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Living And Working In Durham

The historic city of Durham is in the north east of England. The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport which is a little under twenty miles away. Durham is approximately two hundred and fifty miles from London and there are regular and direct trains from Durham train station to the capital.
Written by
Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
February 13, 2024

The historic city of Durham is in the north east of England. The nearest airport is Newcastle International Airport which is a little under twenty miles away. Durham is approximately two hundred and fifty miles from London and there are regular and direct trains from Durham train station to the capital.

The history of Durham is fascinating and dates back many centuries. In the tenth century, The Bishop of Lindisfarne decided to build a cathedral here which is now one of the most famous landmarks in the country. Durham Castle, another magnificent building and now used by the university, was built in the eleventh century and was the residence for the Bishop of Durham. Both buildings are UNESCO world heritage sites.

The Industrial Revolution caused the county of Durham and the city itself to experience huge growth, especially from coal mining, which despite bringing wealth and prosperity to the region, also brought harsh and often dangerous working conditions. Coal mining was a major employer and many families relied upon employment within the mines. The very many ‘pit villages’ are still close knit communities to this day and the annual Durham Miners Gala celebrates the important mining heritage.  

In addition to coal mining, other industries of significance included manufacturing, construction, textiles and brewing. The Durham and Sunderland Canal, which opened in the latter part of the eighteenth century, provided a reliable means of shipping coal and other goods to Sunderland where it could then be shipped off elsewhere, until the railways took over. One of the most important railway lines in the region was the Darlington and Stockton railway line, opened in 1825, which ran through Durham City. Shortly after, the Durham to Sunderland line became operational. All of this helped shape the north east into a major centre for industry.

Today, Durham is a thriving and diverse economy with an interesting range of industries and sectors which include education and research ~ (Durham University is one of the most popular and highly ranked universities in the UK), life sciences and healthcare, advanced manufacturing, digital and fintech, energy and environment and hospitality and tourism. It is a lucrative location for both businesses and investors which brings ample opportunities for growth and innovation. Durham boasts the expertise, the facilities and the people, making it a perfect choice for many sectors which fuel the growth of the economy and the city has earned international respect.

The River Wear, which begins in the Pennines and ends in Sunderland where it flows into the North Sea, runs through the city centre and is a hugely important feature of Durham's landscape and cultural heritage. If you decide to explore one of the several alleyways, perhaps down some of the ancient stone steps, you will arrive at the river where you can stroll along the banks and admire its timeless beauty.

There is always something fascinating happening in Durham and you will be spoilt for choice with the selection and diversity of it all. From atmospheric candlelit concerts held in the cathedral, to guided tours around the winding streets and alleyways to brass bands and boating regattas ~ it's all here.

Durham is a hilly city with many green spaces and parks. Within the last few years, it was named by National Geographic as one of the eight most beautiful cities in Britain. In addition to shopping centres and the traditional high street stores, there are many interesting independent shops and of course, pubs, cafes and restaurants catering for all tastes. You will also find both an indoor and an outdoor market

Durham is in an ideal location for access to the nearby unique coastlines, (the nearest is Seaham)  and the peaceful and picturesque North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with its stunning moors, hills and valleys.

Durham certainly is the city to be if you crave a high quality of life with fantastic opportunities for both professional and personal growth and stunning views to greet you each time you step outside.

The next event being hosted by the UK Careers Fair will be held on February 21st 2024 between 10am - 2pm. The venue is Durham Town Hall which is situated in the heart of the city in Market Place. The atmospheric Town Hall has played an important role in the city since 1350 and following recent refurbishment, it is now open to the public where you can learn about Durham’s rich history and to view the interesting displays.

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