New homes in Billingham

Welcome to Billingham

Located in the North East of England near the River Tees, Billingham is just a short commute from Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool, making it a popular place to live. With a thriving arts and sporting community, there’s no shortage of things to do and places to see on the doorstep of your new home in Billingham.

A quick history

Billingham dates back to Saxon times around 650 AD, with parts of St Cuthbert’s Church in the town stretching back to the 7th and 8th centuries, and the church tower to the early 11th century. The town remained small until the First World War, when a sudden demand for explosives led to the arrival of an ammonia production plant in Billingham which later became part of the chemical company, ICI. As a result, the population boomed and famous visitors to the town included the author Aldous Huxley who is said to have visited the chemical plant and used it as inspiration for his iconic novel, Brave New World.

By the mid to late 20th century, Billingham had become an important North Eastern town with good facilities including a leisure centre, theatre and a country park. Today Billingham is a thriving place, with good transport links to surrounding towns and cities.

Business and industry

Billingham’s industry centred around the chemical industry and ICI, with the production of ammonia and later plastics in the town. Although ICI is no longer located in the town, there are a number of other chemical and manufacturing companies operating in Billingham including Tracerco, GrowHow, Frutarom and Tioxide Europe. Other businesses in Billingham include Cambridge Research Biochemicals, FujiFilm Diosynth Biologic and Biochemica UK.

Things to do in the area

If you like getting sporty, Billingham Forum has an ice arena, swimming pool, gym and soft play for the little ones, while Billingham Golf Club is a great place to practice your swing. The Forum also has its own theatre. If you prefer being a spectator, the Billingham Stars ice hockey team are part of the National Ice Hockey League and play at the TFM Radio Ice Arena at Billingham Forum. Football teams Billingham Town FC and Billingham Synthonia FC are both in Division Two of the Northern League, and Billingham Rugby Union Football Club play on Greenwood Road.

Other popular attractions in or near to Billingham include Wild Animal Adventures and Teesside White Water Centre, along with the Dorman Theatre and the Institute of Modern Art in Middlesbrough. Preston Park and Museum, Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium and Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience are also popular.

Travel and commuting

Billingham is located east of the A19 and south of the A689, just a short drive from the A1(M). The town has its own train station so there are plenty of options when it comes to travel and commuting from Billingham to surrounding towns and cities. The journey to Middlesbrough takes around 15 minutes by car or 20 minutes by train, while the route to Hartlepool takes 20 minutes by car or just over 10 minutes by train. Stockton-on-Tees is just under 15 minutes away by car.

If you’re travelling further afield, London is a five hour drive away via the M1 while the train journey takes just under three hours from Middlesbrough to King’s Cross, with a change at Darlington. For international travel, Durham Tees Valley Airport is close-by.