Travel by train
Darlington Hippodrome is a five minute walk from Darlington's train station. Darlington is a frequent stop on the East Coast mainline route as well as on local routes.
Plan your journey and a great day out with Northern.
Or if you're travelling on the East Coast line, visit LNER.
Travel by car
Approaching from the south:
From the A1, take the A66(M) exit Junction 57. At the roundabout take the 1st exit on the A66. At the next roundabout take the 2nd exit toward the town centre, which takes you past the Blackwell Grange Hotel on your left. At the Sainsbury's roundabout take the 4th exit which leads onto the Darlington ring road. At the next roundabout, take the 2nd exit, still continuing on the ring road, and move into the right hand lane. At the main traffic lights turn right onto Parkgate and the Hippodrome is located about 200 yards on your left.
Approaching from the north:
From the A1, take the A167 exit which is signposted for Darlington. Follow the road into town (about 3 miles) until you reach a large roundabout. Take the first exit, which is onto the Darlington ring road. Go straight over at the next roundabout (2nd exit). At the main set of traffic lights, turn left onto Parkgate and the Hippodrome is located about 200 yards on your left.
Approaching from the east:
Follow the A66(M) towards Darlington. At Little Burdon roundabout take the first exit (A66). Go straight over the following roundabout, at the next roundabout take the third exit towards Darlington on the B6280. Continue on the B6280 over the next roundabout. After about 1 mile, at the roundabout take the second exit remaining on the B6280 Yarm Road. After about a mile take the second exit at the mini roundabout on to Parkgate; go past the entrance to Darlington railway station on your left and the Hippodrome is located about 300 yards on your right.
There are short and long stay off street car parks surrounding the theatre (see map below). Most Council car parks are covered by 24 hour CCTV surveillance. For further advice on parking please contact the box office, or visit the Darlington Borough Council website.
Travel by bus
The following services are available from the bus stops outside the theatre:
Service 2/2A - Branksome/Darlington Town Centre/Red Hall - Every 10 minutes, Monday to Saturday with a 30 minute evening service. A 30 minute Sunday service is also available. Last bus 23:29 (towards Cockerton) and 22:59 (towards Lingfield).
Service 3 - Darlington Town Centre/Skerne Park - Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. Last bus 23:26 Monday - Saturday. Limited Sunday service.
Service 6/6A - Hurworth/Darlington/Morton Park/Middleton St G/Trees Park Village/Ingleby Barwick/Stockton - Every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday. Sundays Darlington Town Centre to Morton Park every 60 minutes with no evening service. Last bus to/from 18:30.
Service 13A/13B - Darlington Town Centre to Firthmoor - Every 5 minutes Monday to Saturday with 30 minute evening service. Sundays half hourly, 60 minute evening service. Last bus 22:58 toward Prebend Row.
A short walk into town (0.3 miles) presents an opportunity to access more bus services, with journeys to Stockton/Middlesbrough (X67, X66), Newton Aycliffe/Shildon/Bishop Auckland (5/5A), Spennymoor (8), Durham (7), Sunderland (x21), Barnard Castle (84/84A, X75/X76), Richmond (29) and (X26/X27) to Richmond and Catterick.
There is no coach parking allowed in the Park Place car parks opposite the Hippodrome. The only commercial car park is Chestnut Street, which is an 11-minute walk to the Hippodrome. Coaches park free at Chestnut Street but charges apply for other vehicles.
Coaches can stop on single and double yellow lines (no kerb blips) to drop off and pick up passengers. They can also do that in resident permit bays BUT they cannot leave the coaches during the performance.
Staying in Darlington
If you're coming from afar, there are a number of hotels and bed and breakfasts only a short drive away from the theatre.
Travelodge Darlington Hotel is a great nearby budget-friendly option, just a 7 minutes drive away, with great links to nearby attractions and Darlington's pretty market centre.
For other Travelodge hotels in the area click here.