The Durham town of Darlington rose to prominence with the opening in 1825, of the world's first-ever steam railway. Today, around 99,000 people call Darlington home. The town is convenient for the A1 (M) and has good rail links to London Kings Cross. Durham Tees Valley Airport is 6 miles to the east of the town.
An open-air market is held twice a week. There's a handsome Victorian Market Hall and a range of modern shopping developments in the Yards and Wynds, and Imperial Quarter of the town. Darlington also enjoys a selection of pubs, bars and restaurants.
Local attractions include the Railway Centre and Museum as well as the town's iconic Brick Train sculpture, created in 1997 by David Mach. Darlington boasts a 51-acre town park, an arts centre, a theatre, a cinema and the Dolphin Leisure Complex. The 14th century Raby Castle is nearby.