Staycations In Darlington

Planning a staycation in Darlington? Make Holiday Inn Darlington your home from home during your adventures in Durham.

Whether you’re on a short break in Darlington with friends or your partner or want a family break in Durham county, there is plenty of budget-friendly and free activities for everyone to enjoy.

Family Activities In Darlington

Visit Thorton Hall Gardens

Built around 1550 by Ralph Tailbois, Thornton Hall Gardens is one of the oldest buildings in the Borough of Darlington, one of only 7 to be awarded the Grade 1 listing. Explore the beautiful gardens full of rare and unusual perennials, interspersed with interesting trees and imaginative shrubs including over 100 roses, collections of delphiniums, paeonies, and irises in a profusion of mixed curvaceous borders and island beds, secretive areas with quirky sculptures as well as a meadow and vegetable garden.

Price: Free

Visit Locomotion

Take a trip to the Locomotion Museum full of unexpected objects like a Victorian snow plough to hardworking mining machinery even the private coach used by Queen Alexandra, the wife of King Edward VII. There are lots of other objects to be explored!

Price: Free

Visit Raby Castle

Explore Raby Castle, originally a Viking settlement it has transformed over the centuries into one of the most impressive intact castles in the UK.  Experience a range of art, textiles, and furniture from England and Europe dating from the 17th to the 20th Century.

Price: From £6.50