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Crook Hall & Gardens, Durham

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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. Use our Durham day trip site to visit Crook Hall & Gardens on your trip to Durham, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • the newest place they have taken on ,can be hard to find ,you turn down as you are going to a car park but just keep going as you go to the back of car park keep going ,and their is a car park out... 
    the newest place they have taken on ,can be hard to find ,you turn down as you are going to a car park but just keep going as you go to the back of car park keep going ,and their is a car park out...  more »
  • Gardens delightful. Maze a bit of fun. Think 1.5 to 2 hours more than enough time to do it justice. A good addition to NT properties. 
    Gardens delightful. Maze a bit of fun. Think 1.5 to 2 hours more than enough time to do it justice. A good addition to NT properties.  more »
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  • Free parking for national trust members. Cafe with delicious cafe , snacks, cakes, Friendly staff. Beautiful views from garden to the Durham cathedral. Lots of fruits, vegetables and plant's to show kids. Lovely paths with colourful plants, trees and shrubs, few small fountains😁 Definitely worth the money!!
  • 13th of July 2022. The day when National Trust opened the Garden for public and Durham appeared on National Trust map! This medieval building added another reason to visit Durham. At the moment the house itself is still closed but you can visit the medieval hall. Not much but still quite interesting building. To me the garden is a real pearl! There is a couple of sections of this lovely garden. We have orchard full of apple trees, pond surrounded by trees, water plants and beautiful views of meadows and fields. Section with vegetables, berries and edibles is really well kept and impressive! Fantastic features everywhere not omitting this part of the garden. Small and bigger ornaments and statues are keeping you in "look for" mode. Great abundance of plants everywhere so no room for any single weed! Lovely planned paths with all shapes of benches here and there gives additional reason to stroll and soak in atmosphere and calmness of the place. The cathedral view is not something extraordinary but still nice as the best place for it is designed as kind of rock plants carpet. I love it! Coffee and cake available in the spotless cafĂ© and fantastic staff members ready to help is a cherry on top!

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