Durham Cathedral North East


A world famous cathedral, castles, wild dales and a rugged coastline combine to make this county an exceptional choice for retirement living

From the quaint streets and ancient architecture of the City of Durham to the historic quay of Hartlepool and Bowes Museum at Barnard Castle, this county has so much to offer. Around a third is covered by the wild Durham Dales, perfect for cycles and rambles and exploring the pretty, rural, market towns and villages, while the dramatic Durham Coast offers exhilarating walks as well as traditional seaside treats and superb sandy beaches. 

Retire to County Durham

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County Durham is generally a warm and welcoming place with plenty of opportunities to get stuck into community life. Durham Community Association at Shakespeare Hall, Durham, for example, offers everything from ballroom dancing to quilting to Tai Chi. 

With such beautiful countryside, it’s not surprising that golf is a popular pursuit, the annual County Durham Golf Trail offers access to four golf courses, South Moor, Beamish, Brancepeth and Blackwell Grange and women can join the popular Durham County Ladies' Golf Association.

Sports fans will enjoy watching Durham County Cricket Club – the prestigious club was founded in 1882, and festival fans are also spoilt for events throughout the year, like Lumiere Durham, ‘the UK’s leading light show’, Durham Book Festival and the annual Bishop Auckland Food Festival.

Did you know? 83% of McCarthy Stone homeowners experience a sense of community in their new retirement home.


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