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.

The walled garden and gazebo will be open between 2pm and 4pm on Thursdays and Sundays from April 15th to October 28th 2021.

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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With the temporary closure of the walled garden, here are some photos showing the new door and steps to the gazebo, and some of the plants out in March.

photos from the gardens March 2020

Coming Events

There are no events scheduled, please check back soon.