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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


Great customer service
By BMN27
Nice hotel, nice staff. Unfortunately just a little out the way. [Less]
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By Patty
Excellent hotel with very friendly staff it has very comfortable beds in all the rooms and a wide range on the menu but it's a bit pricy [Less]
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By Yammy
The room was ok but the air con seem to not work well so had to open a window whichl one of the handles were broken and one was stuffed with card so as to work properly [Less]
My stay
By Alexjr7498
Comfortable beds, quiet hotel, Comfortable stay. The only drawback is the car parking could be easier to find [Less]
Great stay
By steveb
Excellent hotel with lovely helpful staff. the city centre location and secure parking were greatly appreciated and a real bargain for 5000 IHG points. [Less]
Great hotel
By Clag78
Lovely, clean hotel in the middle of the town. All the staff we came into contact with were friendly. The room and bathroom were clean and tidy. Breakfast was good and plenty of everything. Will [More] definitely stay here again when visiting family [Less]
Stay at Scotch Corner
By NJE1973-2
I stay at this hotel often and its always a good experience. As a business traveler it's nice to have a choice for food. Nice to be able to relax in the bar and get some comfort food or something a [More] little more fancy in the Italian restaurant. Good food all round. Overall a great place to stay. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service
By Auntie
The room was very hot , even with the window open. But that was probably down to other rooms having the heating up full . [Less]
Ok for a short stay
By Peta
Hotel has been great in the past but the last visit was not up to standards. Ground floor rooms are a no go area, very noisy if your next to the boiler. Beds were uncomfortable. Only one towel in a [More] double room. Would have much rather been on a different floor but having arrived late at night we had no time to inform staff of issues as we had been travelling all night and we're exhausted. [Less]

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