Darlington is a large historic market town in County Durham. Darlington is famous for the invention of the world's first steam locomotive powered, permanent passenger railway, the Stockton and Darlington Railway; this led to substantial development of Darlington in the 19th century.
Darlington is full of history and so are its houses. With plenty of Georgian and Victorian terrace streets close to the town centre, and new and modern estates on the outskirts, Darlington provides homes to suit all buyers’ budgets.
Darlington has an approximate population of 106,000 residents. The average age is 46, with families and young professionals choosing to live in the centre due to employment.
There are a number of Ofsted rated outstanding and good schools throughout the town; Carmel College particularly stands out for juniors and Sixth Form, boasting an outstanding Ofsted rating with many of the primary schools sitting at Good.
Shopping and Leisure
The Cornmill shopping centre is in the centre of Darlington providing high street names such as HMV, Primark, Next and plenty more. Along with the independent traders in the historic market hall, there are a variety of independent gift and sweet shops. Darlington also holds a weekly cattle market.
Morrison’s and Sainsburys are a short drive from the centre.
Pubs and Restaurants
Darlington’s nightlife provides everything from independent real ale pubs to champagne and cocktail bars. The market square holds an annual Rhythm and Brews event, with local bands also playing in the local pubs and bars.
Whether it is a quick snack or a fine dining experience, Darlington has an extensive choice of cuisines from around the world. With family ran cafes providing full English breakfasts, to fine dining restaurants, including the award-winning Orangery at Rockliffe Hall.
There is plenty to do in Darlington, no matter what your interests.
The Hippodrome Theatre, a historic theatre dating back to 1907, hosts regular musicals, shows, comedies and yearly pantomimes.
Given the town's railway heritage, we would always recommend the Head of Steam Railway Museum (formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum). A fantastic trip out for all of the family!
If you are looking for something to do outdoors, South Park is a historic park in the centre of Darlington. Whether you simply would just like to enjoy your surroundings, or if you are looking to listen to free outdoor concerts, or even discover the parrots in the aviary, there is something for everyone.
Darlington has been confirmed to be the new location for Treasury North with 750 civil servants relocating from London.
In addition, Teesside will be the UK's first - and largest - free port after a landmark announcement by the Chancellor in the new Budget.
A key part of Teesside's plan for jobs, the Teesside Freeport will create 18,000 skilled, good-quality jobs within five years, boost the local economy by £3.4bn and support offshore wind, clean energy, chemicals and process, and advanced manufacturing sectors.
Darlington is well situated, being 25 miles south of Durham and 38 miles from Newcastle upon Tyne; the A1(M) is just 2.5 miles from the centre.
Darlington has its own railway station which provides national links; for example, you can arrive in London within three hours.
Teesside International Airport is a 10-minute drive from Darlington, allowing you to travel to the Mediterranean, with ease.