival

You’ll find our pay and display car park off Frankland Lane, Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ. NB there is another pay and display car park next door, not National Trust - follow the sign for Crook Hall Gardens and turn into the entrance next to our café building. Parking is free for National Trust members, please scan your membership card. There is a charge of £3 for up to 3 hours for all other visitors. 

There are designated Blue Badge spaces available. 

The car park is open 9am - 8pm. It is locked at closing time.

To find our admissions point, head towards the café and through the gate to your left.

Admission prices

Adult: standard £8, Gift Aid £8.80

Child: standard £4, Gift Aid £4.40

Family: standard £20, Gift Aid £22

Family one adult: standard £12, Gift Aid £13.20

Group (minimum 15 people): 5% discount on standard Adult and Child prices.

Please note the medieval hall is the only part of Crook Hall itself open to visitors. 

Facilities 

An accessible toilet with baby changing area can be found in the café. There is another toilet (not accessible) close to the medieval hall, approximately 50 metres from the admissions area. 

The Garden Gate Café is open 10am - 5pm daily. Dine in or takeaway, we're serving hot and cold drinks, light bites and cakes. There's no need to pay admission to the gardens if you're only visiting the café, so you can drop in to enjoy a tasty treat anytime. 

The maze and café at Crook Hall Gardens
A circular maze of dense green hedging is viewed from above with a detached modern café building behind it.
The maze and café at Crook Hall Gardens

There are benches dotted around the gardens which make an ideal picnic spot. 

Adventurous visitors can explore the maze next to the café.

Accessibility

The National Trust is for everyone, and we want to make it easy for visitors with disabilities to enjoy the places we care for.  

If you need to bring a carer or essential companion to accompany you as a disabled visitor, you can now purchase a carers ticket free of charge.

Assistance dogs are permitted in the medieval hall.

Parts of the gardens can be accessed in a wheelchair. There is level access from the car park; from there access to the main garden area is via an incline. Winding, narrow or uneven paths make some areas inaccessible to wheelchair users.

Benches are located around the site for visitors to rest as they walk.  

Visiting with your dog

Dogs on short leads are welcome at Crook Hall Gardens, including in the café. Assistance dogs only in the medieval hall. For the comfort of our canine guests, water bowls are provided. Please clean up after your dog. We don’t have designated dog waste bins, please dispose of used bags in a litter bin.

Find out more about the Canine Code at National Trust places here.

Bikes at Crook Hall Gardens

We’re sorry but, for the safety of all our visitors and to protect the gardens, bicycles are not permitted in the gardens. We welcome under 5s on trikes or balance bikes (no pedals, but please be aware that there are limited hard paths and that these often have a loose (gravel) surface, and few are flat.

Please note

We won’t be offering weddings at Crook Hall Gardens. Our focus will be on welcoming visitors.