New Homes in County Durham
Welcome to County Durham
Encompassing the city of Durham, a large section of the North Pennines and the heritage coast, County Durham is a large and diverse area in the North East of England, with everything from vibrant shopping to museums, walking routes and beaches. If you want to live in a picturesque region within easy reach of Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, a new home in County Durham could be the right choice for you.
A quick history
In the Middle Ages, County Durham was known as a religious area thanks to the importance of Durham Cathedral, with the Bishop appointed to govern the region. Over the centuries County Durham, agriculture, mining and railways have been successful industries in the area, with the final mine at Wearmouth closed in 1994.
Today County Durham is a thriving tourist destination, with visitors coming to see the historic sights of Durham as well as the beautiful landscapes of the heritage coast and the North Pennines.
Business and industry
Although industry in County Durham has historically centred around mining and agriculture, today there are a diverse range of employers in the area including Hargreaves Services, Northumbrian Water Group, The Banks Group, Durham University and Durham County Council. Other employers nearby include Nissan and Arriva in Sunderland, and Virgin Money, The Go-Ahead Group and the Greggs headquarters in Newcastle.
Things to do in the area
From country walks to historic sites, there’s lots to see and do close to your new home in County Durham. There are a number of castles in the region including Barnard Castle, Durham Castle and Raby Castle, while other popular historic attractions include Castle Eden, Durham Cathedral and the open-air Beamish Museum.
If you enjoy exploring the great outdoors, you can take in the views along the Durham coastal path, go rambling through the Durham Dales or go adventuring through Hamsterley Forest. Kids will enjoy visiting Tanfield Railway, while the grown-ups can practice their swing at Brancepeth Castle Golf Club and Durham City Golf Club.
For a spot of retail therapy, Durham is home to Prince Bishops Shopping Centre, The Riverwalk and Dalton Park Outlet, with shops ranging from high street brands to designer labels and independent boutiques.
Other places of interest in County Durham include Binchester Roman Fort Museum,
Durham Light Infantry Museum, Hardwick Hall Country Park and Sedgefield Racecourse.
Travel and commuting
County Durham has good transport links by road and rail, with the A1(M) stretching north and south through the region. From Durham, the journey to Newcastle takes 15 minutes by train or just 30 minutes by car, while the journey to Middlesbrough takes around 40 minutes by car.
If you’re going to London, there’s a direct train from Durham station to King’s Cross with a journey time of just two hours 45 minutes. When it’s holiday time, Durham Tees Valley Airport has flights to destinations across the world.