The Old Durham Gardens is a beautiful space containing gardens, animals and beautiful picnic locations. Being established over 350 years ago, many historic views are simply breathtaking. So there are several ways you can access the gardens through different walkways along the river.
Five main locations make up the gardens.
The restored Orchard
Entry is free, however, the Old Durham Gardens do accept donations.
The lower walled garden and orchards are always
open. And these spots are perfect for summer picnics, studying and going on a walk with stunning views.
On the other hand, the upper walled garden and gazebo are only open 2 pm-4 pm on Thursdays and Sundays from April to September. Meanwhile, this is the time you can join Friends of Old Durham Gardens, a volunteering group that maintains the gardens, and lovingly applies their green fingers skillsets! More information about the gardens and the amazing work that the group do can be found here
As the garden is located right next to the Old Durham farm, visitors can meet the resident pigs, llamas, horses and many other animals.
What are the disability accessibility and facilities like? The terrain in Old Durham Gardens is often uneven with often muddy pathways. Following the River Wear or passing through the university sports fields will lead you to the gardens. There is limited car parking within the gardens, however the gardens are a 20-minute walk along the river which allows for some beautiful views along the way!
There is a ‘full access’ compost toilet at Old Durham Gardens, we can’t say how much space there is or what accessibility is like, but if you have been there, leave us a comment or drop us an email; firstname.lastname@example.org.