Durham Cathedral from Crook Hall Tea Room
Writing this on a warm sunny Easter Monday it’s hard to believe that last Tuesday in Durham I managed to avoid snow showers whilst meeting a friend from my online book group for a day out at Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham.
This fascinating house and garden deserve another visit in the summer time when there will be more colour and a less forbidding sky. However, we did manage to visit each garden and delighted in what we saw.
The Hall is 13th century and provides a spectacular backdrop to the stunning gardens. It’s a short walk from the bustling city centre to this oasis of peace. There’s a tea room in the Georgian wing served by the house kitchen and you can visit many of the rooms in the house including the medieval hall with exposed beams.
The Shakespeare Garden inspired by a book on plants in Shakespeare’s plays
Shakespeare in his garden
The Moat Pool
The Cathedral Garden : the beds echo stained glass windows
Durham Cathedral from the Cathedral Garden: the Topiary Box represent the Monks
Be entertained by Clare Balding as she takes a walk with the owners of Crook Hall and finds out about the history of Crook Hall and Gardens :