Opening times for 8 December 2023
Asset Opening time Gardens & Medieval Hall 10:00 - 16:00 Cafe 10:00 - 16:00 Second-hand bookshop 10:00 - 15:30
Last entry to the gardens and medieval hall one hour before closing. Last orders in the café half an hour before closing.MTWTFSS2728293012345678910111213141516171819202122232425262728293031
Crook Hall Gardens
Ticket type Gift aid Standard Adult £8.80 £8.00 Child £4.40 £4.00 Family £22.00 £20.00 Family one adult £13.20 £12.00 Group Adult £7.60 Group Child £3.80
Browse second-hand books in Crook Hall's Jacobean Room, 10am - 3.30pm every day the gardens are open.
Dogs on short leads welcome, including in the café. Assistance dogs only in the medieval hall. Water bowls provided. Please clean up after your dog and dispose of used bags in a litter bin
The Garden Gate Café serves hot and cold drinks, light bites and cakes. Dine in or takeaway. Free entry.
Accessible toilet with baby changing area in the café. There is another toilet (not accessible) close to the medieval hall, approx. 50 metres from the admissions area
Pay and display car park open 8am - 6pm. (NB there is another car park next door, not National Trust. Follow signs for Crook Hall Gardens, entrance next to café). National Trust members free, please scan membership card. All other visitors £3 for up to 3 hours. Blue Badge spaces. Please note, our car park is for visitors to Crook Hall Gardens and café only.
Assistance dogs permitted in the medieval hall. Parts of the gardens can be accessed in a wheelchair. 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 located around the site. Accessible toilet with baby changing in the café.
An accessible toilet can be found in the café
Parts of the gardens can be accessed in a wheelchair. Level access from the car park to the entrance; from there, access to the main garden area is via an incline
There are designated Blue Badge spaces in the car park
Winding, narrow or uneven paths make some areas inaccessible to wheelchair users
From north or south, take the A690 into Durham and cross the river. Take the first exit at the next roundabout, Crook Hall Gardens is signposted via Framwelgate Waterside and Frankland Lane. It seems like you're turning left off Milburngate into a multi storey car park, that's correct. NB you'll pass a pay and display car park before a National Trust sign and the entrance to Crook Hall Gardens car park.
Parking: Parking on site. Pay and display, free for National Trust members. Please note, our car park is for visitors to the gardens and café only.
10 - 12 minutes from Durham Railway Station, via Highgate, Framwellgate and Sidegate. 15 minutes from Durham Cathedral or 8 minutes from Durham Market Place via Framwelgate Waterside.
Regular trains to Durham from Edinburgh, Newcastle, Liverpool Lime Street, Plymouth, Bristol and London Kings Cross. Crook Hall Gardens is a 10 - 12 minute walk from the station; follow signs towards the city centre, then turn left along Framwelgate Waterside by the river or take a shortcut via Highgate, across Framwellgate and down Sidegate (cobbled).
Cathedral Bus 40a stops at Freeman's Place coach park, a 6 minute walk to Crook Hall Gardens via Framwelgate Waterside.
Nearest National Cycle Network: Route 14 (Darlington to South Shields).
Intriguing paths lead you through acres of interlinked gardens, each with its own character and style.
A living puzzle to explore in the garden, mostly planted with cotoneaster that has stunning red berries in autumn.
Gardens set against a Grade I listed medieval hall, with views to Durham Cathedral.
Enjoy light bites, hot and cold drinks at The Garden Gate Café (free entry).
Find a selection of pre-loved books. All proceeds go towards caring for Crook Hall Gardens.
As part of the lighthouse, you’ll be a stone’s throw from the Sunderland coast.
Wander through a series of interlinking gardens, each with its own style and character, set against the backdrop of a Grade 1 listed medieval hall. Visitors can discover a maze, a secret walled garden, an orchard, a wildlife-rich moat pool, tranquil seating areas and views of Durham city and cathedral. The Garden Gate Café (free entry) offers seating indoors, as well as on an outdoor terrace. Dogs on a short lead are welcome in the gardens and café.
We're lucky to currently have a full team of volunteers at Crook Hall Gardens, so have paused recruitment for the time being. Please check back for future opportunities.