Darlington is a large market town in North East England. The town owes much of its development to the influence of local Quaker families in the Georgian and Victorian era, and who provided much of the finance and vision in creating the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world's first steam locomotive powered, permanent passenger railway.
Their influence can most clearly be seen in the architecture in our town centre, which includes Darlington's historic Victorian Market [Hyperlink]. Built in 1183, the Grade I listed St Cuthbert's Church [Hyperlink] is one of the most important early English churches in the north of England. Download our town centre Tourist Map and Guide for more information on key sites in the town.
As home to the world’s first steam-powered passenger railway we are justifiably proud of Darlington's world-famous rail heritage. You can find out more about the town’s roots with a visit to the Head of Steam Railway Museum, situated alongside the famous Skerne Railway Bridge – familiar to many as the bridge on the old £5 note. Exciting plans will see the Darlington Railway Heritage Quarter (DRHQ) developed into a new internationally significant major visitor attraction and museum for 2024.
Darlington has long been a centre for engineering, particularly bridge building. Bridges built in Darlington are found as far way as the River Nile and the River Amazon. The large engineering firm Cleveland Bridge & Engineering Company still has its headquarters in the town. The firm built the Tyne Bridge, Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge and the Humber Bridge, as well as the Sydney Harbour Bridge.
There's plenty to see and do so please explore our website to find out more about what to do, where to eat and where to stay in Darlington.