We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Crook Hall & Gardens

Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ, England
+44 191 384 8028
Website
Share
Save
Review Highlights
More to see than we realised.

You can spend quite some time exploring the gardens and hall. Plenty of colour in the gardens with... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
durhamd
,
Durham, United Kingdom
Annual excursion from my WI.

We didn't realise that such a lovely Historical house was so near to where we live in Ripon. We had... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
jcawthorne48
,
Ripon, United Kingdom
Read all 823 reviews
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Overview
More
Crook Hall is a Medieval Manor house built circa 1217 and is one of the oldest inhabited houses in Durham City. Home to the Bell Family since 1995, the Medieval Hall merges into a Jacobean Manor house which in turn merges into a Georgian Town house reflecting its development over the centuries. The Hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the 5 acres of stunning gardens. Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English gardens. Afternoon Tea is served in the beautiful Georgian Drawing Room. We are open from Sunday to Wednesday and welcome visitors throughout the year. We have two modern self catering apartments available in the heart of Durham City. We are a unique, historic wedding venue providing exclusive use of a beautiful and romantic setting. Our Licensed Garden Gate Café is open 7 days a week from 9:30am - 5pm serving breakfasts, light lunches and refreshments along with wines and local ales.
  • Excellent73%
  • Very good21%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“afternoon tea” (160 reviews)
“scones” (73 reviews)
Closed Now
Hours
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
LOCATION
Frankland Lane | Sidegate, Durham DH1 5SZ, England
CONTACT
Website
+44 191 384 8028
Write a ReviewReviews (823)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language
All reviews
"afternoon tea"
in 160 reviews
"scones"
in 73 reviews
"gardens are beautiful"
in 35 reviews
"hidden gem"
in 73 reviews
"cream tea"
in 31 reviews
"fairy tale"
in 18 reviews
"treasure hunt"
in 13 reviews
"wedding venue"
in 16 reviews
"tea room"
in 31 reviews
"well worth a visit"
in 63 reviews
"nooks and crannies"
in 14 reviews
"hidden away"
in 14 reviews
"durham city"
in 42 reviews
"every corner"
in 9 reviews
"lovely food"
in 10 reviews
"quiche"
in 9 reviews
"lovely afternoon"
in 10 reviews
Filter

1 - 10 of 818 reviews

Reviewed 5 days ago

You can spend quite some time exploring the gardens and hall. Plenty of colour in the gardens with many different types of flowers. A very relaxing place to visit with seating placed so that you can sit and take in the view. You get splendid...More

Thank durhamd
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 6 days ago

We didn't realise that such a lovely Historical house was so near to where we live in Ripon. We had arranged a guided tour prior to our visit and the present owner was there to meet us from the coach. Taking us around the house...More

Thank jcawthorne48
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

I am so pleased that you enjoyed your visit. We love welcoming groups to Crook Hall. Your group were especially lovely - so appreciative and enthusiastic. It was a pleasure for me to show you around my home. Thank you.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 1 week ago

What an amazing, magical place. Loved everything from the welcome to the beautiful garden rooms, to the many seats where you can just enjoy the relaxing atmosphere and the fabulous flowers. And finally a lovely afternoon tea. Will definitely visit againMore

Thank Jackie M
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Hello Jackie, We think that Crook Hall is amazing and magical too! In fact that is why we decided to open to the public- Keith (my husband) and I love the Hall and wanted to share it with lovely people like yourself. When someone takes...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
See more reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had been given vouchers for afternoon tea and ploughman's for our birthdays and decided to visit on Fathers Day, we booked well in advance and on arrival were given a lovely table overlooking the walled garden. The staff were very friendly and helpful and...More

Thank Lynda009
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for giving us such a lovely review Lynda. We are very proud of our afternoon teas and it gives the whole team a real boost when someone is kind enough to let us know that all the thought and care which goes into...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Fantastic gardens. Great place to visit. Friendly staff. Lived in Durham Al my life wasn't really sure where it was but now I know I go all the time

Thank Lisa1781
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

What a lovely review Lisa. The support of local people like yourself who come back to see the Hall and Gardens numerous times throughout the seasons is vitally important to us. Indeed we would not be able to remain open without you. Thank you.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had the most wonderful Afternoon Tea together celebrating our nieces engagement. The weather was perfect so we were seated in the garden under the trees. The food was amazing and the cocktails served in teapots was quirky and fun. The staff were so lovely...More

Thank RiojaSue
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Team member at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thank you for letting us know how much you enjoyed your afternoon tea - and many congratulations to your niece on her engagement. We love it that people choose to celebrate important moments in their lives at Crook Hall.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The gardens are spectacular in spring and summer and you can get a sense of wonder going through each area. It’s a lovely place, the house is wonderful and food is nice as well.More

Thank I5785BPkevinv
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Owner at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

I am so pleased that you have enjoyed the house and garden so much. Your review reminds me of how Keith and I felt when we first looked round the Hall before we bought it- we too had a sense of wonder. Since that day,...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Houses, really, as it is three houses from different periods joined together. Some passage walls lined with pictures painted by the owner (and for sale). Well developed and developing garden with a riot of colour from plants and trees. Good cafe too.More

Thank algernon204
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Member of the Crook Hall Team at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

You are so right. Crook Hall is a very rare example of three eras of English domestic architecture, all on one site. Our talented curator, Anna Kidd, is just completing a book which documents the history of the Hall and Gardens. We are hoping to...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a lovely place to spend an hour or so wandering around. Very peaceful with well tended gardens. House is interesting to have a look around as well. We didn't have lunch or afternoon tea but it was certainly busy with other people doing...More

Thank Marion
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, Crook Hall Team Member at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you so much,we think that our gardens are beautiful too. Our gardeners, Ann, John and David , along with our fabulous volunteers, work tirelessly to keep them looking amazing. Reading the reviews from lovely people like yourself make it all worthwhile.

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 11 June 2018 via mobile

The gardens are amazing. They are set out almost like rooms, the scent from the flowers is gorgeous. The Hall is very atmospheric, especially with the soft music in the background. A visit to the tea room is a must. I can't have dairy &...More

Thank Sue B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
CrookHallGardens, The Crook Hall Team at Crook Hall & Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

How kind of you to take the time to write such a lovely review. It is the support and appreciation of people like yourself that makes all our efforts in the gardens, house and tea rooms worth while. Our staff are great at catering for...More

Report response as inappropriate
This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 19 hotels in Durham
Radisson Blu Hotel Durham
2,883 reviews
.17 miles away
Premier Inn Durham City Centre
1,793 reviews
.23 miles away
Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County
1,702 reviews
.47 miles away
Durham Castle
224 reviews
.52 miles away
Nearby Restaurants
Tia's
367 reviews
.31 miles away
Ebony Champagne Bar
454 reviews
.28 miles away
Spice Lounge
298 reviews
.34 miles away
Rajpooth
312 reviews
.31 miles away
Nearby Attractions
Durham Castle
1,039 reviews
.49 miles away
Gala Theatre Durham
281 reviews
.31 miles away
Durham Market Hall
220 reviews
.36 miles away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
jessicahbear
28 June 2018|
Answer
Response from Janette W | Reviewed this property |
The ploughman's afternoon tea replaces the sandwiches with pork pie, cheese & crackers plus scotch egg, the cakes and scones are the same as the standard afternoon tea. Your also are given the option to have a bottled... More
1
Vote