Guide to Living in Durham

June 18, 2013Tags: Durham | Guide | moving
Guide to Living in Durham

Guide to living in Durham by Your Move

Durham is a very attractive city situated on the banks of the river Wear in County Durham, it is known largely for its Norman Cathedral and Castle, both designated a World Heritage Site in 1986. The Cathedral  was built on the most central position high above the Wear and it still dominates the skyline today. The steep riverbanks are densely wooded, adding to the beauty of the city.

Easy to Get Around

  • Durham railway station serves the Durham on the East Coast Main Line and is located on a hill to the north of the city centre. If you are travelling from or to a different destination then the National Express coach services run through the City regularly. 
  • Durham City Centre is only two miles from the A1(M), 30 minutes' drive from Newcastle Airport and about 40 minutes from Durham Tees Valley Airport.
  •  A range of bus services operated by Arriva link Durham Tees Valley Airport to the towns and villages surrounding the airport.


  • The University Of Durham, commonly known as Durham University, was founded by Act of Parliament in 1832 and granted a Royal Charter in 1837.
  • Durham University is ranked at 5 in the top UK universities
  • Durham has 16 colleges which are located within Durham University

Culture & Entertainment

  • The Gala Theatre is situated in a beautiful building on the banks of the river Wear. It is located in the heart of this historic city.  The venue holds a modern theatre and two cinema screens.
  • The Gala Theatre also holds comedy, music and dance shows seeing comedians such as Noddy Holder and Chris Ramsey.
  • Durham's university students also take to the stage with fantastic theatre events within the university.
  • Emirates, Durham is an international cricket ground which hosts not only world class sport but music event acts like Jessie J and Blue.

Lots of Shopping

  • Located in the heart of Durham City are The Gates and The Prince Bishops Shopping Centres.  As well as a huge range of retailers it has plenty of parking spaces available and great public transportation. 
  • All Park & Ride buses stop directly outside The Gates shopping centre and all main bus routes drop in the main city centre
  • Prince Bishop shopping centre has an award winning car park with space for over 400 cars.
  • There is a railway station less than ten minutes from Prince Bishops shopping centre.


  • The Durham Wildcats is a joint venture between Durham University and Durham County Council supported with the ambition of developing the strongest basketball programme in Britain.
  • Emirates Durham International Cricket Ground is home to Durham County Cricket Club.

Famous People from Durham

  • Denise Welch              
  • Tony Blair
  • Sir Bobby Robson, CBE
  • Paul Collingwood, MBE

For more information about living in and around Durham, contact ourDurham office .