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Visiting Darlington – A City Guide
Known for its railway heritage, Darlington still has traces of 19th-century industry. The quaint market town was the terminus of the world’s first passenger railway. Today, Darlington Train Station is well served by the East Coast Main Line and provides direct links to Leeds, Manchester and Edinburgh.

Darlington: city layout
The A167 runs through Darlington, providing convenient road access to Middlesbrough and Richmond. The River Skerne also cuts the town in two, and you’ll find some cultural landmarks, like Darlington Civic Theatre, on the eastern side. The town’s main hub of shops and nightlife is to the west.

The concierge recommends…

  • Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum is on the site of the world’s first public steam railway. The exhibition includes many historic engines, including George Stephenson’s famous Locomotion No. 1.
  • See Victorian engineering in action at the Tees Cottage Pumping Station waterworks. The on-site blacksmith’s shop also holds regular demonstrations.

Hotels in Darlington
Staying in central Darlington places you within walking distance of lively nightlife, shopping and theatres. You’ll also be within easy reach of Darlington Train Station, linking you directly to London and Edinburgh.

The small towns of Newton Aycliffe and Richmond are within a 20-minute drive and offer genteel, rural locations with easy access into Darlington and surrounding attractions, such as Easby Abbey.

Sports aficionados can stay in Middlesbrough, only 30 minutes away by train, to be close to the Riverside Stadium and the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre.

Eating Out in Darlington
Darlington town centre offers Asian-inspired restaurants, artisanal delis and hearty pies and stews in traditional pubs. You’ll also find a handful of food and drink stalls inside the historic Victorian Market. A short drive takes you to the town’s satellite villages, where you can settle down in a country inn to enjoy a Sunday roast dinner in front of a crackling open fire or a pint of ale in a leafy beer garden.

The chef recommends...

  • Mithril Ales: one of Darlington’s popular microbreweries and supplies many pubs in the County Durham area.
  • Parmo: a breaded chicken or pork cutlet that has been deep fried and topped with béchamel sauce and melted cheese.

Shopping in Darlington
You’ll find everything from high-end fashion to budget brands in Darlington’s pedestrianised shopping area. The Cornmill Shopping Centre and Queen’s Arcade are the town’s two modern malls, both home to a variety of shops, while many other high-street names line the surrounding streets. The nearby town of Richmond is also a well-known hub of independent and artisan shops.

Where to shop in Darlington

  • Close to bus stops and Darlington Train Station, Cornmill Shopping Centre is home to high-street names and boutique fashion.
  • Shops in the modern Queen’s Arcade include fashion brands, jewellers and tech stores.
  • The Victorian Market runs throughout the year on weekdays. From fresh meat to flowers, you’ll find a variety of items on sale from local retailers.

Culture & Nightlife in Darlington
Darlington’s compact city centre means it’s easy to hop between the trendy bars and traditional pubs along Skinnergate and Houndgate. Many pubs hold regular open mic or comedy nights, and Darlington Civic Theatre has a packed programme of musical theatre, ballets and concerts. Art fans can head to Gallerina to see contemporary and fine art from local painters.

Evening entertainment in Darlington

Visiting Darlington with a Family
You can take the kids for a swim at the Dolphin Centre, or stroll around South Park and check out its parrot aviary, free outdoor concerts and sports area. Head to the market town of Richmond for a family day out – kids will love exploring the Norman castle.

Top family-friendly attractions in Darlington

  • After zooming down the Dolphin Centre’s waterslides, kids can head to the soft-play area and try to find Pirate Pete’s treasure.
  • Adventure Point gives kids the chance to play outside on swings and slides or stay indoors in the multi-sports arena. Adults can entertain themselves with free WiFi and newspapers in the café.

Latest Darlington Hotel Reviews

Average Rating for Darlington Hotel
(4.4 / 5) of 1529 reviews
pleasant stay
By BBH45
always good service and comfortable rooms and substantial breakfast at Holiday Inns. Washington met our expectations for convenient comfortable overnight stay. [Less]
Ideal wedding venue
By val marie
We had a fantastic week end for our wedding. .All our guests were happy with all the arrangements We would definitely come back on another occasion for a visit and would recommend "Holiday [More] Inn" Washington to any couple planning their wedding to visit there.. .. We will be back later for a planned "Birthday Bash" . [Less]
nice clean and comfortable room
By lisajayne73
lovely friendly staff throughout my stay wonderful service, clean and pleasant room I really enjoyed my stay and would definitely return. [Less]
Comfortable room and brilliant staff
By ZRD007
We checked in after a long journey from Cambridgeshire. During check-in, a member of stay who arranged the accessible room and Disabled parking at the from entrance of reception greeted us. She [More] was polite and very helpful. I requested and pre-arranged a complimentary connecting room adjoining to each other for my registered carer but on arrival was told this was not available as it had been booked out to someone else. Nevertheless another carer's room was offered two doors down which was ok but rather inconvenient for my carer to wake in the middle on of the night to check in my accessible where they had to walk down the corridor. The connecting room would have been better since I suffer with Cancer and heart problems this would have been convenient for so that the door in between the connecting rooms could have been left open and my carer can keep an eye on me instantly. This was not possible since the carer's room was two doors down the corridor. Other than the above issue, the rooms were spacious and beds were extremely comfortable - would like to know the made and brand of the matresses/beds? The shower was very powerful in the accessible room and the carer's room. Breakfast was great with very tastie scrambled eggs, crossiants, cerals, porridge and fresh fruit. All the reception staff, house keeping was great. Very helpful indeed at all times. A very clean and highly commendable holiday Inn Express. Thank you so much. [Less]
Overall Hotel Experience
By J.R. and C.D.
My wife and I spent a week at the Holiday Inn Express in Middlesbrough North Yorkshire. We found the hotel exceptionally well cared for, the staff were all top quality and could not do enough for us [More] all the time we were there. Breakfast was always plentyful and tasty. The convenience of being right next door to several shopping malls and lots of good restaurants close by was great. If we have the opportunity to visit there again we would certainly make the Holiday Inn Express Middlesbrough our choice for lodgings. [Less]
Good central hotel and very clean, but food poor
By mrstjl
Had one stay for business, central hotel, parking is in a public multi storey car park next door, would be worried if I had arrived in the dark, the Staff were fabulous and friendly, room comfortable [More] and clean. would stay again. [Less]
Business Stay Away
By meastroinsky
A very pleasant stay with a speedy and efficient service in the restaurant. Comfortable sleep with access to the mini gym being a bonus [Less]
Holiday Inn Darlington
By CDKJAK
Excellent accommodation; friendly, welcoming and helpful staff; good restaurant service. [Less]
great hotel - close to where I do my business
By walt222
excellent hotel, i was expecting lacklustre dinner and breakfast, but was pleasantly surprised, thank you [Less]

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