Why move to . . . Durham

PUBLISHED: 15:46 13 April 2011 | UPDATED: 19:11 20 February 2013

Why move to . . . Durham

Why move to . . . Durham

Some places have the ability to transport you to an idyllic plain simply by the mention of their name. Durham is one such location - a city of learning, worship, beauty and quality living.

Some places have the ability to transport you to an idyllic plain simply by the mention of their name. Durham is one such location - a city of learning, worship, beauty and quality living.


The strategic high peninsula within a loop of the River Wear was settled in 995 by a group of monks from Lindisfarne carrying the remains of St Cuthbert.


Today the city is renowned as a seat of learning and centre for local
government, as well as an internationally important tourist destination and a very fine place to shop.

In addition to its celebrated university - one that ranks with Oxford and Cambridge - there are fine schools in Durham and excellent cultural facilities.

For those looking to live in Durham, the ancient city centre offers accommodation ranging from beautiful, large town houses to quaint terraced cottages, almost all with the sought-after 'undoubted charm and character'. Newer housing is available within walking distance of the centre and there are substantial areas of housing just a mile or two of the away on the outskirts, with plans to increase housing significantly in the years ahead. Being a university town, there are also good opportunities for house buyers looking for buy-to-let property.

Durham at a glance

The annual Durham Miners' Gala, or 'Big Meeting' draws tens of thousands of visitors each July as colliery banners are marched to the sound of brass bands and speeches delivered by trade union leaders and politicians. This year the gala takes place on July 9.


The city was the first place in the UK to introduce a congestion charge - its winding central streets are largely free from traffic now.


Durham is blessed with museums devoted to archaeology, the Durham Light Infantry, Oriental art and antiquities and miners' heritage.


There are almost 600 listed buildings in the Durham city centre alone, 22 of them Grade I or II* listed.


Durham Indoor Market is home to about 50 independent traders selling practically every commodity anyone could need.


The winding River Wear provides rewarding riverside walks - as well as boating opportunities, from the wooded slopes of the peninsula to the area beside the old racecourse. The river is a favourite training ground for rowing crews and Durham Regatta, which takes place on June 11 and 12 this year, is one of the highlights of the summer season in the city.


The Walkergate and Millennium Place developments, which include the Gala Theatre and Cinema, offer a focal point for food, drink and culture.
The Bishops of Durham wielded such powers of justice, law-making and enforcement, and tax collection that virtually every Bishop between 1071 and 1836 has come to be referred to as a 'Prince Bishop'.


Durham Cathedral and Castle are designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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