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.


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.



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Latest Activity



Music in the Gardens 2017

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…


Spring newsletter

Our newsletter for spring 2017 is now available on the newsletters page.


Music in the Gardens (2016)

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.


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Coming Events

We don’t have any upcoming events planned at the moment, but please check back soon.