Welcome to This is Darlington

Visitors Guide To Darlington


Welcome to This is Darlington - your guide to accommodation, restaurants, bars and entertainment in Darlington!

There is a real buzz in Darlington, where vibrant street theatre sits hand in hand with the attractive Quaker architecture of High Row, the Town Clock and Victorian Market Hall, which preside over the new pedestrianised town centre.

Discover its many pleasures for yourself - stroll around the town centre, dip a toe in the Water Cascade sculpture or sit and watch the world go by from a pavement café.

With more independent and designer shops than many other towns of a similar size, it is a smart choice for shoppers where you are guaranteed to find something different.

When the lights go down, dress up for an evening at the Edwardian Civic Theatre, or enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere at the Arts Centre and Forum Music Centre. There are also plenty of amazing restaurants, stylish bars, clubs and award-winning real ale bars in which to find that great North Eastern welcome. Darlington folk are justifiably proud of the town's world famous rail heritage so no trip would be complete without a visit to the Darlington Railway Centre & Museum to see Stephenson's 'Locomotion' and enjoy family fun events.

Darlington has plenty of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets - from 5 star golf and spar resorts to cosy bed and breakfasts you're sure to find somewhere to rest your head!




Watercolour for Beginners – Starts Wednesday 4th September 2013

Watercolour for Beginners A complete course in watercolour landscape painting with Professional Artist Peter Woolley in Richmond. The course runs for 10 weekly sessions; the duration of each session is 2 hours. All sessions feature full tuition with demonstrations. Printed information sheets and full on-line support are also provided. Applicants will be advised of required […]

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Toby Carvery

Toby Carvery Darlington is open for business. Come in and see us for a warm welcome and a great 4 roast carvery selection every day. Every day we lay on a family-sized feast of freshly cooked joints, eight lots of veg and the full monty of accompaniments. So for a roast dinner just the way […]

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Darlington Sunday Peoples Market

A NEW market will be held once a month on the first Sunday of every month in Darlington town centre to bring Sunday shoppers more variety and choice of high quality products. The Sunday People’s Market, is being held on Blackwellgate, West Row and High Row, and will offer shoppers distinctive, high end products from […]

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The Old Farmhouse

The Old Farmhouse in Darlington is a country pub & restaurant oozing rural charm and rustic character. Our picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on our menu, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines gracing our bar. Choose from fresh, inspiring fish dishes and hearty, comforting classics. […]

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Old Images of Darlington – Page 7

Old Images of Darlington

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Old Images of Darlington – Page 6

Old Images of Darlington

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Old Images of Darlington – Page 5

Old Images of Darlington

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Barney Big Bash

After the success of it’s first event Barney Big Bash will return to Rugby Fields, Barnard Castle in County Durham for another three-day extravaganza. The August Bank Holiday weekender features ska, blues and tribute acts across its two stages. On Saturday we begin at noon, a great day of Rock and R&B. Sunday has a […]

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What’s On in Darlington

Darlington What’s On and Events Guide. View full listings for all music, theatre and live events showing in and around Darlington.  

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Queens Arcade

With over 20 shops the Queens Arcade offers you a unique shopping experience. Bringing you fresh produce of vegetables, meat and flowers …..Music, books, hi-fi & videos and stationery. Situated in a recently refurbished modern arcade.  

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Darlington Civic Theatre

An historic building with a reputation for providing outstanding entertainment. Over the years many famous names have appeared at the theatre, including Anna Pavlova, Tommy Cooper, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rex Harrison, Dame Vera Lynn and Mickey Rooney. The Civic Theatre still attracts the biggest names in the theatre world and is a sought after venue for […]

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Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Centre and Museum

Experience the atmosphere of the steam railway age and see Stephenson’s Locomotion No 1. Step back in time as you enter the historic North Road passenger station, dating from 1842. Head of Steam – Darlington RailwayMuseum is a symbol of Darlington’s history as the ‘birthplace of the railways’. The museum itself is on the original […]

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Odeon Cinema Times

The Odeon Darlington is located on Northgate, which is the main North Road in and out of Darlington Town Centre. The cinema has three screens with capacity for 800 cinema goers. There is a KFC and Pizza King restaurant nearby. Odeon Darlington has no dedicated car parking facilities therefore the parking is off-road or the […]

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Piercebridge Roman Fort

Piercebridge Roman Fort features interpreted remains of a fort site known as Morbium, which dates back to around AD270. Some of the finds from this historic site are on display at the nearby Bowes Museum. The fort itself was built around 260-270AD and was maintained from c.290-350AD, with some later development. The fort appears to […]

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Tees Cottage Pumping Station

Tees Cottage Pumping Station is a Victorian waterworks in Darlington

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Archers Jersey Dairy Ice Cream

Open all year round 10.00

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Binns – House of Fraser

With over one hundred brand names to choose from, Binn’s offers you the very best shopping experience. Located within a victorian building, Binns is situated on High row, right in the heart of town. There’s a total of five floors you can wander around and a vast number of ares on each floor including: womensware, […]

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Newbus Grange Country Park Camping & Caravan Parks

Newbus Grange Country Park is a beautiful holiday retreat, situated between the pretty villages of Neasham and Hurworth in what was once the rose gardens of a country house. Although only a couple of miles from all the facilities you could need, Newbus Grange takes you to a delightfully different world of peace and tranquillity. […]

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Darlington Journey Planner

Visit the Local Motion journey planner for a reliable and convenient way to plan your journey in Darlington.

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The Forum Music Centre

Where else in Darlington can you watch blues, rock, reggae, opera, jazz, live comedians, orchestras and brass bands… learn to play African percussion, didgeridoo, bass, guitar, drums… rehearse your act, perform in front of a live audience, record a professionally reproduced album or promote your own musical skills? The Forum, Darlington’s home for live music. […]

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Darlington Arts Centre

Darlington Arts Centre is housed in a splendid Victorian Building. It is a lively bustling venue hosting arts events and activities for all ages and interests at all times of the day and night. Regular activities include children’s holiday workshops, film, theatre, dance and music. Formerly a teacher training college, Darlington Arts Centre is one […]

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Darlington Tourist Information

To contact Darlington Tourist Information; Information Darlington, 13 Horsemarket, Darlington, DL1 5PW. tel: +44 (0)1325 388666 web: www.visitdarlington.net email: tic@darlington.gov.uk

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Darlington Weather

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Darlington – The Early Years

Darlington began as a Saxon village. It first appeared in writing in the early 11th century when it was called Dearthingtun. Its name was probably originally Deornoth ing tun. Deaornoth was man. The word ‘ing’ meant belonging to and tun meant farm or hamlet. So it was the estate belonging to Deaornoth. St Cuthbert’s Church […]

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The Fire of Darlington

In 1585 Darlington suffered a disastrous fire. It started on 7 May 1585 around midday, the fire spread quickly as most houses were built of wood and had straw roofs. Unfortunately water was scarce because of a drought and people desperately used milk and beer to try and dowse the flames. In all 273 houses were […]

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The name Darlington

No one can say for sure where the name ‘Darlington’ originates, its thought its made up from very small words and has changed throughout its history. We know the elements ‘ing’ and ‘ton’ are from the Anglo-Saxon period. ‘Ing’ refers to a family group and ‘ton’ is a small enclosed farm. The first recorded form […]

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Visit Darlington

Darlington, a contemporary market town with a pedestrianised, compact town centre where shopaholics can discover what makes Darlington special: its range of designer and independent shops and quality markets with a gorgeous lunch in a continental cafe. Darlington folk are justifiably proud of the town’s world famous rail heritage so no trip would be complete […]

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Darlington Borough Council News

All the latest News from Darlington Borough Council- updated everyday.

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Darlington Borough Council job vacancies

Job vacancies from Darlington Borough Council:

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Gala Bingo Darlington

Gala Bingo is one of the best places to go where you can have a drink, a bite to eat and also win prize money so you can leave with more money than you came with!! They also offer you a safe, secure and friendly environment, which is either a great place to bring your […]

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