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You might be interested in the Financial Section on this site. Banks, like Building Societies, often have a restricted range of services - and are notoriously conservative when investing your money. This usually results in very low rates of return. Our financial section covers other Financial Institutions, Mortgages, Investment Consultants, Credit & Finance Companies - and Crowd Funding!

Also see below for all the Building Societies around Your Postcode with their contact details. Just click through to go to a map, street views, reviews and a link to their own websites.


TSB Bank

33 High St, Durham DH1 3UL, UK – 0191 384 4021

Helpful/friendly staff.


12 Market Pl, Durham DH1 3NG, UK – 0345 788 8444

Had appointment to close account to be told it had to be done over the phone anyway because it was a weekend. At least they got me straight through to the right person on the phone

A new express banking system has been installed, it makes for very fast and efficient banking. Staff are extremely helpful.

Atom Bank

The Rivergreen Centre, Durham DH1 5TS, UK – 0333 399 0050

Overall a good starter experience with Atom Bank. Applied for a 1yr fixed savers account and although I had a few issues with the app at first, it worked fine the next day once the initial rush had died down. The rate was not great (as is to be expected given the state of the economy) but was still the best I could find, so full marks there. Where they do lose a star however is for their security. They insist that you set up three different types of login, two of which in my opinion are pretty insecure. The fact that these methods HAVE to be setup means that even if I don't use them myself, they are there for potential fraudsters to exploit. Very disappointing for such a new, tech based bank.

I have just opened a three year bond, no problems this bank came up with best interest rates recommended by Martin Lewis on his showed, government backed so this was the one for me.

Building Societies

Newcastle Building Society

73/75 Saddler St, Durham DH1 3NP, UK – 0191 384 3182

Really nice staff, super friendly and professional. Lovely new branch, bright and clean


9 Market Place, Durham DH1 3PN, UK – 0800 554 0814

Staff always very helpful and pleasant, nothing is ever too much bother.

The staff are good in helping out the customers!


1 North Rd, Durham DH1 4UQ, UK – 0191 333 1433

Darn tootin! for an added thrill, try and get the American cashier. Other than that this bank is standard in every way.

A small-sized Halifax with all of the amenities expected from a bank of that size. With an automated cash and cheque machine it is perfect for quick deposits.

Local Chambers of Commerce for DH1 3RJ. These can be an extraordinarily effective way of getting into the business community and / or getting things done. Equally they can be entirely useless depending on the chair. If they have networking events associated with them definitely go, and keep going, if you have a business that need local support. What you put in is exactly what you get out. Below is the national site. Watch this slot - it might improve!

We could not find any Councils around your location. Please click below to see full results from Google.

This link works well. If you have fly tipping, litter issues etc you can either click and enter your local authority or find it on an interactive map. The services just drop down for you.
Find the local council, MP and MEP for DH1. Type your postcode into relevant box and find details for your local councillor, MP and MEP. MPs can be extremely useful if you want a local issue aired or fixed. Get an appointment for a surgery meeting if you want to talk directly to your MP.

Councils have also become increasingly useful, business focused and lean. If you want something done think about contacting your local council or contacting your local representative. Click below to get the contact details of your representatives for the Durham area
Find local dentists and dental practices around Durham and DH1 3RJ with location maps and contact details. The link below takes you to a vastly improved NHS site which tells you what you need to know! This includes whether they take NHS patients and lots of other useful information. You can also find out whether they do orthodontic dentistry and other complex work.

Well worth a click.

Dental Surgeries

Elvet Dental Practice

18 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3HL, UK – 0191 384 8231

Elvet Dental Practice provides NHS dental care for both children and adults. Emergency appointments available & currently registering new patients.

Claypath Dental Practice

71 Claypath, Durham DH1 1QT, UK – 0191 386 5375

Everything was excellent from the staff, to the dentist and the treatment. Recommended.

Friendly staff dentist explained everything allayed any fears highly recommend

Framwellgate Dental Surgery

20-21 Front St, Durham DH1 5EJ, UK – 0191 386 9436

I have been to the Surgery several times, and I must be honest about the really really great job they do, (and I hate going to the dentists)..not so any more. The receptionist was absolutely brilliant, and the actual dental work was of a high professional standard with very reasonable cost(s).What more can I say, but thanks a million!

I have used this dental surgery for several years and always found the care to be excellent. The dentists and staff are friendly and conscientious.

Dunelm Medical Practice

50 Front St, Durham DH1 5BL, UK – 0191 386 6044

helpful staff, smooth proffessional and very polite from walking in to walking out

I have always had positive, helpful treatment from the receptionist nurses and doctors.

Dr J M Ibbott - Dunelm Medical Practice

Gilesgate Medical Centre, Sunderland Rd, Glue Garth, Durham DH1 2QQ, UK – 0191 386 4242

Dr S Dellar - Claypath & University Medical Group

29 Old Elvet, Durham DH1 3JU, UK – 0191 386 5081

NHS Direct is now NHS 24. Just dial 111 to speak to a professional or click the link below for there self help website. Lots of really useful info but keep clear of heart surgery! If in doubt ask your GP or call 111. Good luck.

British Gas - Breakdown & Repairs 0845 9 60 50 40

Fire - Ambulance - Police 999

Lanchester Road Hospital

Lanchester Road, Durham DH1 5RD, UK – 0191 441 5700

Very friendly and helpful Wheelchair was available exactly when expected Thanks to all involved

Nice looking modern hospital friendly staff

University Hospital of North Durham

North Rd, Durham DH1 5TW, UK – 0191 333 2333

Can not thank the nurses on ward 16 enough for their patience and understanding when mam has been on their ward for the past 4 days. I am a long way from home and her only daughter, and they were so polite and helpful in bringing mam to the phone and keeping me updated. Never made me feel I was being a bother and understood my concern. Thank you so much.

MY 86 y.o father was sent to A/E by local surgery NP via urgent ambulance. My father had moderate ( pain score 6/7) abdominal pain and vomiting for 6 hours since he woke at 08.30 and hadn't had anything to drink or eat for 16 hrs by the time he attended A/E. This was during a period of very hot weather. He has type 2 diabetes, irregular heart beat (on blood thinners) and is disabled following a fractured hip last November. He was triaged very quickly. They did his BP, temperature and pulse and took blood samples and asked a few questions, but didn't assess his pain score. Paramedics had given him 2 paracetamol but he'd vomited immediately afterwards. We then waited for 2 hrs in the waiting area. When he was eventually seen he was put in a paediatric room which was round a corner from the main part , so not in sight of the nurses "station" .Presumably this was because they were short of rooms. The Doctor saw my father and one of the first things he asked was whether he had a drip in, which he didn't. He was then quite quickly sent for an X Ray and whilst he was away a nurse came to put a drip in. He was then given some I.V paracetamol and I.V fluids to rehydrate him. The nursing and medical staff were generally friendly and efficient but as he's 86 , it could realistically have been something serious (eg intestinal obstruction or ischaemic bowel due to his irregular heart beat) and he was in considerable pain and vomiting, he should have had a drip put in, his pain score assessed ,pain relief given and an X Ray more quickly. My father waited the same length of time to be seen as other people who were much younger and not in obvious pain or distress or vomiting eg a gentleman in his 50's with a badly sprained ankle! I'd also mention that the hand sanitiser dispenser in the paediatric room my father was in was empty and , although a senior member of nursing staff tried to use it and realised it was empty, nobody refilled it during the 4-5 hours we spent in the room. The trust closed the A/E department at Bishop Auckland but failed to make adequate provision for emergency care at the other 2 hospitals eg Durham and Darlington beforehand.

Cheveley Park Medical Centre

The Links, Durham DH1 2UW, UK – 0191 386 4285

Local hospitals - community hospitals and hospitals with A&E departments for DH1 3RJ.

The new NHS website below is very well worth a look. Hospitals are not only listed but evaluated. I certainly know which ones I would go to! At the very least you will know what questions to ask if you are sent to one which has not entered its data. Good luck!
Find the local Health Trust for DH1 3RJ

Find Local Churches & Places of Worship

St. Giles Church

Church Ln, Durham DH1 1QQ, UK – 0191 384 2452

Older than Durham Cathedral itself. A real treasure with a caring congregation.

It is nice and calming and can south your stress

St Oswald’s Church

Church St, Durham DH1 3DQ, UK – 0191 383 0830

Great it's left open

Bella chiesa immersa nel verde

Emmanuel Church

The Durham Centre, Belmont Industrial Estate, Durham DH1 1TN, UK – 0191 386 1077

I was greeted very warmly on my first visit to Emmanuel Church and found it very friendly. The best way to feel part of this Church is to join a small group and get to know a few people really well. I love being a part of this Church and will certainly try to reach out to befriend others and particularly newcomers.

Don't like "reviewing" churches because we're not called to "critique" but to "commit," but definitely faithful, fruitful, friendly and a place that's very real and relevant. Especially the Chester-le-Street group.

Your local Christian churches. Click on your town/village to find churches in your area. Good and media savvy churches will give you a real feel for what sort of service to expect.
This is a brilliant site. Click to see virtually everything you are likely to need to know about the Police and crime statistics around Durham. You can often even see a photo of your local policeman!

Crimestoppers - Call 0800 555111 or 101 for non emergency

Find Recycling Centres

Durham Metals

14-15 Marshall Terrace, Durham DH1 2HX, UK – 0191 386 0622

I felt that I got a good price for what I had . good service,no waiting around quick and easy.i would recommend to anyone.

Household Waste Recycling Centre

Potterhouse Ln, Durham DH1 5RL, UK – 0300 026 1000

Helpful staff, tidy site, take almost any waste.

Well organised clear signposting of skips. Staff are helpful. Easy to recycle

MGL Group

Rennys Lane, Durham DH1 2RS, UK – 0191 383 9900

Date of Project: January to November 2008 Value: £2.2million Works included: Groundworks, Foundations, Concrete Slab, Steel Frame Building, Surfacing, Drainage Work completed safely, without accidents, on budget, on time, The construction of the new Dunes Adventure Island Leisure facility at Sea Road South Shields, was a challenging build project, as the existing Dunes Bowl and Dunes Amusements remained open to the public throughout the 48 week development. MGL Group Project Manager Don Williams coordinated the build and managed to re configure the car park to accommodate the new building and create extra parking spaces. Great communication on all levels delivered a first class job, on time and on budget.

They are great people who are really nice and they get the job done

Give and get free stuff. Here you will find lots of items that people are willing to give away, for FREE! This is instead of taking them to a local landfill site. The aim of this site is to reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill (20.9 million tonnes of it last year in the UK) and recycling is great news for the environment.
We all know that we need to recycle more - and this is a great way of doing it.
You may prefer to go through to our Eating Out page which has a complete range of places you can go from the most economical to the most lavish.  Please CLICK HERE!

You will also find Take Aways and Pubs in this section. Enjoy!

Local Restaurants & Places to Eat around Durham


47 North Bailey, Durham DH1 3ET, UK – 0191 384 6777

Large portions of great tasting food at a reasonable price. This is the second time we had visited and we were glad it was still open. It appears to have two more outlets in Durham now, which is good news. Had the 'Lebeneat' mixed grill, a personal challenge as it was huge. The wife had a baby boneless chicken, which she was very happy with. Service was great, and although we went at an unusual time (1430), it was still populated. Well done all!

Loved it. Fantastic for a lunch or evening meal. Great menu great service and great prices. I have recommended this place to others who also enjoyed there visit. Highly recommend it and if in Durham i would definately eat there again.

Restaurant 17

17 Elvet Bridge, Durham DH1 3AA, UK – 0191 384 9050

Excellent food and service. Small and no view of the surroundings but made up for by incredible desserts.

Intimate place to spend a great time. Small variety of food but delicious! Waitresses are great!


84 Claypath, Durham DH1 1RG, UK – 0191 383 9001

Great grub and great service. Excellent gluten free menu as well

Food was amazing. Staff really friendly. Plenty of vegan options including puddings!

Nursery and Preschools

Stepping Stones Nursery Ltd

The Cross Gate Centre/Alexandra Cr, Durham DH1 4HF, UK – 0191 384 3471

Lovely, friendly nursery, that nurtures the children and provides a real home from home environment. Staff are fantastic.

Yellow Wellies Day Nursery

Avenue House, North Rd, Durham DH1 4SG, UK – 0191 384 1444

Outstanding nursery. A lovely homely feel and a fabulous staff team.

Rated outstanding. By Ofsted

Bright Beginnings Nursery

New College Durham, Framwellgate Moor Campus, Framwellgate, Durham DH1 5ES, UK – 0191 375 4429

Primary and Secondary Schools

Durham Gilesgate Primary School

Kepier Cres, Durham, Gilesgate DH1 1PH, UK – 0191 384 7284

Really good School highly recommended

durham gilsgate primary school i go to this school and i love it

Saint Margaret's Church of England Primary School

7 Beechcrest, Durham DH1 4QF, UK – 0191 384 7331

I was a student at this school and its a very nice place with a welcoming atmosphere and I loved my time there. All the staff are friendly and supportive and its just a lovely place!

Very good school and all the staff are really friendly.

Finchale Primary School

Newton Hall, Canterbury Rd, Durham DH1 5XT, UK – 0191 386 5187

I do stuff there and it is brill

Public & Preparatory Schools

Durham School

Quarryheads Ln, Durham DH1 4SZ, UK – 0191 731 9270

It’s a great school best u12 cricket ever they have brilliant bowlers

The year11 and 9 in school house are definitely not dodgey

Durham High School for Girls

Farewell Hall, South Rd, Durham DH1 3TB, UK – 0191 384 3226

My daughter has attended this school for 5 years and I have been very impressed by the level of care shown to all girls in the school. The staff will go over and above the average to help girls in need either with school work or over personal issues. There is a warmth and security in the school environment in which girls thrive and can develop their own personalities without fear of ridicule. Many opportunities are open to the girls including foreign trips, Duke of Edinburgh, Charitable work, sport, cooking, debating etc. There exists a range of bursaries so girls from all different economic backgrounds can attend. I rate this school very highly.

The Chorister School

The College, Durham, DH1 3EL, Durham DH1 3EL, UK – 0191 384 2935

It was the best thing I have done in my life

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