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BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel near Darlington.

12th Century charm meets 21st Century convenience.

The BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel near Darlington offers all the peace and quiet that comes with staying in the countryside, with none of the isolation. Set within 12 acres of lawns and woodlands, this magnificent 12th Century hotel also lies within easy access to the A1 and A68.

Managing to perfectly combine the best of old and new features, this hotel provides the perfect getaway for guests looking for rural relaxation. Whether you're attending a conference here or spending quality time with someone special, your stay will live long in the memory!

As for the accommodation itself, we offer four poster tower suites with double Jacuzzi baths, an award winning restaurant or more traditional farmers bar. The hotel is extremely popular for wedding receptions too, and we can arrange anything to make your special day perfect.

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Co. Durham


Bars, Free WIFI, Restaurants, No Lift
Free internet available throughout the hotel
There is free parking available onsite.
Pets: No Pets accepted Guide and hearing dogs only
Check-in & Check-out
14:00 | 11:00
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Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

Steve has been at the hotel for 25 years and during that time he had crested some fantastic dishes and memories for our guests. He has even put an engagement ring in a dessert for a proposal. He prides himself on creating dishes which are both seasonal and local to the North East. The North East sharing platter is popular as guests can sample the best of what the North East has to offer.

Chef Steven Myers


Hansards Restaurant

Hansard's Restaurant is located in the main castle and offers a good selection of dishes. Whether you are wanting to enjoy a good bottle of wine and a sharing platter, or enjoy a sumptuous 4 course meal, then we can offer it to you. Hansard's Restaurant is open at weekends, however can be opened during the week depending on bookings.

Opening hours

Breakfast: 7.00 - 9.30
Lunch: 0 - 0
Dinner: 18.30 - 22.00
Weekend times may vary

Farmers Bar

The traditional Farmers Bar Restaurant is also located within the main castle. Here we offer a relaxing environment where you can enjoy some superb quality dishes sourced from local Farmers. We offer the same menu throughout the hotel and you can dine wherever you like. We have a lovely patio at the front and rear of the hotel with a great children's play area and a healthy eating menu for the kids. Everyone is welcome.

Opening hours

Lunch: 12.00 - 16.00
Dinner: 16.00 - 23:00
Weekend times may vary

Library Tower

We Library Tower is a private dining room where we seat between 2 and 8 guests. Perfect for a small family celebration or a romantic meal for 2. A 3 course meal and coffee with a glass of wine os £38 per person. All in traditional surroundings with your own personal waiter to serve your every need.

Opening hours

Dinner: 18.30 - 22.00
Weekend times may vary


Hansard's Bar is located neat to the restaurant. Drinks can either be enjoyed at the bar, in the lounge or on the front patio. Wherever you find most comfortable

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Farmers Bar

Drinks can be taken either in the Farmers Bar or on the back patio. This is a great location to enjoy the beautiful views of the countryside. There is also a children's play area which is great for keeping them entertained while you can relax and enjoy the sunshine.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Spa & Leisure

We have a wide selection of treatments which will allow you to relax and feel rejuvenated. Whether it be for a relaxing massage or facial, we also offer head massages, hot stones therapy. There is also the option to have a manicure or pedicure, waxing or a fake bake tan. The choice is yours....

We have an on site salon which offers hair and beauty treatment. Call them directly to see what they can offer on 01325 468945

No. of treatment rooms: 2
Minimum guests (per booking): 1
Maximum guests (per booking): 6

Opening times


We offer a wide range of beauty and relaxing treatments. Including facials and massages

Type Treatment Time (mins) price (from)
Health & Beauty Bronzing Treatment 30 £20.00
Facial 70 £40.00
Massage 1 Hour Full Massage 60 £38.00
30 minute Full Massage 30 £20.00


Where better to celebrate your vows than a romantic 12th century castle? Our hotel makes the perfect backdrop for wedding photographs, and sets the mood for a truly special occasion!


Wedding service and reception venue

We offer a personal service when booking your wedding reception at our hotel. The point of contact at the initial enquiry to planning all your personal touches, to running the wedding on the actual day the same team of highly trained managers will ensure your day runs as smoothly as possible. What could be more romantic than getting married in an original 12th century castle hotel, Darlington's only grade I listed building.


Wedding menus are created to suit your exact requirements. We have a selection of dishes for you to choose from, however if there is something you particularly require, then we can work with our team of chefs to design something specific to your wedding. No request is too small, just let us know.

Honeymoon Suite

The King James suite really does offer once-in-a-lifetime luxury. With its huge private lounge, dining table, period furnishings and beautifully decorated 16th century ceiling, you'll be in heaven! The bedroom is located in the castles tower and has a four poster bed for even more indulgence, while the bathroom has a tented double jacuzzi bath and full length windows for you to enjoy the beautiful views while enjoying a soak!


Registry office:
Backhouse Hall, Bull Wynd, Darlington
01325 346 604

Please contact the hotel on 01325 485470 and our highly trained team will arrange a time for you to come and view the castle. We also offer you a complimentary first anniversary stay.

For any enquiries please call Surinder Singh on 01325 485470

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

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Nearest motorway: A1(M), J58, 3.00 miles
Nearest train station: Darlington, 6.00 miles
Nearest airport: Durham Tees Valley, 15.00 miles
Free parking on site (100 spaces)
On site disabled parking (10 spaces)

Co. Durham

What's nearby?


  • Newcastle FC (38 miles)

  • Middlesbrough (15 miles)

  • Darlington FC (3 miles)

Cities & Attractions

  • Bowes Museum (8 miles)

  • Beamish (20 miles)

  • Metro Centre (35 miles)

  • 2 bars

  • High Force Waterfall (8 miles)


  • Darlington (4.3 miles)

  • Metro Centre (25.5 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events


We can offer some fantastic rooms your meeting or conference. We offer a daily delegate rate which would include room hire, tea coffee and biscuits, lunch and everything in the conference room. Specialist equipment can be ordered in. We work very closely with team building company and we can arrange some great team building games and ideas. We are also opening a Falconry Centre in the hotels grounds at Easter 2014 which can also be used.

Available room set ups

U shape

Cardinals Court

The Cardinals Court is our largest function room and is located in what was the original courtyard of the castle. With a glass roof, there is plenty of natural light. Also located on the ground floor, this room has suitable access for disabled guests.


This meeting room is located on the ground floor and has direct access to the gardens. The walls and ceiling are adorned with 16th century plasterwork, so you certainly know you are having a meeting in a castle.

Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Cardinals Court 150 0 0 0 120
Ballroom 75 30 28 30 85
King James 75 26 28 30 75
Prince Bishops 30 18 16 18 34
Prince Bishops Tower 0 0 0 10 10
Library Tower 0 0 0 6 6
Have an enquiry?
Contact events on 0845 620 0506


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Extraordinary Hotel & Castle

02/10/2015 Phil570, Bolton, United Kingdom

Went to meet some friends from Darlington & had a delicious meal at the hotel with them . The service & menu were both really good & we all enjoyed the meals & wine . Our room was inside the main cast... more


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30/09/2015 Matthew R, sheffield, United Kingdom

walworth castle was a very good place to stay. The rooms were a good size and were confortable, the staff very friendly and helpful, and the location/setting was fantastic. I would very much recommend... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Matthew R, Thanks for your recent review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and found the staff to be friendly and helpful. I hope you will stay with us again when you are next in the area.

Amazing weekend in Amazing surroundings…

28/09/2015 Karendurham12, Durham, United Kingdom

On arrival you turn into the gravel driveway leading upto the entrance to the Castle and enter into the reception area. The receptionists were lovely…very polite and friendly but more informations sh... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Karendurham12, Thank you for your comprehensive review of our hotel. You have gone into great detail and given a good overview of your time at the castle. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay and we look forward to welcoming you back for future anniversary stays.

Nice Place

28/09/2015 JohnnyGandLynne, Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Had a one night break at this 12th century castle in lovely grounds. The bar was fine but could have been more comfortable the restaurant was nice food was good. The four poster room was small but ade... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear JohnnyGandLynne, Thanks for your recent review. I am pleased that you enjoyed your stay with us and hope you will consider us again when you next want to stay in the Darlington area.

Fun stay in a converted castle.

27/09/2015 TimB_CA, Danville, California

Okay, it was more of a manor home before it was converted into a hotel. But prior to that, it was a fortified manor. Set in pretty countryside with expansive views, the Walworth Castle hotel is quirky... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear TimB_CA, I am pleased you enjoyed your recent stay with us and I am delighted that chose our hotel. I hope you enjoyed the rest of your trip to England and I will pass your comments onto everyone concerned in making your stay so special.