Live the Life
Located in County Durham just a short distance away from Middlesbrough, Darlington is a popular market town on the banks of the River Skerne in the North East of England. Whether you’re walking through the revamped town centre, discovering the old heritage railway line or taking part in local sports, there’s certainly no shortage of things to do on the doorstep of your new home in Darlington.
Things to see and do
Darlington is a bustling town offering its residents lots to see and do, whether you’re watching a show at The Civic Theatre, enjoying live music or comedy at The Forum Music Centre, or shopping in the many independent and designer shopping boutiques in the town centre.
The town also hosts lots of different events throughout the year, including the Darlington Pride Festival, the Rhythm‘n’Blues festival and the Darlington 10K. For sports fans, Darlington is home to Darlington Railway Athletic football team and Darlington Mowden Park R.F.C, while The Dolphin Centre is a great facility for swimmers and gym-goers.
Darlington also has an interesting railway heritage, with exhibits at Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum taking visitors through the town’s history. David Mach’s train sculpture, made entirely of bricks and located at Morrisons Morton Park, is also worth a visit.
Other places of interest in or near to the town include Darlington Library, Raby Castle, Walworth Birds of Prey, Hardwick Park, Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium and Richmond Castle. Middlesbrough is just a short drive away, where you’ll find the Institute of Modern Art, Dorman Museum and Newham Grange Country Farm.
There are a number of excellent schools in Darlington, so you can rest assured that your children will get a very good education. St John’s Church for England Academy, St Augustine’s Roman Catholic Primary, Abbey Infants’ School and St George’s Church of England Academy are all rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, along with Carmel College, Hurworth School and Egglescliffe School. UTC South Durham, Yarm School and Teesside High School all provide independent education.
For further and higher education, the town is home to Darlington College Campus and Teesside University Darlington Campus.
Getting to Darlington
Darlington is well connected to towns and cities throughout the UK by road and rail. The town is close to the A1(M) which runs north and south, while the train station has regular services to London, Leeds. Manchester, Edinburgh and Newcastle, as well as smaller stops on the Tees Valley Line. Darlington is also a bike-friendly town, especially after major investments in the local cycle routes and trails.
Travelling from London King’s Cross, Darlington is just two hours 20 minutes away on the Virgin Trains East Coast service. The equivalent journey would take almost five hours by car. Darlington is 20 minutes away from Middlesbrough by car and 30 minutes by train, while the town can be reached in 50 minutes from Newcastle by car, or 30 minutes by train.
For international travel, Durham Tees Valley Airport is close to Darlington, and the bigger and busier Newcastle International Airport is a 50-minute drive north of the town.
Help to Buy Darlington
In Darlington you can take advantage of Help to Buy North East if you are a first time buyer. Take a look at the Help to Buy North East page to find out how the scheme works and how it can help you move.