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Dominated by historic university buildings, cobbled streets and an impressive cathedral, Durham looks like a picture-postcard English city. But, there’s much more to it than just its quaint looks. With a friendly, welcoming atmosphere, plenty of cultural activities, good schools and industries and easy access to Newcastle and further afield, it’s no surprise that more and more people are choosing to call Durham home.

Buying a house in Durham

A compact, walkable city with good transport links to outlying villages, towns and cities. It’s surrounded by beautiful green spaces and is just a short journey to the vibrant city of Newcastle upon Tyne. Persimmon offers a range of new build homes near the city centre and in the surrounding suburbs and villages, so you can choose the location that fits your lifestyle.

So, if you’re a first-time buyer who wants to be close to the action or start a family in peace and tranquillity within easy reach of Durham’s facilities, Persimmon has the home for you.

Living in Durham

Living here

Somewhere with a strong visitor economy is bound to be a great place to live too. You can make the most of all the attractions without having to travel and you’ve got your own place to stay! Durham has great amenities, convenient transport links if you need to commute for work and edge of town superstores as well as great town centre shopping.

Getting around

Durham is just off the A1(M), that determined motorway linking London with Newcastle upon Tyne. Its train station is also a key transport link, with London North Eastern Railway, TransPennine Express and CrossCountry services connecting with London King’s Cross, Newcastle, Birmingham, Liverpool, Bristol, Edinburgh and Glasgow. Newcastle International Airport is approximately 30 minutes drive away, for domestic and international flights.

Going to School

Being home to a world-class university, education is close to the heart of this city and families have a good choice of primary and secondary schools, in both state and independent sectors. New College Durham is an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ further education college – that puts it in the top 10% nationally. University life is of course a big part of this city too, adding to its sense of fun and energy, and of course to its economy.

Enjoying yourself

Retail therapy, history, culture, sport – Durham has all these on hand. There’s a wonderful indoor market as well as an outdoor market in the square, and you can’t live in Durham without going to Bells Restaurant for the best fish & chips you’ve ever tried. The old town has winding cobbled streets with quirky shops and cafes and there's a modern shopping mall too. Out of town, the Durham Dales are stunning. Miles of open countryside, pretty villages with traditional stone cottages and scenery to blow the cobwebs away.