Welcome to Old Durham Gardens

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

Opening Times

The Lower Gardens and orchards are open to the public at all times.

In 2018, the walled Upper Garden is open on Sundays and Thursdays 2-4pm until Sunday 28th October. We expect to open again in 2019 from Thursday 4th April, but please check back as this is open to change depending on weather.

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.

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.

Our postcode is DH1 2RY.



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Coming Events


Thursday 21st March 6.30pm, County Hall room 1A

Our eighth AGM, registration will be open from 6.00pm.

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