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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

Rooms & Rates


Dining and Bars

Steve has been at the hotel for 22 years, and during that time has achieved a number of accolades. Including dining awards from RAC and an AA rosette. He gives his time to help children at the local Darlington college, and has recently helped in organising a junior masterchef competition

Chef Steven Myers


Hansards Restaurant

Our fine dining restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy good food with a side order of AA rosette quality! All our food is sourced locally and prepared by our long serving chef.

Opening hours

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

Farmers Bar

Our traditional pub style dining area is well-known locally for its good value and good food. Come and see for yourself, and enjoy a carvery lunch or bar meal!

Opening hours

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

We offer a superb dining experience in Hansards library tower. The cost is £45.00 per person and includes 1/2 bottle of wine, a drink on arrival and a delicious 3 course meal and coffe and homemade truffles. All in the surroundings of a private library tower with your own personal waiter to serve your every need.

Opening hours

Dinner: 18.30 - 22.00
Weekend times may vary


Hansard's restaurant is an award winning aa rosetted restaurant. You can relax in the lounge and have a glass or wine while you look over the menu. The restaurant has recently been decorated to a high standard. We source all produce locally and aim to serve to a very high standard.

Opening hours

Weekend times may vary

Farmers Bar

This traditional bar offer a wide range of bar meals salads sandwiches and is well know locally for an excellent value carvery. We serve food in here all day and have a suberb patio area to enjoy when the weather is nice. We also have a childrens outdoor play area, which is located near the patio

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....

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

From first dance to last orders, you'll have the time of your life on the biggest day of it! We're here to make you happy, so whatever your entertainment needs, just ask!


All catering options are designed to suit your tastes. From fine dining to more traditional requests like bangers and mash, we'll serve you and your guests with a smile. Whatever you want, just let our team of experts 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! Best of all, the room is on us!


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

Get in touch with Surinder Singh or Gavin Preston on

For any enquiries please call Surinder Singh on 01325 485470

Location and Attractions

Getting there.

Sat nav users: type DL2 2LY

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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

  • Beamish (20 miles)

  • Metro Centre (35 miles)


  • Darlington (4.3 miles)

  • Metro Centre (25.5 miles)

Meetings, Conferences and Events

The perfect spot for a spot of team building, our magnificent hotel can cater for all your corporate needs!

Available room set ups


Room Theatre Classroom U-Shape Boardroom Banquet
Cardinals Court 150 0 0 0 120
Ballroom 75 30 0 30 85
King James 75 26 0 30 75
Prince Bishops 30 18 0 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


  • Trip Advisor
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Great Hotel, Great Staff

26/03/2015 Andrek1968, Burton upon Trent, United Kingdom

Beautiful building in a nice quiet rural location. All of the staff were very helpful and their attention to detail and levels of service were excellent. A special mention for Auriel who was very... more


Oh Dear

26/03/2015 Jawalton00,

Well what a disappointment. The place looked great. What could be better than an overnight stay in a castle. Accommodation was top rate, facilities great. Dinner lovely but the staff were truly... more


weekend stay

22/03/2015 ArbroathElizs, Arbroath

Stayed 6/3/15 to 8/3/15. We were in "Victoria Room" Huge high fourposter !! Check in was quick and efficient. Breakfast on both days was faultless, as was service. There was a wedding on Saturday... more


hotel stay for a 40th birthday

21/03/2015 Claire S, Middlesbrough, United Kingdom

This was a fantastic place to stay we were upgraded to a fantastic suite as it was my partners 40th birthday they done this free of charge . with an extra special touch they also gave him a birthday... more


Castle Experience

19/03/2015 Markmr G, Northampton, United Kingdom

Hotel appears as Castle in most pictures but unless you book a special room you will stay in a small room in a modern wing like a travel lodge off from the feature building. Breakfast is nice and... more