Darlington is a fantastic example of a town that combines the best of the old and the new, with a variety of contemporary facilities as well as a number of historic attractions. The town has a proud heritage with a history that dates back to the Anglo Saxons and historic achievements such as hosting the first passenger train journey in the world on the Stockton and Darlington Railway
Located close to the scenic Northumberland coast and Yorkshire Dales and around 20 miles from Durham, Darlington is perfect for a weekend break or a longer stay, giving visitors the opportunity to also visit the many attractions surrounding the town. Major attractions in the town itself include one of northern England's oldest churches, St Cuthbert's. Museums such as the Head of Steam, celebrating Darlington's proud railway heritage, and Piercebridge Roman Fort, are located just outside the town.
Sports and fitness fans can find a variety of sports facilities in any of the town's leisure centres, including the Dolphin Leisure Centre, featuring state of the art facilities for sports such as swimming, diving, racquet sports and climbing. The town is also home to sports teams including Darlingtonm Rugby Club who also share a ground with Darlington Football Club, or the Quakers, named after the Quakers who made a number of important contributions to the town's development throughout history.
Historically, the railway was essential to Darlington's economy and the town once had a total of three locomotive works. Other major industries in the town's history include the publishing industry and engineering, producing large, impressive bridges to cross rivers all over the world. However, the local economy now relies less on manufacturing and more on the service industry.