Picture Yourself in Darlington

DARLINGTON is a market town steeped in history – big enough to have a lively buzz, yet small enough to be a real community.

Named as one of the top ten places to live in the UK, Darlington has a low cost of living but a high quality of life.

Feethams Darlington, a £30m leisure complex, which boasts a nine-screen Vue cinema, hotel, bars and restaurants, opened in autumn 2016.

Not far from Feethams Darlington, you’ll find the Dolphin Centre, a bustling leisure centre featuring a gym, swimming pool, soft play area and café.

The grade II-listed Darlington Hippodrome has been entertaining audiences since 1907. New life was breathed into the venue in 2016/17, courtesy of a multi-million pound restoration which was sympathetic to the building’s Edwardian heritage while also delivering a venue fit for the 21st Century.

Elsewhere in the town centre, you’ll find a range of quality restaurants and bars, from reliable national chains to quirky independents catering to all tastes. Those looking for something special won’t be disappointed in Darlington, with the Raby Hunt in Summerhouse, in the rural outskirts of the Borough, is home to some of the finest dining in the North. Darlington is also home to Rockliffe Hall, the award-winning five-star hotel, spa and golf complex.

Darlington is a place where people, organisations and businesses work together to make great things happen, for example the 200th anniversary celebrations coming up in 2025 for the Stockton and Darlington Railway, the world’s first steam powered public railway.

Within easy reach of three National Parks – the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors – Darlington also has lots of green space of its own, with two Green Flag parks including the historic and beautiful South Park.

Darlington also boasts great transport links. It is great for getting around by road, rail and air. Handy for the A1(M) and Teesside International Airport, as well as being a major hub on the East Coast Mainline, with less than an hour’s travelling time to York and Newcastle.

Economic growth is at the heart of the council’s vision of Delivering Success For Darlington. Our excellent transport links have helped attract substantial inward investment, such as the recent opening of the Amazon fulfilment centre, which brought some 1,500 jobs.

If you’re thinking of putting down roots here, Darlington has a wide choice of housing featuring a mix of the old and the new, with plans for an extra 10,000 new homes by 2036. There is also a choice of good and outstanding schools and colleges.

All things considered, there’s only one question left to answer: What are you waiting for?