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A beautiful market town with delightful cobbled streets

UK | North of England | County Durham | Darlington
Darlington countryside

With its variety of theatres, gardens, historical sites and independent shops, there’s plenty to explore in the bustling market town of Darlington.

Darlington sits by the gentle waters of the River Skerne, surrounded by the unspoilt countryside of North-East England. It has a rich heritage and is known as the final stop on the world’s first passenger train.

Today, Darlington is a modern and vibrant town. Its attractive centre is packed with excellent restaurants and cafes, and is small enough to explore by foot. The countryside surrounding Darlington is some of the UK’s most dramatic and unspoilt. Hiking, cycling and a range of other outdoor pursuits are easily accessible. You’ll discover a rugged coast, ancient forest and one of the country’s most impressive waterfalls, High Force.

Raby Castle

Darlington has an interesting selection of independent shops. For some of the town’s best clothes shopping, head for Grange Road, a pleasant place to explore and pop into a café for a bite to eat. Well worth checking out are Clarks Yard’s Cheese and Wine Shop, Cooks and Kitchens and Drum Furnishing.

For a glimpse into Darlington’s fascinating history as one of the first town’s in the UK to be served by passenger trains, visit Head of Steam. This excellent museum focuses on the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which opened in 1825 and was horse-drawn until the introduction of steam locomotives in 1833.

A number of significant historical sites are scattered across the beautiful countryside surrounding Darlington. A short drive from the town is Raby Castle, one of the UK’s most impressive medieval castles. Visitors can explore well-preserved rooms and opulent grounds for a glimpse into the area’s fascinating history. Nearby, at Forest-in-Teesdale, you’ll find one of the UK’s most spectacular waterfalls, High Force. The falls are located within the Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where roe deer and rabbits can be spotted as you explore enchanting forests and valleys.

“Darlington sits by the gentle waters of the River Skerne, surrounded by the unspoilt countryside of North-East England..”

The Darlington area is home to some outstanding cafes, restaurants and pubs. For simple, modern food in a beautiful listed building, head for the Michellin-Starred Raby Hunt, in the pretty village of Summerhouse, a short drive from Darlington. Alternatively, try the atmospheric Stable Hearth for a delicious artisan pizza. For a pint of local ale and some of the area’s best live music, check out the Forum Music Centre.

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While you’re there

Thornton Hall Gardens

A Grade I-listed building surrounded by three distinct walled gardens.

Raby Castle

A wonderfully preserved castle, perfect for indulging in the fascinating history of the area.

Walworth Castle Birds of Prey

An excellent opportunity to learn about birds of prey in beautiful surroundings.

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