Why move to . . . Darlington

PUBLISHED: 01:17 13 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:33 20 February 2013

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Quality is the keyword in Darlington, an attractive market town at the centre of a vast area of fantastic countryside stretching from the Pennines to the towns of the Tees estuary.

Quality is the keyword in Darlington, an attractive market town at the centre of a vast area of fantastic countryside stretching from the Pennines to the towns of the Tees estuary.


Close to the major intersection of the A1 and the trans-Pennine A66 and, thanks to its strong heritage as a pioneering railway town, slap bang on
the main East Coast rail line, Darlington is sought-after as a place to live for a host of reasons.


It offers an excellent standard of living, having a significant stock of fine residential areas ranging from leafy Victorian avenues to modern housing developments, a good choice of attractive apartments and very reasonable starter homes in well-maintained and largely privately-owned terraces.


Darlington has excellent leisure facilities, with sports centres, parks, golf courses, county-standard rugby and cricket facilities and the best non-league football stadium in Britain where suites of riooms can be hired on non-match days for meetings and functions. There is a popular professional theatre, the Civic, that attracts major touring productions.


Darlington has a vibrant evening economy in Darlington, with excellent restaurants and well-maintained and managed pubs and hotels, all within easy walking distance of any of the town centres car parks.


The town also offers excellent shopping, featuring most of the big-name High Street outlets and supermarkets and a host of bespoke and specialist shops and outfitters in the attractive and traffic-free wynds and lanes just off the main town centre roads.


Darlington has been a favoured place of settlement since Saxon times, when a hamlet was established on the River Skerne, a tributary of the Tees, which runs just to the south of the town.


In addition to the excellent road and rail links, it is 20 minutes drive from Durham Tees Valley Airport and half an hour by train from both Newcastle
and York.


Darlingtons railway heritage extends back to the worlds first passenger line that ran from the town to Stockton and became an important centre for railway engineering. In its heyday there were three large works making locomotives and goods wagons. Head of Steam, the towns railway centre and museum, is located on the 1825 route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.

Things to do in Darlington

Whether youre here for a short break, day trip or just enjoying some leisure time, Darlington has plenty to keep you amused.

Dont miss the award-winning Art in the Yards with its Art in the Yards mini trail guide, explaining about 17 artworks around the town centre.
Explore the compact town centre on a new heritage trail which uncovers delightful sights, quirky facts and fascinating tales in parts of the town you would perhaps never find.

Explore the Darlington countryside. Stroll the lazy River Tees, discover sculptures at West Park or relax in the 91 acres of South Park. The nearby Heighington Village won Britains Best Village in the BBC TV series and the Time Team have filmed at nearby Piercebridge and medieval Ulnaby in recent years.

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