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“Seaham”
Review of East Durham Coast

Ranked #10 of 58 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 4 December 2013

Lovely little seaside town, recovering from depression and recession with the help of Lottery money. Nice beaches, several coffee shops and lots of free parking. Harbour and marina - up and coming.

1  Thank Sue R
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Reviewed 27 September 2013

Starts in the north with one of the largest car boot sales held every Sunday afternoon throughout the summer, The Seaham Hall Hotel, which used to be the manor house, and was where Lord Byron married Anne Milbanke. Next to that, moving south, the Church of St Mary's, a 7th century church, and open at certain times. The new estate of East Shore Village stands on the site of where Vane Tempest Colliery used to be. A revamped promenade and the road brings you into the area of the Terrace Green, a 20mph stretch of road and walk. Many cafés and bars here, a very well used ice cream parlour ( Lickety Split), and a fish and chip restaurant( Downeys) . To the left at the roundabout takes you to the new marina and Heretage Centre, all with free parking, ahead brings you to Byron Place, a small shopping mall. Church St, the High St as such runs westward from there and contains a diversity of shops, including a new Wetherspoons, the Hat and Feathers South along the coast takes you passed the harbour, and up to the link with the A19. This was the site of the old Dawdon Colliery. There is lots of history in the Town itself, but this is not the coast.

4  Thank johnthebassman
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Reviewed 15 September 2013

East Durham Coast has some fabulous scenery and wonderful walks. Check out the Durham Heritage Coast website for more info.

1  Thank Helen D
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Reviewed 10 September 2013

Visited Seaham whilst in Durham for a long weekend. Had heard about the old glassworks that used to be there, that had dumped the old glass into the sea back in the 1920s, resulting in shiny, smooth glass pebbles being washed up on the beach to this day. I expected it to be difficult to find any glass pebbles, as people are attracted from all over the world to collect it and make it into jewellery etc, but we had a fantastic morning on the shore, picking up multicoloured jewels that glitter against the pebbles. The coastline is beautiful, not spoiled in the way that places like Scarborough and Bridlington are. The promenade is dotted with nice restaurants and shopping centres, but not at all touristy, and very clean too. I think the locals must be trying to keep it secret, and i don't blame them!

8  Thank Emma G
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Reviewed 4 September 2013

Beautiful coastline with beautiful surroundings such as Hawthorn Dene. Great coffee shops, ice cream parlour and fish n' chip shop.

2  Thank Jayne1472
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