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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


Love Holiday Inn Washington UK
By Cranfordlad
A great experience staying here. Room, facilities, food all perfect, all enhanced by a friendly and efficient staff. Thank you. Will defiinitely be visiting again. [Less]
Decnet Stay
By wanderer10x
Very helpful staff and good clean hotel. A little too far from the centre of Newcastle, but could be reached by Taxi and buses. [Less]
Staff was pleasant and helpful
By BSho
I asked the front desk man for castle recommendations for surrounding area. He printed out several pages with information and options. [Less]
Super friendly staff
By Camidea
The staff went out of way when I needed to items such as an iron/ironing board, provided plates/cutlery for fruit in my room, described the restaurants around, brought in gluten free baked goods etc. [More] I was able to microwave milk in the microwave oven in the restaurant area which was great. One improvement could be the inclusion of basic fruits such as bananas at breakfast. [Less]
Good
By Stud
Good morning to all the people who have been on the same page as the people in the world and the people who are here [Less]
Weekend getaway
By C.glas0517
I was visiting friends for the weekend and stayed here. Room and hotel in general was Clean and tidy and the staff were exceptionally friendly. Breakfast was a bit of a let down but it wasn't a major [More] issue amd I only used the facility on the last day so I may have just had a one off bad experience. [Less]
A1 HOTEL
By scotch bob
As this hotel is on a busy roundabout,in the hotel the noise you would expect you do not hear. My partner is disabled so we require some other needs and the hotel had the lot .Thank you all. [Less]
Happy return
By MGEE
Excellent service, very helpful, professional and friendly staff, convenient location as just off the A1(M) [Less]
Final Bill
By Spiv
Mistake was made on my final bill - extra charge for Dinner etc which I had paid up front [Less]

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