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Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham

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Garden Historic Site
Crook Hall & Gardens is a rare example of three eras of English architecture--Medieval, Jacobean, and Georgian--set in idyllic themed gardens. The history of those who have lived in Crook Hall & Gardens is varied, and each family has left their mark on the property. It is currently the home of Keith and Maggie Bell, whose family has lived here for three generations. Inside you can discover the quirks and treasures of this historic home. Try to spot the White Lady who is rumored to haunt the old stairs. Stroll through the gardens, all of which have their own histories (some dating back centuries) and personalities. Discover the orchard, vegetable garden, moat pool, and maze. Soak up the charming English atmosphere over a homemade cream tea in the courtyard, or get cozy in front of a log fire in the Georgian dining room. Pick up the Garden Guide at the entrance, which gives insight into the history of the property and life at the hall for the Bells. Using our world travel planner, Durham attractions like Crook Hall & Gardens can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • There are beautiful, quiet gardens together with a very historic building of three main eras. Some people have reported seeing a ghost in one specific area.  more »
  • A lovely family run house and garden all the instructions to get there are misleading. It says in town, well it is a couple of steps from the car/coach park beautiful tea room at the entrance and anot...  more »
  • A lovely few hours spent in the various gardens in dappled shade or full sun. Peace and tranquillity in abundance. Lots to explore and the food was also lovely. An oasis in the city, were it not for t...  more »
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  • First visit to Crook Hall with family on bank holiday week end. Fairy Tales event was on.this was enjoyable and our son liked the characters. The gardens are beautiful each with a slightly different feel. The Hall is fascinating with 3 buildings covering medieval through to Georgian period. Maze was good as was cafe food and service . Would definitely go again probably for afternoon tea
  • Beautiful gardens and hall, with lovely cafe. Great place for afternoon tea. Very short walk from Durham City center.
  • Really nice gardens with a variety of areas including a maze, walled gardens, orchard and pond area. They regularly have events of for children and the 2 cafes serve a great afternoon tea.
  • Beautiful gardens Ang area. Cafe as you enter service excellen.
  • A small garden gem tucked away near the centre of Durham. Beautiful garden surroundings and extremely helpful staff