The market town of Darlington is located in County Durham, in Northeast England. It lies on the banks of the River Skerne, with the North Pennines and Yorkshire Dales to its west and the North York Moors to its east. Darlington became an industrial centre during the 19th century, thanks to investment by wealthy Quaker families. It also played a role in the birth of the railway, when George Stephenson’s engine Locomotion No.1 travelled from Shildon to Stockton-on-Tees, via Darlington. Explore the town from your holiday cottage in Darlington and you will discover a variety of independent shops. There are also some great places to eat and drink, including the award-winning Raby Hunt, which has a reputation for serving delicious food prepared with fresh, seasonal ingredients. The Hole in the Wall, the Pennyweight and the Quakerhouse are all charming pubs in the town centre. 

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Town Farm is a luxury holiday cottage in the Yorkshire Dales near Barnard Castle. This large holiday home with a hot tub spoils guests with high-quality furnishings in every room as well as spacious gardens which invite relaxation and socialising for families and large groups. Sleeps 10.

There are many historic sites to explore on self-catering holidays in Darlington, including Piercebridge Roman Fort, one of a number of forts built on Dere Street, which was once one of the most important Roman roads in Britain. An impressive 19th century clock tower overlooks the town square, while opposite the town hall, St. Cuthbert’s is a graceful church dating back to 1180. The Head of Steam Museum is well worth a visit, with fascinating exhibits on the history of the railway in the Northeast. Darlington is renowned for its family-friendly annual events, including the Vintage Vehicle Rally and Roman Day. 

Many of the region’s best attractions can be reached within a few miles of Darlington holiday cottages. Walworth Castle is just west of the town and dates from the 11th century. There is an excellent birds of prey centre which is always a hit with kids. Beautiful walks can be enjoyed in the woods, dales and moors around Darlington.