Visitor information

Darlington is a town full of history and culture. If you are visiting us, this page contains lots of useful information to help you make the most out of your trip!

Weather in Darlington [external link]


Darlington has a full programme of events - in order to find out more (as well as sign up to weekly emails!) please visit our events section.

For information about community events taking place in and around Darlington why not visit the what’s on guide [external link].


Our Democratic pages provide a history of Darlington, including information about the old Town Hall

Darlington Heritage Trail [external link] is a great way of discovering the heritage of the Town Centre - it only takes a couple of hours to complete and will allow you to find out lots of fascinating facts about the town - for example, did you know that parts of The Fast Show were filmed in the Cornmill Centre, or that Jimi Hendrix played here in 1967?

Piercebridge Roman Fort was built in around 270AD and is free to view. Parking is kindly provided by The George Hotel, which is based nearby.

St. Cuthbert's Church [external link] dates from 1180 and is based in the Town Centre opposite the Town Hall.

Heritage Open Days take place nationally in September - visit our events section to find out who is taking part and how to book.

There was an archaeological dig at the rear of the Town Hall in late 2013 - find out more about what was discovered.

More information about hidden gems in Darlington [external link]

Museum - Head of Steam

Head of Steam is is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, the world's first steam-worked public railway. It tells the story of the history of railways in the North East. Come and find out the stories of the railway pioneers, view Localmotion No.1 and the Derwent whilst keeping an eye out for the ghosts which are meant to haunt the railways!

There are also several events on throughout the year, including the Vintage Vehicle Rally, Roman Day and Santa at the Head of Steam which is always a big hit with kids!

Town Centre

Darlington Town Centre is a blend of the old and the new, with many independent shops complementing well-know high street retailers.

Darlington has an excellent reputation as a market town. An open market is held twice a week. The Summer Spectacular and Christingle Markets are huge events, with entertainment, arts and craft stalls and a wide range of food stalls. The covered market is open Monday to Saturday, all year 

There is plenty of off and on road car parking in the Town Centre, with parking only costing £1 for the whole day on Sundays.

Arts and entertainment

Darlington Civic Theatre [external link] has something for everyone - from musicals to drama - not forgetting the popular Pantomime season! It opened its doors in 1907 and has attracted such names as Anna Pavlova, Tommy Cooper and Dame Vera Lynn.

The Forum [external link] is home to a number of gigs as well as a weekly film club and cafe bar.

Darlington for Culture [external link] provides more information about the programme of activities available in Darlington

There are many examples of public art [external link] in Darlington - the most iconic being David Mach's brick Train which is based at Morton Park (near Morrisons). The Resurgence sculpture at the front of the Town Hall celebrates Darlington's engineering history.

Crown Street Gallery is based at Crown Street Library and champions innovative and exciting new artwork by local and regional artists, community groups and young people.

Darlington has two libraries - Crown Street and Cockerton. Membership is open to everyone and is free of charge, and both libraries provide events for both children and adults.

Croft Circuit [external link] hosts prestigious motorsports event such as British Touring Cars and club level racing.

Sports and Leisure

The Dolphin Centre contains a swimming pool, gym and hosts several fitness classes - including the ever-popular Zumba! There is also a bistro with a pavement cafe where you can relax with a drink and some food and watch the world go by.

Eastbourne Sports Complex has a gym, climbing wall and eight lane athletic track

Our sports activity directory contains a comprehensive list of all the sport classes happening in Darlington - where there is something for everyone regardless of age or fitness levels.

Parks and rights of way

Darlington has several green spaces and parks. Come visit the Victorian splendour of South Park or the recently developed West Park.

Darlington's Rights of way network covers 216 miles. The popular Teesdale Way passes through Darlington.

Darlington does not have a Tourist Information Centre, but leaflets containing information about what to do, as well as transport information are available from the Dolphin Centre, Town Hall and Crown Street Library.