Washington Old Hall

View of Yellow Spring Tulips in Parterre garden with Washington Old Hall in the background

Manor house associated with the family of George Washington, first president of the USA

Washington Old Hall

What's on

Have a day exploring the hall and garden

Booking is not essential but we'd recommend it to guarantee entry during school holidays and at weekends.

Sketch of the Wassa crusty pie

WASSA - A feast of folklore, fiction and fact  

A vibrant spectacle like you’ve never seen before. Experience artwork that shifts the way we tell the story of Washington Old Hall and the people who are associated with it, through this theatrical, dark and whimsical exhibition. Running May 2021 - October 2022

Upcoming events

#Love Sunderland Heritage open day

Sat 04 Jun 2022
10:00-17:00
Celebrate Sunderland heritage day at Washington Old Hall for a free open day.

Martin Stephenson, Dainties Acoustica

Sat 02 Jul 2022
19:00-22:00
What could be better than a Summer night in the Nuttery with the wonderful Martin Stephenson and The Daintees?

4th July American Independence Day flag raising ceremony

Mon 04 Jul 2022
11:00-12:00
It's here at Washington Old Hall where the 'Washington' family (and the first president of the United States) took their surname, and we're proud to celebrate this special day with our American friends.

The Pantaloons present, The Wind in the Willows

Wed 03 Aug 2022
19:00-20:45
Back by popular demand, The Pantaloons are coming to Washington Old Hall on their summer 2022 tour. Fast-paced and funny mayhem for the whole family.

The Pantaloons present, Much Ado About Nothing

Fri 26 Aug 2022
19:00-21:00
There’s plenty to shout about in The Pantaloons’ take on Shakespeare’s timeless summer comedy of masks, music and mistaken identities!
Washington Old Hall

Things to see and do

A family browsing the Hall

Venture to the ground floor and enter the grand old Hall 

Discover the history of the Old Hall. Dating back to the thirteenth-century, this small manor house was home to the original Washington family, renovated before the English Civil War and went on to be a tenement building, lived in by up to nine families until the 1930s. It has seen a tremendous amount of history and people and is worth a visit. If you have any questions, a guide is on hand to help.

Washington Old Hall Bumble bee on Lavender

Explore the gardens during spring 

Spring is a great time to visit the gardens here. The bulbs are starting to make an appearance, you can hear the birds singing and there's plenty of places to simply sit, relax and soak up the calm.

Washington Old Hall

History

George Washington painting

From Wessington to Washington 

William de Hertburn had no idea that his new name 'de Wessington' would make history and even become one of the most powerful cities in the world. Read on to find out why and visit The Washington Room to discover the story of the first President of the United States, George Washington.

Images of Robert May The Accomplisht Chef book

Robert May's The Accompisht Chef 

Although not listed on the inventory of 1662, you can see a copy of Robert May's The Accomplisht Cook Or the Art and Mystery of Cooking dating back to 1664. It gives us a taste of the food enjoyed by the most opulent of seventeenth-century society.

Video

1956 Before and After

It's hard to believe it was only in the 1930's that the hall was saved from demolition, thanks to the forethought and tenacity of local school master Fred Hill, before it was entrusted to the National Trust in 1956. Take a trip back in time when you visit and watch original footage of the history of Washington Old Hall. Here's a taster of what you'll see: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yQXIFYOTK4Q