Established more than 350 years ago, Old Durham Gardens provide a charming public space for everybody to enjoy. The gardens lie less than a mile from Durham city centre, and can be reached through a number of pleasant woodland or riverside walks.
The gardens are owned by Durham County Council and have since 2010 been jointly managed with the Friends of Old Durham Gardens. The rejuvenation of these historic gardens is an ongoing project, with which you are welcome to help.
Visiting the Gardens
The Lower Gardens and orchards are open to the public at all times.
In 2017, the walled Upper Garden is open on Sundays and Thursdays 2-4pm from April – September, beginning Sunday 26th March 2017.
Entry is free at all times, although as a voluntary group, donations are always welcome.
The gardens can be reached by footpath along the River Wear, or through the University Sports Fields. Following land slides in the area, please be aware that some footpaths may be closed for repair.
Access by car is restricted, as is parking at Old Durham. Bent House Lane is a single track, no-through-road with passing places, and can be entered only from the A181 Sherburn Road.
On behalf of the trustees of the Friends of Old Durham Gardens, I would like to thank you all for your fantastic efforts in preparing for and delivering this year’s Music in the Gardens event which, we all agreed, was a great success. The warm weather was just right for the event and attendance at the event was excellent with over 600 coming throughout the…
Our Music in the Gardens event on Sunday went extremely well, the weather was excellent and over 730 people attended throughout the afternoon. Thanks to all involved in the event. You can see more photos of the day on Facebook.
We, the Friends of Old Durham Gardens, are inviting you to our first play that we are arranging in Old Durham Gardens and are pleased to have the Durham Shakespeare Group perform A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Information as per the attached poster.
Admission is FREE and donations are welcome. It is on Sunday 20th August at 2.00pm, finishes around 3.30pm and gates open 1.00pm.
Seating and refreshments are limited so please bring chairs, blankets, picnics and drinks as appropriate. Some soft drinks will be available to buy.
Please note that parking at the gardens (DH1 2RY), as always for our events, is limited to performer and disabled parking with our main parking at The Graham Sports Centre at Maiden Castle (DH1 3SE) to whom we are grateful for their permission to park there on this occasion. It is a 10 to 15 minute walk to the gardens from there. You will need to REGISTER YOUR CAR at the sports centre reception on arrival. Alternatively you can walk from Durham as both river banks are now open.
Your feedback on the event would be appreciated as this is our first trial of a play being performed.
Please let us know if you are coming so that we can assess likely numbers.