great for shopping and train museum
I can't go to the supermarket anymore because everybody there knows that Germans don't know parsnips
Great little Town.
CHURCH OF ENGLANDKnown locally as the railwaymans church, this grade II listed church was opened in January 1850. The foundation stone was laid in 1847. Money for the church was raised by subscription by George Hudson known as the railway king. John Middleton of York was the architect, he built it in the early English style.more
The clock tower is Darlington’s most famous landmark. It was a gift to the town from Joseph Pease. Joseph Pease was known in Darlington as “the father of the railway” (he started the Stockton-Darlington railway in 1826) he was also the first Quaker to be elected to parliament. The face of the clock was produced by Cooks of York and the bells cast...more
The Victorian Market hall is in the centre of Darlington. Darlington won “market of the year” in 2008 and a market has been a tradition here since the 17th Century.It was designed by Alfred Waterhouse, who was a Quaker, in 1860 and it took 4 years to complete. Waterhouse went on the design Manchester Town Hall and The Natural History Museum in...more
Dame Dorothy Brown presented the Market Cross to the people of Darlington in 1727. A market cross was used to mark a market town and is usually placed in the market place. Darlington’s Market cross was kept in storage for many years before being restored and placed here in 1993.more
This pub is believed to take its name from a hole in the medieval boundry wall that surrounded Darlington. George Butterfield was once landlord of the pub, he ran the fastest mile in 1906. He also represented Great Britain at the 1908 olympics in London. He died at the Somme in 1917.more
The Penny weight is a grade II listed building. In the 18th Century it was a common bakery where people would bring their uncooked bread and pies that they had made at home to be baked. They would pay for this service by the weight of their food. A set of scales hang from the front of the building. It is now a pub.more
CHURCH OF ENGLANDThis beautiful church is a Grade I listed building. The church was built in 1183 and named in honour of St Cuthbert whose sacred bones passed this way around 873 AD, when monks from Lindisfarne carried Cuthbert’s bones in a coffin on a cart to protect them against Viking invaders.The church is known locally as “the lady of the...more
I didn't expect the Ritz for this price but I did expect better value. The Room was clean with...more
This is one of the worst hotels that I have ever had the displeasure to stay in. To begin with, my...more
Blackwell Grange is an early 18th-century country house at Blackwell, near Darlington, County...more
As usual my first stop when I reach my destination is a coffeeshop, preferably Costa. If I know where Tourist Information is I would pick up some leaflets to flick through whilst I enjoy a delicious latte and maybe a lemon and poppy seed muffin. There was no Tourist Information in Darlington but I already had a print out of the Town Trail. After my...more
I visited this local cafe for a break from exploring. There was a varied menu with special offers but I just opted for a drink as I already had eaten. I ordered a large filter coffee and it came to 2.10 gbp. I enjoyed having my coffee there and would like to try lunch on a future visit. I just ordered a coffee.more
This Buffet and Takeaway offers a wide variety of Chinese and English Food. There is an all-you-can-eat buffet on site where there is a varied selection including starters, main courses and desserts.We paid 9.50 GBP each for the buffet and drinks are extra.The food was filling but satisfying. I had the buffet where I sampled a little of the dishes...more
Binns was a large department store business that started in the North-East of England in 1897.
Binns in Darlington was one of the first of the chain. It is situated in a non-listed building. George and Henry Binns who founded the company were Quakers as were many business men in the area.
The company was sold to The House of Frasier in the 1970’s but they decided to keep the binns name above this store.
What to buy: HOUSEHOLD GOODS
What to pay: HIGH STREET PRICES
The weekend of our visit co-incided with the Darlington Festival and seen here in the market square they are setting up for an evening tribute concert to Tamala Motown bands. Several other such events occur throughout the year and in September they have heritage "open days" when many properties offer free behind the scenes tours of the...more
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Darlington was founded in Saxon times on the River Skerne, a northern tributary of the Tees. The river runs past the church in the town centre and as you can see is nearly overflowing the banks due to the heavy rainfall that day - indeed there had been flood warnings. Some friends reckoned I could have arrived here by boat !
Luggage and bags: So what do you pack for a "Tilly Tour" ? Well you never know if its going to be sunshine, showers or flooded in the NE so a variety of clothes and equipment is needed to cover all eventualites......hmmm wonder if this lot will fit in the boot of the car ;-0
This river flows through Darlington and County Durham and is a tributary of the River Tees. The river is approximately 40 km (25 miles) long and begins at Trimdon and finishes at Hurworth Place where it joins the River Tees.In Darlington there is the Rockwell Nature Reserve which is by the River Skerne. Please see my tip for further details.more
Since 1849, Tees Cottage Pumping Station's engines pump water from the River Tees which then was filtered for the town's residents. This radically changed how water was previously accessed by residents! Today water continues to be pumped but to other sources and not to Darlington!Tees Cottage Pumping Station, on Coniscliffe Road, offers heritage...more
Here is my son playing at the park. When I was a child,my father sent me along with my sister to stay with a family in Darlington,The host were like another family to me.She had two boys of her own...I remember her saying that God gave her another 2 daughters(reffering to me and my sister).I treuly loved this lady as my own mother,she always stood...more
A lovely weekend away from home visiting our friends Steve and Susan at their home in Darlington - our 7th meeting if my memory serves me right. They were wonderful hosts to us, and fed us with lovely Nachos and fajitas and indian meals:-)We even dined in the garden the first night.Could have spent the weekend in the bathroom - it was huge!!Only...more