12th December 2021
While we are bias as we have storage units in Darlington, we think it is a pretty great place to explore. There is so much to see and do in the local area, just minutes from our self storage in Darlington. We have put together some of our favourite popular activities in Darlington that we recommend you take a look at.
Raby castle is home to herds of red and fallow deer that lives wild in the grounds of Raby castle. There are five acres of traditional 18th century ornamental walled gardens to explore. There is also a woodland adventure playground for energetic children. You can also hire bikes from the castle to explore the 200 acres of grounds and see some incredible views.
Darlington Railway Museum
Darlington is the place that railways were born so you can imagine how much history can be found at the Darlington Railway Museum. The museum is set in the original 1840’s railway station and you can follow the growth of railways over the years of history. It’s a brilliant half day out for the whole family, with something for everyone.
Darlington Hippodrome was previously known as Darlington Civic Centre. In November 2017, there was a £13.7 million restoration on the theatre and the result is stunning. It really is a truly beautiful and awe-inspiring venue which shows a wide selection of entertainment on the stage. These shows include famous comedians, pantomimes, musicals, ballets and travelling shows. Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming shows to see; you will not be disappointed.
Paddock Farm Nursery and Water Gardens
Paddock Farm Nursery and Water Gardens is a really wonderful day out for the whole family. It is made up of nine unique water gardens that can be browsed and explored at your leisure. There is then the quaint tearoom with delicious home-made treats that you can enjoy in-between water gardens. The amazing koi pond here is considered to be one of the best in the country.
Darlington’s Brick Train
As celebration of the rich railway heritage that Darlington has, a sculpture was commissioned. It was created in 1997 by David Mach. This brick train is modelled ion the 1938 steam locomotive called “Mallard”. Mallard was a record setting 126mph train. If you’re feeling adventurous, or brave, you can climb to the platform and overlook the incredible structure from above.
If you live in Darlington and know an activity that you think others will love, let us know. We would love to hear about more great activities to do in Darlington. And don’t forget, if you need self storage units in Darlington, we are here for you. There are some great festive things to do in Darlington as well!