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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
For enquiries or to make a reservation please call 0844 387 6251*


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


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


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 406400

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


TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 994 traveller reviews
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Beckett Wedding

12/03/2018 Maclary5, Darlington, United Kingdom

What an awesome place to have a wedding I cannot say thank you enough to the wonderful team at Walworth Castle from the day we booked to the moment we left nothing was too much trouble. Ailsa looked a... more

Owner Response
Mrs S, Owner at Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Hi, Wow! Thank you so much for your wonderful review. We are thrilled that you enjoyed your wedding and I will certainly pass on your comments on to everyone who was involved in making your wedding such a wonderful occasion. I am absolutely delighted with your comments, and it really means a lot to me and the whole team for you to have taken the time to let us know how much you enjoyed everything. We hope to see you again soon. Kind regards Mrs Swain Director

I love this hotel

20/02/2018 Jellybean900, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

My husband and I have stayed here several time. Each time we book a room in the main castle, and are never disappointed. The rooms are spacious, clean and well equipped. Staff are super friendly and... more

Owner Response
Mrs S, Owner at Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Jellybean900, Thank you so much for your recent review. It really is so nice that you have taken the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your stay with us. I hope you get the opportunity to visit us again in the not too distant future. Kind regards Mrs Swain Director

1st wedding anniversary at our wedding venue

18/02/2018 Mark F,

Another lovely and friendly welcome into the castle on our return after exactly a year since our wedding there. We enjoyed a lovely valentine meal with some excellent live music and felt welcomed by a... more

Owner Response
Mrs S, Owner at Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Mark, Wow, thanks so much for your recent review. We are all delighted that you enjoyed your anniversary stay with us, and I will pass your feedback to all the team who made your stay so special. We look forward to welcoming you back again soon. Kind regards Mrs Swain Director

Re-visit to the castle was a disappointment

17/02/2018 maggs20152015, Yarm, United Kingdom

We were married at the castle in 2009 and we visited again in 2010 for our anniversary, so this was the first time in 8 years since visiting. The Castle has been decorated since our last visit and l... more

Owner Response
Mrs S, Owner at Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Maggs, I am sorry that you were so disappointed on your return to the castle. I'm sure your experience was just a one off as usually we get great feedback about the food. The same team of chefs have been at the castle for a number of years, including 2009 when you were married. I am pleased however that you enjoyed your room and the castle grounds. I really hope you will give us another opportunity in the future and if you contact me directly I would be only too happy to personally look after your booking. Kind regards Mrs Swain Director

Viewed for a wedding and can't wait to do it!

09/02/2018 Carmack83,

So I wanted to come on and comment on a previous review which almost put me off the whole place! I went and it was a busy Sunday afternoon but everyone was lovely and helpful! We viewed the venue with... more

Owner Response
Mrs S, Owner at Best Western Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Carmack83, Thank you so much for your review. I am so pleased you decided to come and see the castle for yourself. I will pass your comments onto Callum and everyone else in the team. We are looking forward to hosting your wedding! Kind regards Mrs Swain Director