Raby Castle

Raby Caste – One of England’s finest medieval castles

Raby Castle was build by the mighty Nevills in the 14th century and is one of the finest and best preserved medieval castles in North East England.

Explore more than 600 years of history and admire the beautiful surroundings.

Bring your camera and take pictures of the unique exterior and the amazing interiors, furnishings and artwork.

Visitors can also experience the Blue Bedroom, designed for very important visitors to the Castle in the 19th century.

The Raby Castle is only 25 minutes drive from the hotel.

Christmas in Darlington

You are invited to celebrate Christmas at Holiday Inn Darlington North.

The area has plenty to offer, from local events and attractions to delicious meals at the hotel.

Feel festive in Darlington and join us whether in the run up to Christmas or during the school holidays. Come stay with us and welcome 2020 in with a bang!

Whatever you choose to do, Darlington is the destination for you with plenty of local festive activities including:

Christmas lights switch on 24th November 2019 – Market Square

Christmas Market opens on the 5th December – Town Centre

Darlington Ice Sculpture Trail 7th December – Town Centre

Santa at the station 14th December and 15th December – Head of Steam – Railway Museum

And did you know that you can take part in celebrating the Chinese New Year’s Eve? You will also have the chance to see a lion dancing and listen to Chinese songs. To make it more exciting than that, an events team will be handing out fortune cookies to visitors.

To find out about everything going on at the hotel this Christmas, contact us by calling 0845 340 9666 or email info@hidarlingtonnorth.co.uk

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies

Graduation Parties & Ceremonies


The end of University and College life is a big moment for anyone. That’s why you want the occasion to be as memorable as possible.

Friends, family and fellow students all make such days great fun and something to be remembered forever.

We can help with every aspect of planning and coordinating a graduation party or ceremony, so that everyone is sure to have an incredible time.


Celebrate Prom Night in style!


Celebrate the end of exams, the end of school and the end of an era with our great Prom Packages.

We’ll help you make sure the party goes off in style, with up to 250 Prom Kings and Queens.

Let us take the strain of planning, so that the guests can get down to the serious business of partying.




What better way to celebrate the christening of a child than with friends and family in beautiful surroundings.

We can help you to plan every aspect of the happy day to ensure that it’s perfect.

Thornton Hall Gardens

Thornton Hall Gardens

Visit Thornton Hall Gardens and discover the rare and unusual plants around. This is the place to be for all garden lovers.

The Hall is one of the oldest buildings in the Borough of Darlington and one of only 6 to be awarded the Grade 1 listing.

Enjoy and relax on one of the wood carving benches around and allow yourself to take in the breathtaking beauty.

Thornton Hall Garden is only 15 minutes drive from the hotel.


Darlington Railway Museum

Head of Steam – Darlington Railway Museum

Step back in time to Victorian Darlington and head to the Head of Steam Railway Museum to have a look at the world’s first steam-worked public railway.

Visit the booking office with its original Victorian interior and explore their platform that still has its original footbridge, waiting room, newspaper kiosk and Victorian toilets.

The museum has also a dedicated research centre,The Ken Hoole Study Centre, which has an expensive collection of documentary material, photographs, plans, books and periodicals.

The Darlington Railway Museum really has something for everyone and it is only 15 minutes drive from the hotel.