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Things to Do in Darlington

50 ways to enhance your stay...

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If you’re without a car… 

  • Shopping in Darlington town centre
  • Visit the health club and spa
  • Walk around South Park
  • Afternoon tea in the hotel
  • Dolphin Centre
  • Visit Richmond and the Castle (Bus)
  • Visit Barnard Castle (Bus)
  • Visit York City & Cathedral (Train)

 If you’ve brought your car…

  • Visit Durham City & Cathedral
  • Kielder Water and Forest Park
  • Alnwick Castle
  • Bamburgh Castle
  • Preston Hall Museum and Park
  • Visit the Dales
  • White Scar Cave, Ingleton
  • Raby Castle
  • Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
  • Visit Newcastle or Durham
  • Visit Whitby
  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
  • Thorp Perrow Arboretum

If the sun is shining…

  • Hartlepool Maritime Experience
  • Visit ruins of Easby Abbey, Richmond
  • Walk along the river Swale and waterfalls in Richmond
  • Wensleydale Railway
  • Hardwick Country Park
  • High Force Waterfall
  • Whitworth Hall Country Park
  • Crook Hall and Gardens
  • Durham Botanic Gardens
  • Hamsterley Forest
  • Northumberland Coast

If it rains…

  • Darlington Railway Museum
  • Vue Cinema, Darlington
  • Metro Centre
  • Butterfly World near Stockton
  • Yorkshire Air Museum near York
  • Green Howards Museum – Richmond
  • Bowes Museum
  • Railway Museum, York
  • Jorvik Centre, York
  • Life Science Centre, Newcastle
  • Shopping at Teesside Park
  • Darlington Hippodrome

If you have children…

  • Diggerland
  • Flamingo Land
  • Feed the ducks in South Park
  • Wet n Wild
  • Beamish
  • Bowling at Hollywood Bowl, Teesside Park
  • Hall Hill Farm
  • Adventure Valley, Durham
  • Top Gear Karting, Durham
  • Lightwater Valley, Ripon
  • Mother Shipton's Cave, Knaresborough