If you're visiting north east England, Darlington is a great place to relax and unwind with unique heritage and contemporary attractions, and this award-winning, floral town will certainly surprise and delight you!
Darlington has been a regional centre since Saxon times, and rose to prominence with the opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1825. Justifiably proud of its railway pioneers, Darlington celebrates its rail heritage at the Railway Centre & Museum, which houses the world's first passenger-pulling locomotive, "Locomotion No 1" and today celebrates rail heritage with a contemporary twist with the stunning floral replica of Locomotion and the spectacular life size brick sculpture "Train", an all-year-round attraction at the side of the A66.
A shopper's paradise, Darlington boasts twice weekly open air markets, monthly Farmer's Markets and speciality French and seasonal Christmas markets plus an original Victorian Market Hall - as befits a pioneering market town. Modern, bright and airy shopping malls and designer/speciality outlets in the medieval-like Yards and Wynds or the up-market Imperial Quarter, complete the shopping mix in a town which is compact and easy to get around. After a fun-filled shopping session, take a break and relax in an aroma-filled continental café or bistro to watch the world go by.
By day or night, Darlington offers plenty of entertainment to choose from, ranging from street theatre, live music, art exhibitions, a 51 acre town centre park, hugely successful Edwardian theatre and award-winning Dolphin Leisure complex, plus great pubs, bars and restaurants.