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 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.

Directions

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.

Our postcode is DH1 2RY.

Map

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Coming Events

AGM

Thursday 22nd March 6.30pm
County Hall Committee Room 1A
Our seventh annual general meeting. Registration open from 6pm. Please note that this was rescheduled from an earlier date due to weather.

Music in the Gardens

Sunday 8th July 1.30pm
Our main event of the year.

 


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