Darlington Travel Guide

  • The Darlington 'Brick Train'
    The Darlington 'Brick Train'
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  • The Darlington 'Brick Train'
    The Darlington 'Brick Train'
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  • The Darlington 'Brick Train'
    The Darlington 'Brick Train'
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Darlington Highlights

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     great for shopping and train museum 

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     I can't go to the supermarket anymore because everybody there knows that Germans don't know parsnips 

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     Great little Town. 

Darlington Things to Do

  • The Darlington 'Brick Train'

    This sculpture was commissioned by David Mach who created it in 1997 to celebrate Darlington's rich railway heritage. The 'Brick Train' was opened the same year and is situated next to Morrisons at Morton Park Industrial Estate.185,000 bricks were used in constructing the 'Brick Train' along with 170 cubic metres of concrete. It took just over five...

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  • ST JOHN THE EVANGELIST

    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.

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  • SLOANES BILLIARD ROOM

    Built in 1907 as a billiard hall. There are tiles and panels still in the building form that period. It is now a furniture business.

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  • THE MECHANICS INSTITUTE

    The Mechanics institute was built in 1854 to educate working men, many of these institutes were built around the country at that time.The building was designed by Joseph Sparkes. It is now night club called “Flares” and it has also been a bank.

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  • HIGH ROW

    High row is Darlington’s main shopping street. Cattle were once sold here as part of the market area. It was also once part of “the great north road” from London to Edinburgh.

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  • THE CLOCK TOWER

    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...

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  • THE MARKET HALL

    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...

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  • THE MARKET CROSS

    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.

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  • THE HOLE IN THE WALL

    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.

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Darlington Hotels

Darlington Restaurants

  • A Filling Start to the Day!

    My parents, niece and I had breakfast at the Toby Carvery. We had a filling but satisfying breakfast at Toby's. It only cost us 5.00-6.00 gbp (December 2013) each including a drink for which I had an orange juice.This pleasant restaurant is infamous for its carvery which is served daily. Please check out the website for more information. We opted...

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  • MY FIRST PORT OF CALL

    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...

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  • Perfect place for a Cuppa!

    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.

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  • A Wide Variety of Food

    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...

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  • Steve's Cafe

    Well Steve forgot to mention he had a cafe in Darlington ;-) Its just by the market square so handy for a snack on the go whilst shopping. Don't think they have Buffalo burgers though ;-S

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  • Tapas

    It is quite a small restaurant, but excellent quality. Most of the dishes are around ý3 - ý4 each and they are quite reasonable portions (I think we ordered 11 dishes between 3 of us and it was quite adequate!). There was also a good selection of desserts to choose from and liquor coffees. The food arrived quickly after we ordered and the staff...

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Darlington Transportation

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    I took the Express train from London to darlignton,the ride was very comfortable.I purchesed a whole year discount card.

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  • Tilly Tour Transport

    This is the very comfortable mode of transport used for the Tilly Tour :-) Comes complete with friendly and knowledgable guide - good friends only need apply ;-0 Will take you to see as many places as possible in a limited time!

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  • Darlington Station

    We arrived at Darlington from Liverpool on the Trans Penine Express. Bank Top station is the main railway station in Darlington and forms an important stop on the East Coast main line

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Darlington Shopping

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    by alyf1961 Written Apr 27, 2013

    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
    CLOTHES
    TOILETRIES
    FURNITURE

    What to pay: HIGH STREET PRICES

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Darlington Local Customs

  • Darlington Festivals

    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...

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  • Blooming Darlington

    All around Darlington you'll see an abundance of floral displays - apart from the floral locomotion. Even bus shelters get the flower treatment and its not surprising when you learn that Darlington has won numerous awards for "Northumbria in Bloom".

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  • Darlington Hotels

    28 Hotels in Darlington

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Darlington Warnings and Dangers

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    River Skerne

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 25, 2004

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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 !

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Darlington What to Pack

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    just a few things for the weekend...

    by sandysmith Updated Aug 23, 2004

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    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

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Darlington Off The Beaten Path

  • River Skerne

    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.

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  • Tees Cottage Pumping Station

    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...

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  • The Tubwell

    The Tubwell is a Victorian-style pump which is one of Darlington's first public wells. The water was undrinkable from the nearby River Skerne so it was essential to the town's public health to have a well.

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Darlington Favorites

  • Blackwell

    Blackwell is a suburb in the borough of Darlington and the ceremonial county of County Durham. It is situated towards the edge of the West End of Darlington, beside the River Tees. Blackwell consists of large 1930s style semi-detached and detached houses, and private, newly built homes. Blackwell Grange is an 18th-century country house converted...

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  • A River

    Oh so many times that I played next to this river,to me coming from Saudi Arabia,,seeing this was just wonderful..water....greenary...trees...even Nettles....some new experiences! Here is My daughter pausing next this national treasure,,,hehehehe

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  • With the Jones family

    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...

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THE PENNYWEIGHT
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RESURGENCE SCULPTURE
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THE TOWN HALL
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ST CUTHBERTS CHURCH
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RAIL TRACKS
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THE MARKET PLACE
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St Augustine's Church
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Edward Pease Free Library
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Friends' Meeting House & Burial Ground
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St Cuthbert's Church
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Clock Tower
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Market Hall
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Old Town Hall
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Market Cross
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Darlington's Yards & Wynds
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The Mechanics' Institute
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Pease House and Heritage Fountain
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Bull Wynd
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South Park
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Broken Scar Reservoir and the River Tees
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Rockwell Local Nature Reserve & River Skerne
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Water Pump
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Yards and Wynds
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Railway Museum Exhibits
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Darlington
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Station Toilets
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Visiting Friends
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Quaker Connections
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Victorian Covered Market
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Grand building
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Darlington Coaches
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Derwent
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The Brick Train
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Blue Peter
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Railway Museum
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Floral Locomotion
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Civic Theatre
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Market place
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