Chester le Street
Chester le Street is a large bustling market town which boasts great transport links including a train station offering local connections and cross-country train services. The northern end of Front Street used to be the start of the main route to Newcastle through Birtley and Gateshead, and eventually over the Tyne Bridge. However, when the Gateshead-Newcastle Western Bypass of the A1 (M) was opened this road became much quieter. Car traffic is now banned from the northern part of Front Street and it is restricted to buses, cyclists and delivery vehicles for the local shops.
Chester le Street is the home of the famous Durham County Cricket Club which also includes a rowing club. The cricket ground is occasionally used as a concert venue hosting big names such as Tom Jones and Jessie J. Chester Le Street is also home to the famous Lumley Castle which dates back to 1389 and has hosted monarchs such as King James VI.
Chester le Street Park is particularly popular in the summer months with a large children’s play area and plenty of grassland for picnics and ball games. The park is bursting with history as it is home to the Roman foundations of Concangis which was built around 100 A.D.
Chester Le Street has a market which takes place on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - 8:00am to 5:30pm.