About Darlington

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.

Welcome back to Darlington - take a closer look at some of our independent retailers

Mercure Darlington King's Hotel, Bannatyne Hotel and the Premier Inn offer a warm welcome in the town centre.

📆 Bombay Gate on Skinnergate is offering 20% off your food bill for tables booked during their first week of reopening (17th - 23rd May) 📞 To place a booking, get in touch with them on 01325 468709, or visit their Facebook page Details ➡️ https://t.co/YFxz40d5hC | #LoveDarlo https://t.co/VfPmHF3Bmu
06 May 2021 @10:02
The legendary Three Squares Cafe on Skinnergate opens on Friday 14th May & Saturday 15th May for takeaway and pavement cafe, with outside eating from 10am! It will then open on Monday 17th at 8am for takeaway, inside eating and pavement cafe 👏🏻 #LoveDarlo https://t.co/w0i0Ik5Fo3
05 May 2021 @19:32
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05 May 2021 @17:15
🤫 It's oh so quiet... 🤐 Each and every Sunday between 10:30am and 11:30am, businesses across Darlington town centre take part in Quiet Hour - which offers a calmer and more relaxed atmosphere Details ➡️ https://t.co/4y0JOt2Ozd #LoveDarlo https://t.co/r98WZ65Xqr
05 May 2021 @13:00