Hotels in Darlington

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About Darlington

About Darlington

While Darlington has stood as a market town in County Durham since mediaeval times, two wealthy Quaker families – the Backhouses and Peases – were behind its building boom in the 19th century. The founders also spearheaded Darlington Railway, the world's first public railway to use a steam locomotive, and donated Darlington's still-functional market hall and clock tower.

Spend time in solitude and tranquillity in verdant South Park, which dates from the Victorian era and was the first urban park in North East England. Treat your inner history lover by visiting magnificent Raby Castle, which houses a fine art collection. The countryside around the castle is dotted with sites dating back to the Iron Age, Roman era, and mediaeval times.

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What to see in Darlington

Families will adore the recently refurbished Darlington Hippodrome, which hosts classic and modern theatre and family-friendly pantomimes. For cinema, check out Odeon or Vue, and if you're seeking some laughs, stop in at one of the Forum Music Centre's comedy events. Look in the area around these attractions for some of Darlington's best restaurants.

You don’t have to be a ferroequinologist (train expert) to be fascinated by the Head of Steam Museum's interesting exhibits, which include insights on vintage trains. Another child-friendly museum worth visiting is the Shildon Locomotion Museum, which has an adventure playground for kids. See Sans Pareil, the pioneering locomotive built by Timothy Hackworth in 1829; ride a steam train; and gape at the more than 70 other vehicles at the museum.

The town boasts beautiful architecture throughout. Visit the bell tower, the sister bell of Big Ben in the House of Parliament, and get a sense of history when you visit Auckland Castle, just outside Darlington. Located in Bishop Auckland, the castle has been the bishop of Durham's official residence since the 1800s. From there, head to Rockwell Nature Reserve to spy indigenous wildlife such as otters and kingfishers along the River Skerne. Head a few miles out of Darlington to see the 700-acre Stanwick Iron Age fortifications. Archaeological evidence shows the fortifications served as a trading centre for the Brigantes tribe, which controlled Northern Britain for centuries until the Romans arrived.

Where to stay in Darlington

Darlington’s compact size makes it easy to get around town, regardless of where your hotel is. You'll find both upscale and cheap hotels close to Darlington's railway station, making museum-hopping and strolling around town easy.

Book a Darlington hotel, hostel, or apartment close to Feethams to be close to Cluedini Live Escape Rooms, Vue Cinema, the market hall, and clock tower. Harrowgate Hill is also a great area if you’re interested in checking out Darlington Hippodrome, the Shildon Locomotion Museum, and Head of Steam. You’ll find deals on holiday accommodations in Coatham Mundeville as well, setting you close to Hardwick Park and Walworth Castle Birds of Prey.

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