Crook Hall & Gardens
Crook Hall & Gardens
4.5
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 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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  • Malcolm W
    Coffs Harbour, Australia244 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Different type of garden within walking distance of Durham city centre.
    Nice garden just outside the centre of Durham run by the National Trust. Free parking for trust members is limited to three hours on our visit, which is ample unless you overstay in the Cafe. There is another car park very close run by Durham County Council which is free after 2:00PM. If you have visited historic Durham in the morning this could be a nice wind down. Very pleasant morning spent here.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 June 2023
  • Ann H
    Chorley, United Kingdom49 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 18 June 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 22 July 2023
  • Neldoo
    Middlesbrough, United Kingdom188 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 7 August 2023
  • Kristopher S
    Sunderland, United Kingdom62 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 9 August 2023
  • Alan M
    Wetherby, United Kingdom1,012 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 12 September 2023
  • macy
    Durham, United Kingdom124 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice gardens - awful coffee
    Gardens are well kept and worth a visit. Doesn’t take long as it’s quite small but there are some places to sit and relax. Had a cappuccino which was one of the worst I’ve ever had. An enormous cup of hot milk with zero taste of coffee. And that was the smallest one they offered. Think the coffee offerings need to be reviewed as obviously visiting the cafe is all part of the NT experience!
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 September 2023
  • Joanne W
    Houghton-le-Spring, United Kingdom54 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 30 September 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 12 March 2024
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Just T
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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 23 March 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 12 March 2024
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Ashanti
North East England, UK481 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 9 March 2024
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Scouser1917
Liverpool, UK12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Friends
Nice wee maze for little kids and big kids. Poor disabled access, but to be expected. Good used bookshop.
Written 8 October 2023
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Joanne W
Houghton-le-Spring, UK54 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 30 September 2023
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J D P
Somerset123 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
An interesting place worth visiting, just do not be put off by the condescending attitude of the young lady behind the reception. The staff in the cafe were lovely though.
Written 29 September 2023
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macy
Durham, UK124 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Gardens are well kept and worth a visit. Doesn’t take long as it’s quite small but there are some places to sit and relax. Had a cappuccino which was one of the worst I’ve ever had. An enormous cup of hot milk with zero taste of coffee. And that was the smallest one they offered. Think the coffee offerings need to be reviewed as obviously visiting the cafe is all part of the NT experience!
Written 18 September 2023
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Ian S
Driffield, UK107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023
The gardens are lovely, especially the walled garden. A well thought-out and cared for place with plenty of shady seating to relax in or a eat a picnic. Definitely worth an hour or so of your time.
Written 14 September 2023
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Alan M
Wetherby, UK1,012 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
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.
Written 12 September 2023
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Paul W
Stockton-on-Tees, UK80 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
Glad we were NT members and this was a visit of an hour at most. Gardens were pretty with excellent vegetables area. Cafe was almost out of hot food and cakes by 2pm.
Written 23 August 2023
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