Darlington Tourist Information

To find that wonderful balance between rural beauty and contemporary culture, look no further than the attractive market town of Darlington, with its unique mesh of religious and industrial heritage and a buzzing modern pedestrianised town centre, guaranteed to leave you with memories to last a lifetime.

Situated in the charming Clark’s Yard and Buckton’s Yard in the heart of Darlington is the award-winning Art in the Yards, an inspirational sight for lovers of both art and education, showcasing an eclectic mix of art pieces by talented local sixth form college students. Art admirers would also be delighted by a trip to Darlington Arts Centre, with its stunning outdoor water sculpture and host of varied performances and activities including visual arts, theatre, film and music. Also sustaining the town’s vibrant arts culture is the Darlington Civic Theatre, a marvellous auditorium recently celebrating its centenary that hosts a wide range of productions and famous acts from around the country.

Awarded ‘Market of the Year’ in 2008, Darlington’s traditional markets are held both indoors, in the charming Victorian Market Hall, and outside on the bustling town square, promising first-rate, old-fashioned service and high-quality goods at great prices to make your shopping experience truly memorable. The frequently held Craft Markets, Farmers’ Markets and Continental Markets form the perfect complement to the delightful independent shops and high-street retailers to be found both in the town centre as well as in the Cornmill Centre and Queen Street Centre, Darlington’s two shopping plazas.

For a breath of fresh air and a taste of the outdoors, visit the scenic 91-acre Victorian South Park, complete with award-winning floral displays and luxuriant ancient redwood trees. Alternatively, West Park, at Faverdale, offers a more modern experience, with a 12-hectare sculpture garden and three remarkable poetry bridges where you can enjoy a quiet moment to yourself.

Darlington’s one-of-a-kind way of life stems from its fascinating heritage, ranging from Roman roots to Quaker influences, all of which can be discovered at Darlington’s Head of Steam Railway Museum or by taking specially themed walks through Darlington’s historic town centre. True history buffs can also journey out to Piercebridge Roman Fort, where one can learn about Darlington’s Roman predecessors.

With so much to see and do, there will never be a dull moment during your visit to Darlington, and the town’s welcoming atmosphere and lovely community is certain to keep you coming back year upon year.

Interesting fact: David Mach’s public life-sized sculpture ‘Train’, commemorating Darlington’s contribution to the railway system, was built from a whopping 185,000 bricks, and was claimed to be the largest single piece sculpture in the United Kingdom at the time of construction.

Things to see and do around Darlington:

Archers Farm
Art in the Yards
Arts Centre and Civic Theatre 
Cornmill Centre
Croft Circuit
Forum Music Centre
Dolphin Centre
Head of Steam Railway Museum
Jubilee Lakes
Market Hall
Queen Street Centre
South Park
West Park
Heighington Village
Medieval Ulnaby