Shopping and eating out
Durham and Stockton are both well-served by local shops and out-of-town supermarkets, so all your daily essentials are within easy reach. There are two out-of-town retail parks in Durham and one in Stockton: the Arnison Centre (DH1 5GB), Dragonville (DH1 2WP) and Teeside Shopping Park (TS17 7BT). All three are served by local bus routes.
Along with many of the well-known chain stores, Durham City Centre offers a number of hidden gems in the form of unique independent retailers, such as clothing boutiques and craft shops.
Durham’s historic indoor market was named Best Private Market in the UK in 2011, and has stalls selling everything from groceries and clothing to household supplies and books. There is a Farmers’ Market on the third Thursday of every month, providing an opportunity to buy quality fresh foods from local producers.
Stockton also hosts a market, which is one of the largest in the UK with over 150 stalls.
Further afield, Newcastle is a popular shopping destination, only 15 minutes by train from Durham. Just south of Newcastle (with good access by public transport) is Europe’s largest shopping centre,intu Metrocentre in Gateshead.
For specialist foods, Newcastle and Stockton both have a number of shops stocking Halal meat as well as Asian and Continental ingredients at lower prices than in supermarkets.
Durham and Stockton have a choice of restaurants serving all types of cuisine at a range of prices, as well as many excellent cafés, bars and traditional pubs.