Crook Hall & Gardens
Crook Hall & Gardens
4.5
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
Cared for by the National Trust since spring 2022. Crook Hall Gardens features a series of interlinking gardens, each with its own style and character, set against the backdrop of a Grade 1 listed medieval hall. Visitors can discover a maze, a secret walled garden, an orchard, a wildlife-rich moat pool, tranquil seating areas and views of Durham city and cathedral. The Garden Gate Café offers seating indoors, as well as on an outdoor terrace. Dogs on a short lead are welcome in the gardens and café.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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  • Ann H
    Chorley, United Kingdom47 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely gardens, lots of roses
    This is a lovely garden, lots of different interconnected areas, beautifully set out. Fabulous place to wander around for an hour or so..and we found a band playing up by the pond which was great. The kitchen garden and greenhouse were places to linger, and lots of seating areas/ benches to rest and admire the view. We saw people with picnics which looked like a good idea, lots of space to settle down and let the kids explore.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written June 18, 2023
  • CJA6161
    Cornwall, United Kingdom13 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lovely site but rather small
    Property consists of a small medieval hall, a later (17thC if I remember correctly) building added on. The Georgian property added on is not open to the public. Small, pretty gardens. The entry price was about half what you usually pay for National Trust entry, so it seemed fair for the small property.
    Visited July 2023
    Written July 22, 2023
  • Neldoo
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom216 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just lovely 😍
    Despite being in the heart of Durham city, this is a peaceful & beautiful alternative to shopping! Such a pretty English garden, that requires proper exploration. It's not huge, but because it's "higgledy-piggledy" you can take plenty of time over seeing everything. There are lots of hidden parts & many, many spots for a quiet sit down. We were lucky enough to visit on a warm, dry day; I imagine access could be a little difficult if it's wet (narrow brick paths & steps in places). There is an on-site, National Trust car park but the entrance isn't massively obvious. It's also narrow & steep, so take care! There's also what looked like a lovely cafe but we didn't visit on this occasion.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 7, 2023
  • Kristopher S
    Sunderland, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Hidden Gem
    Brilliant day out right on our doorstep! Packed full of history, agriculture and scenic views this is a fun filled day for all the family. We spent a good few hours roaming around through all the beautifully kept gardens, maze and hall. Many a paths lead you to somewhere you wouldn’t think existed then you would end up in somewhere equally as well kept and scenic. On site cafe offering a selection of hot and cold drinks and food with ample parking. Stunning views of Durham cathedral just a shame the skyline is becoming more populated and ruining it! Free access and parking for national trust members.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written August 9, 2023
  • Alan M
    Wetherby, United Kingdom1,366 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens and location hidden near Durham
    Probably the nicest gardens we have ever visited and we are RHS members !! Hidden away very close to the centre of Durham this is an oasis of calm. Round every corner is another different and beautiful garden with views of the Cathedral and the countryside. Set on a hillside with a medieval hall and Georgian style house. One can really imagine living here surrounded by these amazing gardens. There is a nice NT cafe and the usual very friendly and helpful staff. Fabulous - we will definitely visit again when in the neighbourhood.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 12, 2023
  • Joanne W
    Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom58 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short visit
    I have visited these gardens before and they are very pretty. But I have to use a wheelchair at the moment and found we could only get to the first part of the garden and that was with some difficulty so I wouldn’t recommend it to people with mobility issues. A mountain wheelchair might make it. Still a lovely place to reflect not far from Durham.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written September 30, 2023
  • Pndr
    Glossop, United Kingdom114 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wildlife was surprisingly scarce
    Visited Crook Hall for a morning walk. Lovely trek along the longer route and a nice stretch of river en-route. We were both surprised at how little wildlife we observed. Only a handful of common birds and literally nothing else, which seemed strange in such a lovely location. We both agreed, this would be one to re-visit deeper into Spring
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Treacle2304
    Rugeley, United Kingdom160 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice place for a walk
    Lovely gardens to wander round. Could do with some labels details what some of the bigger plants were. Nice place to spend an hour or so - looking forward to visiting at other times to see the changes in the plants. Stopped at the cafe for a drink and a piece of cake
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written April 25, 2024
  • veronica l
    Northumberland, United Kingdom95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    gardens - an excellent find.
    We spent a very enjoyable afternoon here. Lots of different 'rooms' with various and varied planting. Enjoyed comparing our vegetable gardens with the crops here. Found the original buildings of interest and sheltered from the showers in the second hand book shop before continuing our walk. A little uphill part at the beginning of the gardens , not too taxing . and then more or less, level walking. But we found the cafe less than excellent!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 5, 2024
  • Margaret C
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful gardens, shame about the cafe!
    The gardens are so tranquil and beautiful. Free flowing with colour and fragrance. Challenging walking for anyone disabled. The cafe was dreadful sadly. Bacon sandwich must have been made the day before. It was cold, and very hard. The Americano was awful, with the tiniest jug of milk I've ever seen.
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written June 12, 2024
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Margaret C
1 contribution
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
The gardens are so tranquil and beautiful. Free flowing with colour and fragrance. Challenging walking for anyone disabled.
The cafe was dreadful sadly. Bacon sandwich must have been made the day before. It was cold, and very hard. The Americano was awful, with the tiniest jug of milk I've ever seen.
Written June 12, 2024
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W. M. Aslam
Birmingham, UK43 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Friends
In the wonderful surroundings one can wander through a number of charming, interlinked gardens, each with its own unique species of plants, flowers and charm. Each garden complements each other. They vary in age and style. There are formal gardens, neat and well presented, others have that traditional English cottage garden appeal. They are brimming with colour, even in these colder months. Roses, perennials, shrubs and trees boast their varied hues. They fill the garden with their beauty and scent. The gardens are a magnet for wildlife. Bees, butterflies, ducks and birds all gather in this piece of earthly paradise.
Written June 7, 2024
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veronica l
Northumberland, UK95 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Friends
We spent a very enjoyable afternoon here. Lots of different 'rooms' with various and varied planting. Enjoyed comparing our vegetable gardens with the crops here. Found the original buildings of interest and sheltered from the showers in the second hand book shop before continuing our walk. A little uphill part at the beginning of the gardens , not too taxing . and then more or less, level walking. But we found the cafe less than excellent!
Written June 5, 2024
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Richard H
Marsden, UK187 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Well it was a lovely day in mid May so that was a good start.
The gardens were in full bloom, very healthy and well-kept.
Bigger place than we expected, worth a couple of hours.
Written May 26, 2024
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Sarah t
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Friends
A definite highlight of our trip to Durham. The gardens here are a real treat, such a relaxing and beautiful place to visit. Friendly helpful staff.
Written May 17, 2024
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NKay
North East England, UK897 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Visited yesterday with my 13 year old daughter. We were on foot and followed the sat nav from the train station, it did take us to the back of the gardens and not the entrance. We did find a gate open to go through so we didn’t have to go all the way round to the entrance. We made our way down to the entrance through the gardens and was told the gate we came through should have been locked… ooops!
We did have a good wander around but had completed our visit within 30/40 minutes.
The gardens are beautiful. We were disappointing in the hall itself. It is empty basically a shell, apart from a couple of information boards. We probably won’t return as it was a long way to go for 30/40 minutes.
I don’t like to go to the national trust cafes as they are really expensive.
Written April 28, 2024
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Treacle2304
Rugeley, UK160 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Lovely gardens to wander round. Could do with some labels details what some of the bigger plants were. Nice place to spend an hour or so - looking forward to visiting at other times to see the changes in the plants.

Stopped at the cafe for a drink and a piece of cake
Written April 25, 2024
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Just T
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved it here. Staff were very knowledgeable and friendly. Gardens we're absolutely stunning and there was lots to do.
Written March 23, 2024
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Pndr
Glossop, UK114 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Visited Crook Hall for a morning walk. Lovely trek along the longer route and a nice stretch of river en-route.

We were both surprised at how little wildlife we observed. Only a handful of common birds and literally nothing else, which seemed strange in such a lovely location.

We both agreed, this would be one to re-visit deeper into Spring
Written March 12, 2024
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Ashanti
North East England, UK558 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Walking in Durham so called in for a quick drink & scone stop.
Staff seem quite friendly, food counter looked appealing but scones were rather dry. Two hot drinks were nice & hot and the view from the cafe window was ok.
Not the worst place I’ve stopped for a quick drink, but not the best either.
Written March 9, 2024
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