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Crook Hall Gardens - A look around National Trust's New Durham Property

We were kindly invited along for a sneak peek at National Trusts new Durham Property Crook Hall Gardens. A firm favourite for many people in the North East, as you can imagine it was quite a shock when it was announced the attraction would be closing its doors during lockdown and wouldn't be reopening.

Skip a few years and news broke that National Trust had acquired the property, which was a huge relief. National Trust took over in March 2022, which is fantastic as this means people can continue to enjoy everything it has to offer.

Enjoy wandering through the interlinked gardens, my personal favourite is the pond, it is so peaceful. Expect walled gardens, Orchard, Maze, lovely spots dotted around with much needed shade and lots of different plants and flowers. The roses smell amazing at the minute. You can also head into the Jacobean hall, which was built in the 14th century. Read more about the history HERE

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Our Visit

We visited on a really sunny, hot day, which added to the experience. We started in the Secret Garden and then just worked our way around the gardens, finishing in the maze which the boys thought was fun. You could easily spend a morning/afternoon there and just enjoy a slower pace. There are lots of lovely places to just sit and take it all in and we are looking forward to visiting regularly throughout the year.

The Jacobean Hall is open and you can go in, but please note it is just the hall that is open inside. (It is lovely and cool, perfect for a break from the sun) I thought the gardens were looking amazing and there are so many different flowers and plants to enjoy. For the kids you can also do a quiz as you go around, which involved answering a few questions and a few opportunities to sketch.

You can also enjoy a light lunch in the café, which was still being finished when we were there but looked great and there's a lovely outdoor seating area

Good to know

Opening times 10am - 5pm until 30th October then weekends throughout winter

Car parking available, free for National Trust members (you need to scan your card)

Head to the café for the admission point

The medieval hall is the only part of the building that is open to visitors

Toilets/changing facilities available

Café is open to everyone and you don't need to pay entry to the gardens if you are just visiting the café

Seating dotted about

Wheelchair access from the car park

Assistance dogs only in the hall

Dogs welcome around the garden but on a short lead only!

For admission prices please click HERE

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