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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
(4.3 / 5) of 1403 reviews
Enjoyable experience
By PhilMcD
The hotel is a comfortable place to stay , whilst travelling or as a base touring the area. It's just off the A1 , within easy reach. Hotel staff are very pleasant professionals who know how to make [More] guests welcome. The rooms are clean and comfortable and the public areas tidy and with a good ambience. Recent investment in décor upgrades make the hotel bright and cheerful. Nice Bar and restaurant areas too. [Less]
Holiday Inn Darlington
By Davy88
excellent location for business rooms clean and attractive food excellent will return when in location [Less]
2 Night Business Trip
By *CJM*
Nice Hotel, friendly staff. Rooms clean and tidy and staff friendly. Nice little Gym used as well. Only issue I had was that Wi-Fi was a bit sporadic and was slow at time to time and the sound [More] proofing was a bit poor between the first and lower floors. All good apart from that. [Less]
Overall brilliant stay at the hotel only had 2 small issues
By big mamma 23
We ordered 3 teas in the lounge area which cost the best part of £7.00 - we didn't think it was bad value for money but changed our minds when it arrived, there was only one teabag in a teapot that [More] just had enough water in for one small cup of tea each and no extra hot water. When we complained to the server he did bring us another pot no problem but the issue could have been easily avoided for just the cost of another teabag and a pot of hot water - seems a bit daft as I'm sure we are not the first to have to ask. We were quite late down for breakfast, the dining room had obviously been busy and was therefore a bit of a mess, we could not find a clean table. At that time there appeared to be only one member of staff in the dining room who was trying to replenish the food counter whilst also trying to clear the tables. On the plus side we asked him to wipe a table for us so we could sit down, which he did immediately whilst giving the impression that nothing would be too much trouble. [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service
By Matt-uk
Great stay perfect for stop over, clean and quiet and great breakfast. had a blast [Less]
Perfect Location
By Latino Salsero
The perfect hotel, located beautifully for a weekend of dancing at Teesside University. The only complaint is regarding the time of the fire alarm test! Customers were offered a late check out of [More] 2pm, only to be awoken first by a telephone call advising the fire alarm was going to be tested, and then again by the alarm itself. Please consider moving the time of the test. The staff were brilliant, and really got into the spirit of salsa dancing - I think 99.9% of people staying in the hotel were Latin dancers :-) [Less]
Comfortable bed and great service.
By Wilkg
enjoyable relaxing Break, we as a couple were made welcome and looked after by all staff [Less]
Excellent Hotel in a great location to break long journey
By Island Hoppers
Great stay at a hotel mid way on our return journey to London. Our review endorses the excellent experience at Holiday Inn Scotch Corner. Very relaxing with superb wifi and a high level of care for [More] the whole family. Will definitely be returning. The only blip was the major road works in the area but that will be much better on completion in a few months. Our stay was quiet in spite of the massive amount of highway traffic in the vicinity.Great stay. Recommended. [Less]
lovely art deco style hotel
By the canny traveller
Love to stay here when travelling, gives us confidence that we will find it as the previous times we have visited, the standard has been maintained over several years use, we like to know we will be [More] in a nice hotel with good service and food [Less]

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