East Durham College, Houghall Campus aerial shot, main front view

The Houghall Campus

Our Houghall Campus, in Durham, is a leading provider of land-based training and education in the North and has recently undergone an exciting £12.75 million redevelopment.

Check out the redevelopment in this stunning video

As well as an extensive and challenging refurbishment of the main entrance front building, which was built in 1937/8, the completion of the project saw a number of stunning new facilities open September 2016; including a brand-new small animal care centre, agricultural centre, equine centre, brand new science labs and IT suites, and new enhanced access and parking facilities.

The purpose-built Small Animal Care Centre houses a range of small mammals, birds, reptiles and aquatics - as well as a new commercial dog grooming salon and 22-bay dog kennel unit, complete with dog agility and dog walking areas.

The stunning new Houghall Equine Centre boasts a 28-stable block accommodation, training workshops, tack room, automatic horse-walker and an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena to complement an existing 60m x 40m all-weather menage, cross-country trail, schooling field and 20-acre paddock.

The new Agricultural Centre includes a pig unit and cattle unit with forage store to supplement the existing sheep unit down at the farm site.

Each new and refurbished building also boasts additional classroom/workshop space, staff and student changing facilities and welfare support areas.

Land Based Courses

Courses are available in agriculture, animal care, arboriculture & forestry, countryside management, dog grooming, equine studies, floristry, horticulture & gardening and veterinary nursing.

Check out the Houghall courses section of the website for details.

Houghall Facilities

  • Stunning 476-acre estate with working farm
  • New purpose-built small animal care centre is home to a snake house, lizard house, tortoise house, aquatics, small mammals and an aviary.
  • New commercial dog grooming studio
  • New 22-bay dog kennel unit
  • New dog agility and walking area
  • New specialist veterinary nursing training facilities
  • New agricultural centre with pig unit and cattle unit with forage store, plus an existing sheep unit
  • Stunning new equine centre with 28 stables, training workshops, tack room, an international-standard 40m x 40m indoor arena and a 60m x 40m all-weather menage
  • Brand new science labs
  • Commercial Garden Centre
  • Horticulture lab
  • Horticulture & arboriculture workshops
  • Horticultural glasshouses and potting shed
  • Specialist arboretum & pinetum
  • Floristry studios
  • Well-equipped learning resources centre
  • IT suites
  • Refectory
  • Social & informal break-out learning space