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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


Good stay only let down by breakfast
By robinwilson16-1
The stay in this hotel was good overall. The main issue was that we ordered breakfast in the room and the food and coffee were cold, some items were missing and others were inedible as were [More] burnt. Aside from this the hotel was reasonably priced and conveniently placed although the facilities are fairly basic. [Less]
Newcastle Trip
By Shaz
Friendly and helpful staff. No frills approach but good value for money and a nice breakfast. [Less]
good food good staff
By sawks123
on arrival the staff made us very welcome at this hotel. the lounge/bar area was very comfortable and relaxing. it was nice to have Easter dinner here after a long journey from the south east. I was [More] lmpressed with the staffs professionalism in all areas. for example some local knowledge which can be paramount on these trips [Less]
Great desk staff ok otherwise
By Marlene
This was your typical hotel experience if you're looking for cleanliness and a fairly sterile atmosphere. Nothing to really complain about, the staff on reception were helpful, the breakfast was ok [More] and the room was clean. For a one night stay it was fine but I will be working in the area for the next 5 months and this would not be somewhere I could stay long term, just a bit too impersonal. [Less]
Overnight stay to watch the Boro
By Pete
Excellent location, superb staff especially Tom. Very quickly sorted out the correct bedroom. [Less]
Recent stay
By Lea31
Recently stayed at this hotel,rooms clean and comfortable,food area open til 930 pm which was ideal as i didnt arrive until after 8 was alo told you can order in online at just eat and have it [More] delivered to hotel if i didnt like anything on the menue...overall couldnt fault the hotel..only one downside if im being fussy over other hotels is its £5 to park and most hotels have free parking and the carpark was awkward to find as the sat nav tries to take you threw a bus route but i did ring hotel and a member of staff stayed on the phone and directed me in otherwise i dont think i would of found it [Less]
Two nights
By Al1745
Some problems; some sorted - some not. I have stayed at the hotel several times and this was the first time I had problems and I will definitely go again [Less]
matress too hard
By happy customer
good for over night stop. I wish to know how my point on priority are transferred to IHG [Less]
quality of food
By aidie
the first two meals were first class but the third and last meal was not up to the standard I was expecting it seemed that the original chef had been replaced. [Less]

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