About this project
I researched and wrote copy for several UK area guides aimed at potential home-buyers. This is an example.
New Home in Durham
Make the Move
An attractive city noted for its impressive Norman cathedral and world-class university, Durham is a place with plenty to recommend it. The area has one of the lowest crime rates in the UK, good transport links to the north east’s major centres and lies within an easy drive of the coast and the scenic countryside of North Yorkshire and Northumberland.
The city of Durham is around 30 minutes’ drive from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead and Sunderland to the north, and Darlington to the south. The nearby A1(M) provides the area’s major road link, connecting the city to Newcastle.York, Leeds, Carlisle and the Scottish Borders are all just over 90 minutes’ drive away.
Durham’s railway station is less than 10 minutes’ walk from the city centre. You can reach Newcastle and Darlington directly in 15-20 minutes, Leeds in 75-80 minutes, and York in around 45-50 minutes. Durham’s nearest airport is Newcastle, a 30-40 minute drive away, which offers direct links to many European destinations as well as some further afield.
By the River Wear, the city centre lies in the shadow of Durham Castle. It remains a picturesque place with a relaxed atmosphere, well-preserved historic buildings and excellent amenities. Many well-known chain stores can be found at The Gates or Prince Bishop’s Shopping Centres, and an out-of-town retail park, including a large Sainsbury’s and Marks and Spencer, lies around 2 miles north of the centre. The huge Metro Centre at Gateshead is also easily accessible via the A1(M) in less than half an hour.
While you will find plenty of familiar stores lining the pretty streets around the Market Place, the town hasn’t become overrun by big names, and a good number of independent shops, restaurants and cafés ensure Durham retains the character which makes it one of the north east’s most desirable places to live and work.
Pre-dated only by Oxford and Cambridge, Durham University’s reputation as one of the UK’s finest seats of learning has seen many well-known and respected names pass through its doors. Durham students enjoy the best quality of life of any in the UK, according to a 2013 survey of 91 universities, which considered factors including employment prospects, social life, safety and sports facilities.
The University Hospital of North Durham, around 5 minutes’ drive from the centre, includes accident and emergency and a wide range of specialist departments. Other local facilities include the city centre’s Clayport Library and the Gala Theatre and Cinema, which lie within a 1-minute walk of each other, close to the Market Place.
Out of town
Our new homes in Durham also enjoy easy access to the coast, with the harbour town of Seaham around 30 minutes’ drive away. This is a pleasant destination for a weekend of bracing walks, and has many restaurants and bars which enjoy views out to the North Sea. A similar distance away, Hartlepool’s marina and historic quayside are also popular coastal attractions.