Crook Hall, a Medieval Manor house built circa 1217 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 is turn merges into a Georgian Town house reflecting its development over the centuries that it has stood beside the River Wear.

The Hall provides a spectacular backdrop to the 5 acres of stunning gardens which are laid out in a series of rooms such as the Shakespeare Garden, the Cathedral Garden and the Secret Walled Garden. Described in the Sunday Telegraph as ‘stunning’,

Visitors from all over the world come to share in the timeless magic of Crook Hall and leave inspired by these idyllic English gardens. This could have been the reason that led William Wordsworth and John Ruskin to visit the gardens for quiet contemplation!

We are open from Sunday to Wednesday and welcome visitors throughout the year. If you are a horticultural society, have a keen interest in history, photography and wildlife, or are a general interest group, there is something for everyone at Crook Hall and Gardens.

Visitors are invited to try out the maze, hunt down the ghosts, experience the peace and tranquillity of the walled gardens or simply relax and enjoy a homemade cream tea in our pretty little Court Yard café.

We also have our Garden Gate Café which is open 7 days a week serving breakfasts and light lunches alongside mouth-watering homemade cakes and scones. Our gift shop offers a range of souvenirs and local products including Durham Gin, South Durham Honey and Durham Brewery Ales.

The Hall has wonderful views of Durham Cathedral and has been described in Country Life as having ‘history, romance and beauty’. We are just a short walk away from Durham City’s bustling market place.

We offer a 10% discount for groups of 20+ guests along with free entry for the tour group organiser and coach driver. All groups are met with a welcome talk from Maggie Bell or by one of our fantastic team members. Guided tours of the Hall and Gardens are available at an additional cost.

We welcome groups and coach tours. The drop off point for coaches is adjacent to our Garden Gate Cafe; a member of our team will provide a welcome talk on the coach. Coaches may park on the main road opposite our entrance or at The Sands Coach Park. Coach drivers have free access to the Hall and Gardens and light refreshments in the Garden Gate Cafe.

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Please email us and we can send you a Group Booking form.