About Darlington

This beautiful market town is located in County Durham, in the North East of England, and boasts a rich Victorian heritage. Darlington is famed for its railway history, having claim to the first steam-powered passenger service and close ties to the “Father of Railways”, George Stephenson, who built the Stockton and Darlington Railway in 1821.

Darlington and its surrounds are a wonderful and charming place to live. Its pedestrianised and compact town centre is a great destination for residents and tourists alike, attracting many people to its iconic railway museum and local markets. 

With a population of 106,000, a bustling centre with thriving independent businesses, and very high employment rates, living here is a great choice for those in search of their first home or people hoping to relocate to a pleasant area packed with opportunity. Darlington was ranked the 7th best place to live in the UK Quality of Life Index in 2015, and living costs are comparatively low when looking at other top cities in the index.

As well great employment opportunities, it also has an attractive property market with affordable housing and a wide choice of flats, terraced, semi-detached and detached properties. So, if you’re looking for new builds, Darlington is an excellent location to start your search. 

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Fairway, Darlington

Fairway, Darlington

McMullen Road, Darlington, , DL1 2GA

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Hampton Green, Coxhoe

Hampton Green, Coxhoe

Off St Marys Terrace, Coxhoe, County Durham, DH6 4JB

2-4 bedroom homes

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Byron Mews, Seaham

Byron Mews, Seaham

Off Heathway, Seaham, County Durham, SR7 7UX

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Things to do

When it comes to things to see and do, this quaint community provides the perfect place for shopping, food and drink, nightlife, plus a bit of history and sightseeing. Crowned by its clock tower and brimming with historic buildings and landmarks, the centre is an incredibly alluring destination here in the UK. The Head of Steam Railway Museum is not to be missed for newcomers and will give you some insight into the town’s interesting past. The iconic Skerne Bridge located up the river is also a sight to behold, with much significance to the local people.

Other attractions nearby that may particularly appeal to families are the Walworth Castle Birds of Prey, the Piercebridge Roman Fort, the Drinkfield Marsh Nature Reserve, the Stanwick Iron Age Fortifications, and Maidendale Nature & Fishing Reserve.

For art and entertainment, there is the Edwardian Civic Theatre, the Arts Centre, and The Forum Music Centre where there are regular gigs and performances. If you’re a lover of the great outdoors, Darlington is ideally located with easy access to parts of the Yorkshire Dales, the North Pennines, Nidderdale, and the North York Moors. England’s North East coastline also offers numerous beaches to enjoy in the summer.

Residents here are close to the M1 motorway, so day trips to nearby towns and cities (such as Durham, Newcastle Upon Tyne, Richmond, Harrogate, and Wetherby) are very easy. So, why not take a look at our houses for sale in Darlington and discover just how convenient our Keepmoat locations are?


There are a number of bus routes that can take you in and around the town centre, as well as buses servicing other parts of North Yorkshire. Regular bus links from Darlington include Richmond, Catterick Garrison, Catterick Village and Northallerton. There are also additional bus services running in the summer to Castleton, Danby, Whitby, Scarborough, Swaledale, Hawes, Ribblehead, Ingleton and other destinations in the North York Moors.

From Darlington Train Station you can travel easily to major stations in the UK, such as Newcastle, London King’s Cross, Aberdeen, and Edinburgh. The nearest airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport, is located less than 20 minutes away by car, so international travel is extremely convenient for residents in the area. The airport has flights to more than 200 destinations in Europe and worldwide, as far as New York, Cape Town, Bangkok, and Cairo.


Located by Central Park, north of the town centre, is Darlington College and Teesside University Darlington. Further afield is Durham University and the main Teesside University in the centre of Middlesbrough. Along the M1, students can also commute to the University of Newcastle in less than an hour.

There are a number of great primary and secondary schools to choose from for families looking for the best education for their children. Free home-to-school transport for primary pupils can be provided for kids attending the school in their catchment area, and free transport can also be provided to secondary school students if you receive free school meals or full working tax credits. If you are looking for houses to buy in Darlington and want to know more about schools in the area, you can use the school finder on the Darlington Borough Council website.

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