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Looking for a new home in Durham

The city of Durham enjoys an important status in County Durham. Whether you live and work in Durham, or commute to Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, the city is the right size to be a busy and exciting place. The historic cathedral and castle dominate the city, high up above the River Wear. Metropolitan Newcastle-upon-Tyne provides a taste of big city life, however, Durham has just as much going for it, just on a smaller scale. Local amenities can be found in the little streets leading up to the cathedral and castle, in the modern shopping centres on the edge of the town centre, and along the riverside. The University of Durham adds another dimension to the city and is a large local employer.

Living in Durham

Travel and transport

Durham is just off the A1(M), linking London with Newcastle upon Tyne. Its train station is also a key transport link, with London North Eastern Railway, TransPennine Express, and CrossCountry services connecting with London Kings Cross, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh, and Glasgow. Newcastle International Airport is approximately 30 minutes drive away, for domestic and international flights.

Local information

A city with a strong visitor economy is bound to be a great place to live too. You can make the most of all the attractions and the subsequent atmosphere here. Durham has great amenities, convenient transport links if you need to commute for work, and edge-of-town superstores as well as great town centre shopping. There are thriving cafes and restaurants, a renowned indoor market, an outdoor market, and excellent sporting traditions, including the annual regatta.

Local education

As host to a world-class university, education is close to the heart of this city and families have a good choice of primary and secondary schools, in both state and independent sectors. New College Durham is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ further education college – that puts it in the top 10% nationally. University life is of course a big part of this city too, adding to its sense of fun and energy, and of course to its economy.