Darlington is one of the largest towns to the south of County Durham. It’s midway between the coast and the Pennines, with the bonus of the A1(M) nearby for easy north-south travel throughout the county and into neighbouring North Yorkshire and Tyne & Wear.
Most of the town centre has been pedestrianised, making it a family-friendly place to do your shopping. With Teesside International Airport just 5 miles away, this is an ideal home and away location for a new home
Town and city
Darlington has all the amenities and facilities of an important market and manufacturing town. There are some big employers in the town in the service and telecommunications sectors which is another reason that new homes here are very popular. For that friendly local feel, there’s a great indoor market on Mondays and Saturdays in the original marketplace, and the Hippodrome takes care of entertainment for all the family. For a taste of city life, it’s an easy trip to Newcastle upon Tyne by road or rail.
Coast and countryside
For day trips out of town, you can choose the coast to the east or the countryside to the west. The coast just beyond Middlesbrough is home to the beaches at Hartlepool, Seaton Carew and Coatham (Redcar). Easy access to the countryside gives you two excellent choices - the North Pennines Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and the Yorkshire Dales National Park.
Road and rail
The A1(M) is a vital link between the north and the south. You can join it at Junction 58 just north of the town, or at Junction 57 to the south. The A66, A68 and A167 are the other main routes serving the town. Darlington is a key station on the East Coast main line. It only takes about 30 minutes to reach Newcastle upon Tyne or Middlesbrough by train. The average journey time to London Kings Cross is just under 3 hours.