A visit to Seaham Hall is a walk in the past, and what a past.

Built in 1791, these walls could tell tall tales to rival the most farfetched soap opera. Lord Byron married Annabella Milbanke here in 1815, it served as a war time hospital through both World Wars. Abandoned and left to ruin, it became a secret bottling and distribution centre of Scottish whisky in the prohibition years.

But this remarkable stately home is no museum. Far from it. It’s positively full of life. A destination known locally as one of the greats, it effortlessly mixes timeless elegance with contemporary ideals of luxury – seamlessly. Walk through the grand Georgian pillars and imposing doors and you know you’re somewhere special.

37 acres of meticulously landscaped garden and spa, views of the crashing North Sea and an individual, opulent interior. Flamboyant often, welcoming always. Lord Byron would absolutely approve.

View Seaham Hall’s entry in the Good Hotel Guide

View Seaham Hall’s entry in the Good Spa Guide

Re-opening in February, subject to government approval

Need to Know


Check-in at 3:00pm.


Check-out at 12:00 noon.


The Dining Room

With the rugged North Sea facing us and glorious countryside all about us, we’ve the finest ingredients right on our doorstep. It’s why our seasonal menu is drawn from the region we love. Varied, tasty and a little quirky, just like the people. Relaxed and friendly dining with a difference.


The Ozone

Designed in a contemporary yet comfortable style, the Ozone has a relaxed and informal atmosphere making it a wonderful place at which to enjoy a delicious lunch or dinner.

Restaurant Opening Times

The Dining Room  – Opening Times

Sunday – Thursday 6.30pm – 9pm

Friday – Saturday 6.30pm – 9.30pm


Ozone Restaurant – open daily 8am – 10pm

The Spa

As a guest you are invited to luxuriate at the tranquil 44,000 sq.ft. Serenity Spa, the perfect environment to relax and escape the complications of the modern world.

A wide range of treatments and therapies are available, and the spa facilities are available to hotel guests at no charge from 12.00am on check-in day until 12 noon on check-out day. All Spa treatments and therapies are available at extra cost.

The spa includes:

  • 20-metre pool with massage stations
  • Sanarium with crystal light therapy
  • Sauna with quartz crystal
  • Snail showers
  • Hydrotherapy pool
  • Ice fountain
  • Plunge pools
  • Hammam with snail showers and Jacuzzi
  • Black granite steam room with Amethyst crystal
  • Outdoor hot tubs
  • Fitness suite
  • Spacious aerobic studio
  • Roof garden

Just as you may breathe a little easier after a walk on the beach by “breathing in the sea air” a Salt Sauna works in a similar way however as dry salt air is more powerful than moist air you will see the benefits more by using a salt sauna. Seaham Hall offers the best of both worlds being situated on the stunning Durham Heritage Coast.

The benefits of salt therapy are wide-ranging. Salt levels affect our cell activity, energy and blood sugar levels, a natural disinfectant and antibacterial.

Salt air is said to improve our health and mood and could possibly reduce headaches and aid better sleep patterns. Inhaling particles may reduce inflammation and mucus in the lungs, improving respiratory conditions such as asthma, allergies, and bronchitis and sinus congestion allowing relief to breathe easier.

Skin conditions such as eczema and acne can also be improved by using pure mineral salts in the sauna they have natural moisturising properties and support the skin’s water balance and barrier function by attracting moisture to the skin. Minerals are necessary for cell function and detoxification, so mineral salts have strong rejuvenating properties.

It is the ideal facility to enjoy while visiting on a spa day, it will leave you feeling refreshed, energised and glowing.


The Surroundings

Take a walk in picturesque grounds, meander along to the beach, practice your putting on the putting green situated in the grounds of Seaham Hall or for the more adventurous, explore the charming surroundings on mountain bikes provided for your use on a complimentary basis. For those wanting to explore the history and heritage, take a trip to Hadrian’s Wall, Holy Island or Durham Cathedral which are all within easy reach.

Exclusive Use

Max Capacity: 120
Cost per night: £18,500
Min cost per person: n/a
Maximum capacity for overnight stay guests is 44 adults + 5 children up to 12 years sharing 22 suites.

Maximum capacity for private dining is 120 guests. Cost per night is £16,000 inclusive of VAT and includes full use of the main house including Byrons Bar. All 22 suites are included along with and a three course dinner for up to 40 people including a champagne reception and half bottle of wine per person. A minimum 2 night stay is applicable on Friday’s and Saturday’s.


From £225 per room per night

What the Experts Say

“Not surprisingly, it’s tempting to remain cocooned in Seaham Hall’s dreamy bubble for the duration of your stay but on the hotel’s doorstep is Durham Heritage Coast.”

The Times



Seaham Hall

Lord Byron's Walk, Seaham, Durham, SR7 7AG.

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Managing Director

Ross Grieve



By Road

Seaham Hall is 5 miles from Sunderland, 14 miles from Durham and just 18 miles from Newcastle.

From The South (A1) take the exit at Junction 62 for the A690 signposted Sunderland. Travel North through Houghton Le Spring until the roundabout signposted A19. Take the exit for the A19 (Teesside) southbound. Come off the A19 at the first exit marked B1404 Seaham. At the traffic lights go straight ahead onto Lord Byron's Walk. Follow the road for half a mile and go over a level crossing, and then turn right into Seaham Hall Hotel (signposted).

From The North (A19) come off the A19 at the B1404 Seaham junction (signposted). At the junction turn left into Seaham. At the traffic lights go straight ahead onto Lord Byron's walk. Follow the road for half a mile and go over a level crossing, and then turn right into Seaham Hall Hotel (signposted).

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Attractions Near Seaham Hall

Castles and Coasts in the North East

Experience the sights, stories and atmosphere of over 2000 years of exhilarating history on Northumbria’s coastline, home to some of the most spectacular castles in Britain. Castles include Lindisfarne, Alnwick and Bamburgh. You can also explore the fishing town of Seahouses, a bustling seaside town where you can enjoy a traditional English pub lunch at the Olde Ship Inn.

Newscastle and Gateshead

Packed with attractions to see and do this vibrant city is one of Europes most exciting places to visit, including some of the most visible symbols of North east pride. You can visit the Angel of the North, Sage Gateshead and Baltic Arts Centre, Millennium Bridge and the 19th century Grainger town.


Teesdale encompasses some of the most breathtaking scenery ranging from beautiful market towns and lush valleys to possibly the least populated region of high moorland in England. You can visit High Force, Middleton in Teesdale, the Bowes musem and Raby Castle.


Durham was a great medieval city, growing in size and power as wealthy Merchants and Clergy took up residence. The city became the seat of the powerful prince Bishops, who ruled the area for centuries. Explore the spectacular buildings and surrounding country homes that Durham has to offer, including Washington Old Hall, Durham Cathedral and Castle, Prince Bishops River Cruise and Crook Hall Gardens.

Hadrian’s Wall Country

Hadrian’s Wall is the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain between AD122 and AD128. The wall, an incredible feat of engineering, runs from coast to coast, a distance of 73 miles and traverses some of the most beautiful scenery Northumberland has to offer.

Distances of attractions further afield

  • Newcastle – 30 minutes
  • Durham – 25 minutes
  • High Force Waterfalls – 1 hour 20
  • Lindisfarne, Bambrough, Seahouses – Approx. 1 hour 35
  • Kielder – Approx. 1 hour 45
  • Lake District – Approx. 2 hours
  • York – 1.30 hours
  • Leeds – 1.30 hours
  • Edinburgh – 2.40 hours

Weddings at Seaham Hall

Seaham Hall is a perfect location for a deeply romantic and truly unforgettable wedding day. The hotel and grounds are genuinely spectacular and the location delightful. We offer a range of elegant private rooms which are ideal for your ceremony, wedding breakfast and celebrations. A dedicated wedding co-ordinator and events team are on hand to ensure your day is perfect and you and your guests celebrate this very special occasion in memorable style.

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Need to know

Facilities & Features

Civil ceremonies can be conducted in one of two locations –  the glorious enclosed Courtyard or the opulent Ballroom, the latter accommodating up to 120 guests for your ceremony and wedding breakfast.

Menu Options

Menus are designed on a bespoke basis.


Packages are quoted on a bespoke basis depending upon your requirements.

Civil Ceremonies

Seaham Hall is licensed for civil ceremonies.

Planning Services

Planning services are available.

Meetings at Seaham Hall

Day delegate rate: from £35
24-hour delegate rate: (including overnight accommodation and dining) from £195

Max number of delegates:
40 (boardroom style)
120 (theatre style)