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Local bus services operated by Arriva and Go North East also provide access to the nearby towns of Murton, Peterlee and Houghton-le-Spring, as well as further afield to Sunderland, Newcastle upon Tyne, Durham, Darlington, Stockton-on-Tees and Middlesbrough.

Dating back to 1791, this boutique 5 star hotel is steeped in history and charm.  Set within 37 acres of delightful gardens in a stunning cliff top location overlooking the sea and the coast.

The town appeared in the BBC Three sitcom Live!Girls! present Dogtown which premiered on the channel in autumn 2006. According to the Sunderland Echo (11 February 1999), scenes from Saving Private Ryan (1998) were also going to be filmed in Seaham, but Government intervention moved production elsewhere.

No visit to Seaham would be complete without a trip to nearby Dalton Park; find bargains galore at the region’s biggest outlet shopping centre.

Seaham, formerly Seaham Harbour, is a small town in County Durham, situated 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Sunderland and 13 miles (21 km) east of Durham. It has a small parish church, St Mary the Virgin, with a late 7th century Anglo Saxon nave resembling the church at Escomb in many respects.[2] St Mary the Virgin is one of the 20 oldest surviving churches in the UK. Seaham is currently twinned with the German town of Gerlingen.

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Seaham Colliery suffered an underground explosion in 1880 which resulted in the loss of over 160 lives, including surface workers and rescuers.

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A steel statue, 1101 (locally also known as Tommy) by local artist Ray Lonsdale, commemorating World War One and initially erected temporarily for three months,[8] was the subject of a local fund-raising drive in 2014 to retain it on the town's seafront.[9]

In 1928, production started at the last town colliery to be opened, Vane Tempest. By 1992, however, all three pits (Dawdon Colliery, Vane Tempest Colliery and Seaham Colliery – known locally as "the Knack") had closed, a process accelerated by the British miners' strike and cheap coal imports from Eastern Europe.[citation needed] The pit closures hit the local economy extremely hard, and Seaham sank into a depressed state in the 1980s and 1990s.[citation needed]

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Many local families were affected by the tragic loss of eight men and one boy in the 'Seaham Lifeboat Disaster', when the RNLI lifeboat, the George Elmy, foundered on 17 November 1962. To commemorate the event, the new coast road was named George Elmy Lifeboat Way.[4]

Seaham Hall boasts an award winning spa, two renowned restaurants, Byron's Bar together with wedding and meeting and event facilities, our luxury hotel is perfect for hotel stays for those wishing to visit hotels in Durham, Newcastle and Sunderland. Located in County Durham, England and adjacent to the North Sea in a striking location, just 5 miles from Sunderland, 14 miles from Durham and 18 miles from Newcastle.

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Admire the dramatic cliff top views, seek out one of England's oldest churches or simply relax at the beach in Seaham.

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A sense of history is never far away, one of the most outstanding features in Seaham is St. Mary the Virgin Church, recognised as one of the 20 oldest surviving churches in the whole country. Located to the north of the town this old Anglo Saxon church has roots thought to date back to the 7th Century. 

An electoral ward with the same exists. The population of this ward taken at the 2011 census was 8419.[5]

Don't miss the perfect photo opportunity with "Tommy" the WWI statue, and visit the  heritage and lifeboat centre where the George Elmy is on permanent display. and you'll be spoilt for choice when its time to refuel with a wide selection of bars, cafés and restaurants along a busy sea front. 

According to Tom McNee's 1992 portrait of the town The Changing Face of Seaham: 1928–1992, St. John's parish church was used as the setting of a 1985 service recorded for BBC Radio 4. Also, a two-part Channel 4 documentary profiled the town in 1991.

As a Sea Cadet you can go to sea, learn to sail and do adventure training, plus get extra skills to give you a great head start in life.

In 2006, a survey conducted by Halifax revealed that Seaham is the top property price increase hotspot in England and Wales as average prices rose by 172% since 2003. The average price of £117,266 is still, however, well below the national average. It is believed this surge has been greatly helped by regeneration work in the area, and in particular the new housing estate East Shore Village, built on the site of the former Vane Tempest colliery.[citation needed]

Today, the town has a population of around 22,000, and is served by Seaham railway station, which lies on the Durham Coast Line, running from Middlesbrough to Newcastle upon Tyne, via Hartlepool, Stockton-on-Tees and Sunderland.

The tranquil beauty of the sandy North Beach, with its inviting rock pools, is sheltered by a long sea wall which also protects the cliffs from the power of the North Sea. Grab an ice cream or simply enjoy the stunning view from Seaham Harbour Marina or set off on a walk along the coastal footpath to reveal breathtaking views.


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To the south, beside the road to Dalton-le-Dale, are the remains of Dalden Tower, comprising the ruins of a 16th-century tower and fragments of later buildings.

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AcknowledgmentsThe Town Council wish to acknowledge and record its thanks to the Durham Heritage Coast, the E-Travel Guide, the Seaham Red Star Football Club and the late Mr Tom McNee (acknowledged local historian) for the contributions/photographs which have been incorporated within this website.

Between 1929 and 1935, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Seaham (the defunct constituency which covered the area now renamed Easington) was Labour Prime Minister Ramsay MacDonald. Easington constituency has only ever returned Labour candidates to Parliament,[10] and at the 2010 General Election, Labour candidate Grahame Morris was elected with a majority of 14,982[11] votes.

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In homage to the town's link to Lord Byron, the new multimillion-pound shopping complex, which now includes an Asda supermarket as well as Argos and Wilkinson's stores, is named Byron Place. It aims to revitalise the area, using the successful redevelopment of the central shopping district of neighbouring town Peterlee as a benchmark. Asda officially opened on 3 September 2007 and the rest of the shopping centre opened in November 2007.

Seaham Hall is celebrating success after winning the prestigious 'Small Hotel of the Year' award at the 2015 North East Tourism Awards, with the judges recognising the first class facilities and a committed team effort providing an unsurpassed guest experience.

Seaham has one secondary school, without a sixth-form, called Seaham School of Technology.

The opening scene in Alien 3 (1992) was filmed on Blast Beach, at Dawdon, released 1993.[6] The town has also served as a location for the BAFTA nominated film Life For Ruth (1962) starring Janet Munro and Patrick McGoohan.

Seaham has also produced several able footballers, some of whom have gone on to play for the local team, Sunderland. Terry Fenwick and Brian Marwood, moreover, played for England, with the latter, on retirement from football, working as a commentator for Sky Sports. Paul Gascoigne also lived in Seaham in the late 1990s, while playing for Middlesbrough.

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Seaham has fine beaches and transport links to the eastern coast. From 2001 most of the Durham coastline was designated as a "heritage coast" and Seaham beach was entirely restored. In 2002 the Turning the Tide project won, jointly with the Eden Project, the prize for Outstanding Achievement in Regeneration in the annual Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors awards. Seaham Hall is now a luxury hotel and spa.

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