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 1st March 6.30pm
County Hall Committee Room 1A
Join us, to hear how the gardens are developing and to chat informally with the trustees after the short meeting.

Music in the Gardens

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

 


News

Our Annual General Meeting takes place in Committee Room 1A at County Hall, Durham at 6.30pm on Thursday March 1st 2018.

All are welcome, especially anyone interested in becoming a new member of the committee.
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Annual General Meeting 2018

March 1, 2018, 6:30pm - March 1, 2018, 8:30pm

Join us in Committee Room 1A at County Hall, Durham at 6.30pm on Thursday March 1st 2018 to hear how the Gardens are developing and to chat informally with the trustees after the short meeting.

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Join us in Committee Room 1A at County Hall, Durham at 6.30pm on Thursday March 1st 2018 to hear how the Gardens are developing and to chat informally with the trustees after the short meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

Annual General Meeting 2018

March 1, 2018, 6:30pm - March 1, 2018, 8:30pm

Join us in Committee Room 1A at County Hall, Durham at 6.30pm on Thursday March 1st 2018 to hear how the Gardens are developing and to chat informally with the trustees after the short meeting.

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After a busy year in 2017 we are looking forward to an equally busy 2018. Read all about it in our annual newsletter. ... See MoreSee Less

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Thank you to everyone who showed up to our first task of the year at Old Durham Gardens!!! Remember to join our fb group if you want to keep up to date with our events and tasks: www.facebook...

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