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Old Durham Gardens

  • 4.6

  • from 160 Google reviews

About the garden

Charming public gardens offering a variety of riverside and woodland walks, alongside a walled garden, less than a mile from Durham city centre.

Opening times

Lower Gardens and Orchards are open at all times. Walled Upper Garden open 2-4pm Thursday and Sunday April-October.

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Cafe or restaurant

No cafe or restaurant on site



County Durham, DH1 2RY

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Old Durham Gardens
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Google reviews

  • 4.6

  • from 160 Google reviews

Gyöngyi Pergerné Klupp

5 months ago


Very pleasant, charming outer garden with a long flower bed, lots of roses and a lovely orchard with heritage apple and pear trees. It is perfectly nested between the woods and the river and there is not even a door that would separate the gardens from the nature, so you feel so free there. Since there is no entrance fee, our family regularly goes back to relax whenever we are nearby. The walled garden is a formal garden with heritage plants, and is open during the opening hours.

Jo Wiggers

3 weeks ago


Doesn't take long to go around these, but they're well tended and really pretty, and there are loads of lovely walks to and from. Amazing how they've been rescued from dereliction by volunteers, it's a great story. Dogs welcome on a lead.

richard corke

a year ago


Close at the moment due to covid

Sandra Hull

2 months ago


A really lovely walk along the river to the garden. The garden is lovely, probably better in the summer when more flowers but still a nice place to sit. The 2 members of staff we spoke to were very informative and interesting. Some litererature available about the history of the garden. It was lovely to hear the cathedral bells and peacocks calling. Will definitely visit again

Stuart Forster

a year ago


The garden is beautifully maintained. I visited on a sunny weekend. The lower area, outside of the walled garden, was busy with groups picnicking. It's a lovely place for a picnic. It's a good stroll along the riverbank from Durham city centre.

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