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.
Crook Hall & Gardens Reviews
Visited Crook Hall today, first “outing” since lockdown began. I live locally and have been to the gardens quite a few times, and regularly call in to the cafe for breakfast, lunch or just a yummy... more »
I love this cafe because you can eat on the terrace with your dog and they get treats too...but..I feel aggrieved that cyclists and students get discounts yet elderly loyal customers pay full price... more »
Great bank holiday Monday. Good cafe gardens and house restaurant high tea in garden looked inviting. Carparking reasonable with riverside location for walking Weather could make or break the day though. Although garden cafe doesn't attract the garden charge and worth a visit.
Compact and interesting garden probably just past its peak now (late August) though still some late summer flowering perennials. Will be good in Spring and early Summer too. House very interesting and of quite some age. Definitely going back again.
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