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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


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By Traveller 84
In the shower I found it impossible to turn off the water without using a towel to hold the taps . The design is ergonomically poor . [Less]
Holiday Inn Darlington for Great North Run
By Shaun91
A nice, clean hotel in a good location for the GNR. A really welcoming and helpful lady on front desk with some great travel trips for the run. Poor food, poor pricing and poor response from the [More] waiter in the restaurant at dinner. Photo of my £14 Chorizo pasta included. [Less]
Comfortable, clean room
By Julie
My friend and I stayed for one night and had breakfast and an evening meal. The staff were friendly and the food was good. Unfortunately they were short staffed for the evening meal and the food took [More] a very long time to arrive. The room was very clean and the bed comfortable. It was very good value as we had a voucher deal. [Less]
Usual great welcome and service
By Kevin from Kent
We've stayed here many times when we travel north to visit family. The staff are always welcoming and the stay pleasant. [Less]
Brilliant stay
Stayed at the Washington inn with my dad as I had treated him to the cricket T20 game. Staff very friendly, would like to mention Carl who was amazing so pleasant and made our stay.He had us [More] laughing and nothing was too much trouble. Rooms very clean and comfortable and food excellent just need a few more items on the lunch menu for small eaters like me but we a planning on staying again. Thankyou you made a dad daughter weekend even more special [Less]
Comfortable and clean
By Wharry
Stayed 2 nights with room service both nights. Delivered quickly and was good value for money. Stayed in a family room that was comfortable and clean. [Less]
Great Place
By Misha568
I stay here once a month for work. I have referred other members of our team here and everyone loves it. Clean, tidy, and staff very nice. Recommend it! Staff helpful with almost anything - including [More] best vegan places requests from other staff! [Less]
Excellent guest services and very clean hotel.
By DoDJP
I will surely use this hotel when I make my next trip up this way in about 5 weeks. I was truly impressed with the cleanliness of the hotel, the professionalism of the staff, the quality of the [More] breakfast buffet and the overall quality of our stay. [Less]
Comfortable bed and clean hotel
By Clen
On my last visit to the hotel, the customer care experience was very good [Less]

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