Medieval Ulnaby

Farm | Shop | Cafe
Christmas Opening Hours

About Us

We are a working farm situated approximately 4 miles from Darlington on the road to Staindrop.  We farm Belted Galloway Cattle using traditional farming methods.

Our opening times and all the details which will help you to plan your visit are here.

Medieval Ulnaby

Our farm lies upon the site of medieval Ulnaby, a scheduled monument.  There was an archaeological evaluation and assessment carried out, the finding of which were published by the Time Team in 2008.

Read more about Medieval Ulnaby here.

As a scheduled monument we are not allowed to use pesticides and many fertilizers meaning the cattle on our farm live longer and mature slower.


Ulnaby Farm Shop

Visit well stocked farm shop selling a wide range of ethically grown and reared meat and products, including our own farm reared Belted Galloway Beef.  Reasonably priced and, as we are often told, utterly delicious!

Ulnaby Gift Shop

We stock a diverse coleection of beautiful gifts, greeting cards, wrap and gorgeous kitchen items.  Situated in our bustling cafe, our gifts are perfect for that birthday present…or simply to treat yourself!

Ulnaby Cafe

We have a cafe from which our small team  serves delicious, freshly cooked food which is produced using home reared and home baked ingredients.

Enjoy the views across medieval Ulnaby Farm from our pretty cafe.  Browse our range of gifts and cards for something special.

Our Famous Belted Galloway Cattle










Medieval Ulnaby

In 2008 an archaelogical evaluation was undertaken by Channel 4’s ‘Time Team’ at the site of Ulnaby Hall.

Their findings revealed that Ulnaby appears to have been occupied from the late 13th or early 14th century and was a two-rowed plan either side of a hollow-way and green.  The evidence suggested an adjacent manorial enclosure.

The Time Team episode is available on YouTube and can be watched by clicking on the link here. Please note this is an external link to the YouTube video and it will open in a new tab. 

An artists impression of what medieval Ulnaby looked like.  Today you can visit our cafe and shop.

Take a moment to enjoy the views from our cafe across the site of deserted Ulnaby whilst treating yourself to a cake, bake or light meal.

Browse our range of gifts and cards specially chosen for our visitors.



“We look forward to welcoming you!”

Sample Menu

Our menu changes daily as we use food that is currently in season and grown either on our farm or locally in our farmhouse kitchen.

Room for Pudding?

If you like your puddings as much as we do...make sure and leave some room as we are specialists in cakes, cookies, desserts and all things deliciously sweet and decadent.

Pudding heaven...

Christmas Opening Hours

Mon 23rd December Shop and Cafe for Teas and Coffee only, 9.30am-4pm

Tues 24th Dec 9.30am-12 noon

Wed 25th Dec closed

Thurs 26 Dec closed

Fri 27 Dec closed

Sat 28 Dec 10-5

Sun 29 Dec 11-4

Mon 30 Dec closed

Tues 31 Dec 10-5

Wed 1 Jan closed

back to normal opening hours but please remember we are closed Sundays in Jan & Feb

We wish you all a very happy Christmas and happy New Year.

Plan Your Visit

Cafe Opening Hours |

Tues-Sat 10am to 4.15pm with last orders for hot food at 4pm.

(summer)| Sunday 11am to 4.15pm with last orders for hot food at 4pm.

(winter)| Sunday 11am to 3.15pm with last orders for hot food at 3pm.

Shop Opening Hours |

Tues-Sat 10am  to 5pm .

(summer) Sunday 11am to 5pm

(winter) Sunday 11am to 4pm

Please note we are closed Mondays except Bank Holidays.

We are closed Sundays throughout January & February. 

Children's Play Area

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the play area with the younger members of their party..  The play area has been designed for children under the age of 12 and children using the play equipment must be accompanied by an adult. 

Meet the Residents!

Visitors are welcome to get close to some of our much loved residents. We have a Pony, a Donkey, Llama, Goats and at Easter we have Lambs, all of which can be observed at close quarters on our farm.  We ask that visitors observe sensible precautions and supervise children whilst they are enjoying their encounter with our animals.  Please do wash your hands after stroking them!


Dogs are welcome in the outside seating area but we do ask that they are not taken into the children's play area nor into the cafe or inside shop.  Please keep dogs on a lead at all times, this is a working farm.

We thank our customers for respecting these rules.

Parking & Access

We have ample car parking spaces including an overflow car park. Access is across a gravelled area with a ramp into the cafe. Access to the shop is via a staircase from the cafe or the shop can be accessed from the front of the building where there are no steps. 

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Some of our Trip Advisor Reviews

"Well worth a visit. Lovely farm shop with excellent meats etc and not badly priced, small gift shop upstairs with good selection of cards mugs and things. Cafe gets very busy but a lovely place for lunch or a cuppa. Everything is homemade and the scones are delicious. Play area outside for the children and some animals goats, pony and llama to pet."

"Called on 11/4/19 for coffee and scone. Beautiful cranberry and almond scone crispy on outside and lovely and soft inside. Pleasant staff and nice surroundings.."

"Called in for a coffee after being recommended by a friend. Whilst I was there picked up some of the frozen meat (lamb, steaks and mince) and will definitely be going back again. Nicest meat around."