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The Houghall Plant Centre, Durham

Unfortunately the Plant Centre is now only being ran as a curriculum teaching resource, and is NOT open to the public at the moment. However, the Secret Garden Coffee Shop is still open to the public as normal.

The Secret Garden Coffee Shop

Looking for somewhere to enjoy a hot drink and bite to eat in Durham? Then why not head down to The Secret Garden Coffee Shop, based in The Houghall Plant Centre.

The Secret Garden Coffee Shop LogoLovingly run by Tracy Toulmin, The Secret Garden Coffee Shop offers a very warm welcome for you to relax and unwind. It's the perfect place to meet friends or chill out after having a look around our plant centre. The coffee shop welcomes everyone, whether you’re shopping at the plant centre or not.

The coffee shop has a fantastic reputation for excellent homemade food of outstanding quality and value. We serve a wide selection of mouth-watering hot and cold food, drinks and freshly prepared snacks. Delicious, freshly-made cakes and scones are served daily.

There is an outside decking area, with seating and umbrellas, which is perfect for an al fresco bite to eat on a sunny day.

The Secret Gargen Coffee Shop collageJoin The Secret Garden Coffee Shop on Facebook to find out what's on the menu and the latest news and offers.


The Houghall Plant Centre and Coffee Shop is located next to the banks of the beautiful River Wear. It's a great spot for walkers and the Houghall Discovery Trail.

Shincliffe Walks - Walk 1: Old World Charm, Woods and a Racecourse

Shincliffe Walks - Walk 2: The Waggonway Walk

Shincliffe Walks - Walk 3: Schools, Collieries and Lepers

Shincliffe Walks - Walk 4: Railway, Watermill and Woodland

Shincliffe Walks - Walk 5: Walking the Bounds

A circular walk from the centre of Durham to Shincliffe


Situated just less than half a mile out of the City of Durham, the Houghall Plant Centre is located in the grounds of East Durham College's Houghall Campus, but should be accessed from Farm Road, DH1 3PJ.

Please take the next right turn passed the main college entrance if you are driving out of Durham towards Shincliffe. The car park is located at Amaani (at The Pump House). Click here for a Google map.

For more details, please call the Houghall Plant Centre on 07968 911 471 or the Houghall Campus reception on 0191 375 4710.

Houghall Plant Centre
Farm Road
Co. Durham