Learn about the history of County Durham's railways by taking the family to the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum. It's well within reach of Darlington's family-friendly hotels, and just a five minute drive to the north of the town's main train station.
Also known as the Head of Steam, this attraction is run by a dedicated team of volunteers, and contains archives of thousands of railway workers who were conscripted to fight in the First World War. The venue also offers an interesting account of the development of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, which opened in 1825 and was used to transport coal from County Durham to southern England.
See its carefully restored locomotives and model railway, then visit the souvenir shop to choose a gift to take home with you.
Choose a friendly bed and breakfast offering a delicious full-English or continental breakfast, or opt for a top-of-the-range five-star hotel such as Rockcliffe Hall, the perfect venue for special occasions such as romantic weekend getaways or corporate functions. Many hotels offer homely comforts such as tea and coffee amenities and en-suite bathrooms with complimentary toiletries, and some also provide 24-hour room service and flexible check in times.
Hotels in Darlington make an ideal base to explore many of County Durham's other attractions. One of them is Raby Castle in Staindrop, an enchanting 14th century Grade I-Listed building that is open seasonally and is renowned for its art collection and vast landscaped grounds. If you are a fan of the theatre, book a show at the Darlington Civic Theatre, which was established in the Edwardian area and holds various theatre shows, concerts, pantomimes, operas and other excellent live performances.
With WiFi available in virtually every hotel room in Darlington and County Durham, you can easily book online tickets to local entertainment venues from your own room. You can also contact your hotel reception for more recommendations on places to visit on where to eat out in Darlington.
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