Organising car rental in Darlington makes getting around easy, whether you plan to pootle around town or head out into the wild landscapes of the north...
Located in County Durham and sitting equidistantly between the northern edges of the North York Moors and the Yorkshire Dales, Darlington is the perfect place to be to have urban amenities close at hand, yet with the ruggedness of England's biggest county on your doorstep.
The town sits on the River Skerne, not far from the River Tees, and the built-up area is enveloped by patches of open countryside. It's this blend of urban and rural that makes Darlington so attractive. You can shop in the morning and take a long, bracing walk in the afternoon; take lunch in a modern town centre café before letting off steam in one of the lovely parks. Talking about steam, Darlington takes great pride in its links to railway history. Located on the world's first public railway line to be served by steam trains, the town played a great role in the birth of Britain's railways. Discover more at the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, which is known as the “Head of Steam”.
Rainy days can be spent getting wet at the Dolphin Centre, which is packed with pools and flumes, while family fun can be had when the weather is dry with the team at Walworth Castle Birds of Prey. The ancient castle is a hotel but there are all kinds of falconry experiences to be had with the many birds and the knowledgeable falconers. The castle is 10 minutes by road to the north-west of Darlington.
The town is also home to a lively line up of cultural establishments. There's a music and comedy venue, a theatre, and an arts centre, so it's worth checking in advance to see what's on and to secure tickets.
It's also wise to book your hire car in advance as this will secure you a great rate. Enter your requirements into the TravelSupermarket search tool and we'll compare prices for you. You can then collect your vehicle at a convenient location in downtown Darlington.
When you get a great deal on car rental, Darlington is only the first step of your travels in the north of England...
Some of England's most wildly romantic and impossibly rugged landscapes are within your grasp when you branch out from Darlington.
It takes a little over half an hour to be within the Yorkshire Dales National Park when you set out by road. The barren beauty of this huge patch of Britain is beyond compare. Hills and valleys ripple across nearly 1,800 square kilometres, revealing waterfalls, cave systems, castles, heritage railway lines, and villages so expertly crafted from local stone that they appear to rise as if from within the ground itself. Malham Cove is a particular highlight. A waterfall cascades down the limestone cliff face, which is topped by a maze-like pavement of limestone rocks. Youngsters might recognise the striking scene from 'Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows', in which Harry and Hermione set up camp near the edge of this incredible natural sight.
Take off in an easterly direction from Darlington and the North York Moors National Park is your reward. Again, it takes little more than 30 minutes to reach the outer edges of the park. With a coastal border, the highlights of the moors are quite different to those of the dales, though both are equally resplendent. Here you can still take long bracing walks across remote terrains, daydreaming about Cathy and Heathcliff, who scrambled across this vista and fell in love in Charlotte Bronte's 'Wuthering Heights'. You can also hit the beach; popular spots include Robin Hood's Bay, Runswick Bay and the town beaches of Whitby.