I always like to have a map with me on my explorings. A map can tell you so much about the locality. This evening however I had an hour or so to kill in Durham so I just wandered around and by chance came across this little gem. These gardens date from the 17th century and, although I couldn’t see the full extent as the walled part were locked up, I was impressed by what I could see. Late evening it was very peaceful.
The public have enjoyed access to the gardens since the middle of the 18th century. Between the wars they featured highly in Durham life when dances were organised in the walled garden but after that they became derelict. In 1985 the city council acquired them and began the restoration.