Durham County Council - Living in the area

Durham is a stunning county steeped in history; we have everything covered including places to visit, things to see, places to eat and space to relax.

We have some outstanding visitor attractions including Durham University’s Botanical Garden, Finchale Priory, Beamish Museum and Locomotion. If you enjoy a walk, you can join the Northern Saints Trails, the routes take you to the heart of nature where you’ll discover some of Durham’s amazing landscapes whilst immersed in the intricate histories of the regions Saints. Additional information on many more of our fantastic attractions can be found at www.thisisdurham.com.

We are proud to say that the outstanding teaching and exceptional facilities at Durham University secured its classification of 82nd in the QS World University ranking 2022, it has over 330 undergraduate and postgraduate courses delivered over 17 sites.

Durham has made the longlist as part of our aim to be named the UK City of Culture 2025, with so much already on offer and so much more planned, Durham is in a strong position. Further information can be found at https://durham2025.co.uk

One of our newest additions to the county will be the development of a new history centre which is set to open its doors in 2023. The centre will provide space to showcase the diverse history of County Durham in one place. It will bring together the Durham County Record Office and Archive, Local Studies, Durham Light Infantry, Historic Registration Records and the Historic Environment Record at Mount Oswald. Follow the link to find out more www.durham.gov.uk/historycentre

While celebrating the past, the county also looks to the future. The NetPark science and technology park is breaking new ground as its fast-growing hi-tech companies lead the way in plastic electronics, photonics and nanotechnology.

Durham has amazing transport links, including quick access the A1, Durham Tees Valley and Newcastle International airports are both nearby and an effective rail network which includes the East Coast Main Line which will have you in London within three hours or Edinburgh within two.
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Durham County Council
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