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Onward travel from Darlington station is straightforward. There’s a taxi rank directly outside the station, and if you want to book in advance you can call Station Taxis on 01325 468 888. For easy bus travel at your destination, you can add a PlusBus ticket to your train ticket for £3.50 (£2.70 with a Railcard).
There are number of different ways to get cheap train tickets to Darlington. If you regularly travel to and from the city, a season ticket will cut the cost of your travel. A 16-25 Railcard can save you up to 1/3 on many of your train journeys. If you’re not eligible for a railcard, being flexible with your journey and travelling during off-peak times will help you with the cost of your ticket.
The first trains from Darlington run from around 05.15, with the last leaving the station just after midnight.
You’ll find a range of facilities at Darlington train station. There is a car park with 382 spaces, and 152 spaces for bikes at the station. There are seating areas and a first class lounge, as well as shops and cafes. You’ll also find accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
While Darlington sometimes feels a little unsung, it does have a lot to shout about. The world's first passenger railway began in Darlington and the trains have been rolling in ever since. Not least to sample some of the fantastic events, attractions and shopping that are to be had here. Thanks to those rail links this Tees Valley market town is also handy to get to, at just under an hour from Leeds and 1 hour 50 minutes from Manchester Piccadilly.
Tommy Cooper, Vera Lynn and Mickey Rooney have all travelled to Darlington and they all came to star in shows at the Edwardian gem that is the Darlington Civic Theatre. To catch local arts and music events, you should head to The Bridge for arts and for music to The Forum Music Centre. If nature is your bag then you should definitely get to Thornton Hall Gardens where you’ll find a beautiful Grade 1 listed building set in 3 distinct and spectacular walled gardens.
People travel to Darlington just for The Raby Hunt Restaurant, which has 2 Michelin stars and serves up incredible modern British food using seasonal produce. For Turkish and Mediterranean dishes that are a match for any appetite, Meze is a real hit with locals and visitors alike – there are only 4 tables though so get there early. For more authentic tasty bites to share, head to The Old Yard Tapas Bar, which has a great atmosphere and a bar that’s in the CAMRA (the real ale aficionados) guide.
A short walk from the station you’ll find the Bannatyne Hotel where guests can enjoy complimentary use of the health club and spa, which is on a different site 20-minute’s walk away. The Hall Garth Hotel & Country Club has its own golf course, swimming pool, jacuzzi, sauna, gymnasium and three beauty treatment rooms all set in an impressive period property. A 6-minute drive from the station is the Blackwell Grange Hotel that, they say themselves, is a “stunning 18th-century mansion”. The thing is, they’re right.
Darlington’s Victorian Covered Market has been open and serving since 1863 and is a brilliant way to get essentials as well as foodie treats and jewellery. For your high street fix head to Cornmill Shopping Centre where there are more than 50 stores to choose from, as well as food stops along the way. Finally, if the sun is shining and you want to wander the town centre then do it on a Monday or Saturday and you can combine it with the Outdoor Market while browsing the household wares.
For more ideas on what to do in Darlington, see Visit Darlington.
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