About County Durham
Located in North East England, Durham is a large rural county. Stretching from the North Pennines in the west to the East Durham Coast, the county sits between the urban conurbations of Tyneside and Wearside and Tees Valley.
Home to 518,000 people, we have 12 main towns and over 300 smaller towns and villages, spread over an administrative area of 232,260 hectares or 862 square miles.
In the past, the county’s economy was dominated by heavy industry, most notably coal, steel and heavy engineering. However, in recent years, Durham has developed a much more diverse economy with growth in retail, services and modern and advanced manufacturing, including the new Hitachi train manufacturing plant which is creating 700 new jobs with thousands more in the supply chain.
Tourism is one of our fastest growing sectors and one with considerable growth potential.
Durham City, with its UNESCO World Heritage Site is our main town. Built around Durham Cathedral - the ‘nation’s favourite building’ - the city is home to Durham University, one of the top universities in the world and is recognised as a sub-regional capital with significant growth potential.
Durham is an inspiring place, where light connects our county on so many levels – from science, art and technology to business, tourism and the beauty of our breathtaking landscapes.