City life on a small scale makes Durham the perfect family-friendly place to call home
Cathedral View is within walking distance of the historic centre of Durham. This is a great place to be for family life, with the city’s amenities and attractions, sports and leisure facilities, and great shopping all within easy reach of each other. With Durham Cathedral and Durham Castle on the skyline, the River Wear winding around the city and a great atmosphere, you’ll quickly feel at home.
Durham has the contrast of the old cathedral quarter which has cobbled streets and independent shops and cafés with the new shopping malls and high street brands. There’s a mainline train station and the great city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne is just a short journey away. As Durham is quite a compact city, it’s easy to be out and about in the countryside of the Durham Dales in a matter of minutes. Beyond them, the dramatic scenery of the North Pennines is just waiting to be explored.
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Durham is the perfect location for commuters, with the mainline railway station and bus station within walking distance of Cathedral View. It only takes 12 minutes to reach Newcastle-upon-Tyne by train, and 45 minutes to reach York. The city also has excellent road links to the A1(M) and A19 putting Sunderland, Gateshead, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough within easy reach.
Durham City is host to many leisure activities and sports, including those at the Freeman's Quay Leisure Centre, just a mile from Cathedral View. Here you can enjoy the gym, exercise classes, courts, pitches and two swimming pools. Rowing is big on the River Wear with an amateur rowing club enjoying the waters alongside the university club. The annual regatta is a highlight in the summer. Also within walking distance of the development is the Gala Theatre which offers a variety of comedy, dance, music and theatre productions as well as a two-screen cinema.
Durham City has a choice of schooling for all ages, including the nearby St Oswald's CofE Aided Primary and Nursery School and Durham Johnson Comprehensive, both within 3 miles of the development and rated 'Outstanding' by Ofsted. There are several colleges offering further education, and Durham University is right on your doorstep for higher education courses.
The local area enjoys green spaces, parks and the local countryside is great for spending outdoor time with the family and the dog. Wharton Park makes a fun day out, with a new Heritage Centre, cafe, play areas and miniature car track, and Crook Hall is a Grade I listed Medieval hall with stunning gardens, a maze and activities for children; both are within easy reach of the development. You can also walk along the River Wear, amble through Aykley Wood Nature Reserve, picnic in Broompark or visit the Durham Heritage Coast, approximately half an hour's drive away.
Durham city has all the local shops you will need and there's a range of supermarkets around the city for your weekly shop, including a Tesco Extra superstore. The Prince Bishops Shopping Centre and The Riverwalk offer a wide choice of high street stores and the old heart of the city offers independent shops and lovely cafes and restaurants. The indoor market and its outdoor counterpart are a colourful addition to the city centre.