Darlington town guide
Located on the eastern side of England, on the edge of the Teeside conurbation, Darlington has a fascinating history. From its early days as an Anglo-Saxon settlement on the River Skerne, the town developed into a Norman borough and an important market town.
Darlington's place in history was assured when it became one of the termini of the world's first public railway, The Stockton to Darlington Railway. Developed mainly for the carriage of coal. George Stephenson's original `Locomotion Number One', the locomotive that hauled the train on the historic opening of the Stockton and Darlington Railway can still be seen in Darlington today on display in the town's fascinating North Road Station Museum.
Not far from Darlington the visitor can find many interesting attractions. A hire car will allow the visitor to reach many of with ease. The city of Durham, to the north has one of England's finest cathedrals set in a magnificent location on the River Wear.
A little further than Durham can be found the superb open-air museum of industry at Beamish. There is much to both entertain and intrigue the visitor here.
Within easy reach to the South of Darlington can be found two of England's National Parks, The Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. Time spent exploring these parks will reward the visitor with magnificent views of upland scenery.