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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
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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


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


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TripAdvisor Traveller Rating: Rating: Based on 800 traveller reviews
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Good value

17/10/2016 glueg2015, Plymouth, United Kingdom

First of all, I was very impressed by the price of the room, £97 for a double room is incredibly good value. It was a lovely room and the bathroom was lovely too, not much of a view, but we didn't min... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear glueg2015, Thank you for taking the time to let us know about your recent stay with us. Your comments mirrors the previous review in many of the points which you have raised. The menu chosen was the couples choice, and I'm sorry if this wasn't what you would have picked. We have received some wonderful comments from the bride and groom congratulating the staff for their help throughout the day. I am also pleased that you though the stay was good value. Kind regards Rachel

OK for price...

16/10/2016 James B,

I came to the castle for a wedding in october and the building, decoration, and presentation was subperb. The event ran smoothly and it was a lovely day to be had by all. The problem for me was i fo... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear James B, Thank you for your recent review. I am disappointed to read that you thought the staff were unprofessional. If you read back many of the previous reviews, most of our customers praise the staff at the hotel. I apologise if you found this to be the case. We have matched the bar prices with local competitors, but I am sorry if you thought these were too expensive. I am pleased however that overall you had a lovely day with lovely people. Kind regards Rachel

Birthday and anniversary stay 12th-14th October 2016

14/10/2016 susangarnett, Greater Manchester, United Kingdom

Stayed here for two nights for my partner's birthday and our anniversary. Have nothing but praise for the staff (Steve, Andy, Jack and Sam) Plus two very nice receptionists. The room was very nice, fo... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear susangarnett, Thank you for your recent review. I am delighted with your comments about the staff. I am sure that they will be delighted that you have taken the time to give them a mention. We are looking at menus at the moment so thank you for your comments and we will certainly look at providing more vegetarian options. We look forward to welcoming you back agin soon. Kind regards Rachel

Decent for the price.

08/10/2016 JOEHSouthShields, South Shields, United Kingdom

A one night stay to celebrate my big sisters 60th birthday. Have to say the staff were excellent in helping us set up the surprise, in fact the staff were first class at everything. What a beautiful b... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear JOESouthShields, I am delighted that you chose our hotel to celebrate your sisters birthday, and for the fact that our team helped you to arrange the surprise. We do have a variety of different rooms, with our standard accommodation located within the West Wing, and the larger four poster rooms are in the main castle. It is really appreciated that you say how well the staff looked after you and I am sure they will be delighted when they read your comments. Kind regards Rachel

Great Stay for The Corporate Traveller

07/10/2016 Jayne J, Packington, United Kingdom

I stayed here on business, a single lady traveller, what a comfortable place and a lovely group of staff, I had a lovely dinner in the Bar great menu and value for money, food that makes you feel at h... more

Owner Response
Rachel S, Owner at BEST WESTERN Walworth Castle Hotel, responded to this review
Dear Jayne J, Thank you for your recent review. I am delighted that you enjoyed your stay with us and I will certainly pass your comments onto the rest of the team. We look forward to welcoming you back to our hotel when you are next visiting the Darlington area. Kind regards Rachel