Best known for its contributions to the birth of the modern railway, Darlington is steeped in locomotive history. From train-themed cafes to an elaborate transportation museum, this riverside community celebrates its industrial roots while showcasing a new wave of modern arts and culture.
Things to do in Darlington
Stroll along the Darlington Heritage Trail and discover the origins of Darlington’s town centre. Gain insider tips on the best places to eat, like the Edwardian Hole In The Wall pub and the 19th-century Bakehouse. Stop to admire St. Cuthbert’s, one of the oldest and most important churches in Northern England that’s served as a place of worship for over 1,000 years.
Step back in time with a visit to Piercebridge Roman Fort. Built along Dere Street, which was one of the most important thoroughfares in Roman Britain, Piercebridge is a fascinating example of Roman military ingenuity. Study ancient artefacts, meander through the restored ruins and relax by the River Tees.
Discover the stories and legends of the first railway pioneers at Darlington Railway Centre and Museum. Located along the original route of the world’s first public steam railway, this museum recounts the vivid history of trains and railroads in the United Kingdom. Don’t miss the Vintage Vehicle Rally’s collection of refurbished antique automobiles.
Jump behind the wheel of your dream car at Croft Race Circuit, where you can drive a selection of supercars, from a McLaren to a Ferrari Spider. Speed around a professional racing circuit and learn expert techniques straight from the pros. If you prefer to watch the action from afar, sit on the sideline at a race day instead.
Getting around Darlington
You can arrive by train at Darlington station, one hour from Leeds and 30 minutes from Newcastle. You can also fly into Durham Tees Valley Airport, a five-minute drive from town. Darlington is easily explored on foot, thanks to its mostly pedestrianised centre.