Did you know Darlington is one of the nicest places to visit in the UK? The picturesque market town, lovingly known as ‘Darlo’, can go under the radar, but it’s brimming with excellent days out, a plentiful population of pubs and a food scene that boasts the north east’s only restaurant with two Michelin stars. Our Darlington hotels are conveniently located for exploring the town centre. While you’re wandering, you’ll find several wonderful examples of beautiful Victorian architecture, courtesy of the esteemed George Gordon Hoskins who was a prolific architect in North East England. Venture into the countryside of County Durham, and you’ll find historic castles and pristine parklands. Plus, you can trace the history of the passenger railway back to its origins here at Darlington Railway.
Things to do in Darlington
The days out in Darlington range from historic 14th-century castles to pioneering passenger railways. You can visit a world-class collection of art with treasured pieces from the old masters, or simply walk along the banks of the river and enjoy the views at South Park.
At the heart of Darlington, the Cornmill Shopping Centre is the town’s most popular shopping centre. It’s where you’ll find familiar High Street names such as Primark, Topshop and Waterstones, as well as a number of fast-food options if you get peckish mid-shopping spree. Of course, you can also hunt down a bargain at the Horse Market, or amidst the myriad shops that line High Row, Blackwellgate and Houndgate.
If you’re travelling from further afield, you can fly into Durham Tees Valley Airport. It’s barely more than a five-minute drive from our Darlington East hotel and only 15 minutes from our Darlington Town Centre hotel. You can easily catch a taxi to either one, and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg. Alternatively, hire a car from arrivals or catch a train from Teesside Airport station to Darlington Railway Station. Darlington’s station is east of the town centre. It’s a major station on the East Coast Main Line, which runs directly to London King’s Cross.