Welcome to Totally Locally Durham (TLD) … here you can discover what makes Durham different.  We believe it’s the independent businesses, which provide quality, value for money, uniqueness and great customer service, that make the Durham experience truly unmissable.


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Did you know, if everyone who lives within the DH1 postcode committed to spending £5 extra each week with our independent businesses, it would put £5 million into our local economy each year.

Durham City is full of small independent businesses, so here at Totally Locally Durham we’d like to help  you discover them.  Then come on in, have a chat with the person behind counter, ask their advice, learn their name, enjoy great service, and then tell everyone you know about the brilliant independent business you’ve discovered.


Market Place and Prince Bishops

Not only will you find independents in the Market Hall, Market Place and in Prince Bishops, but you’ll regularly find even more in the Market Place at the city’s markets.

Silver Street & Back Silver Street/  Fowler’s Yard

Silver Street has said goodbye to many big names, but has plenty of independents for you to discover – while Back Silver Street and Fowler’s Yard is and ‘unexpected pocket of creativity’.

Elvets – New, Old and Bridge

The cobbles take you from Saddler Street, over Elvet Bridge, and on the way you’ll find independent businesses, cafes and restaurants.

Claypath and Walkergate

Claypath and Walkergate have plenty of independents mixed in … we’d love you to come and explore them.

Saddler Street

The cobbles of Saddler Street lead from the Market Place up to Durham Cathedral – on the way you’ll find some great independents … don’t just walk past!

North Road and Riverside

There have been lots of changes here in recent years … that means new independents to discover, alongside your old favourites.

Join over 40 Small Local Businesses

When independents work together, we can be a force to be reckoned with.  Durham has brilliant independent businesses, so, together, let’s all shout about them, champion them and ensure our independent businesses thrive.  If you’re running an independent Durham business, join us!

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Why support independents?  Because, every pound spend with independents stays local, and supports more small businesses.  That’s good for all of us.

And, thriving independents make Durham different from any other High Street.  

A unique high street is one to visit!

[Totally Locally] led to some businesses enjoying their busiest ever trading time despite the pandemic. The plan has breathed life into trading communities in cities and commuter towns, offering a lifeline for small enterprises and enacting positive social change which many hope will survive long after coronavirus.


-The Independent, Happy List 2021.

The role of Independent Businesses has never been more important in the revitalisation of high streets ups and down the country. Durham is no exception and is lucky to have such a wide range of quality independent businesses to add to the attractions of the World Heritage Site.


-Colin Wilkes MBE, Durham Markets Company.

It’s vitally important that the heart of Durham is a vibrant and varied community and independent businesses are playing a key part in that. These small businesses are fighting back as the city recovers from the pandemic, and it’s up to us all to support them in their recovery.


-Cllr Elizabeth Scott, Chair of the Business Committee of City of Durham Parish Council

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