Middlesbrough Tourist Information

Growing from a little farm with a population of 25 to the ‘Hercules’ of Britain’s industrial empire, this vibrant town is now home to a diverse community of people and superb shopping and entertainment infrastructure, making it the most sought-after commercial centre in the Tees Valley.

With a staggering array of restaurants, pubs and nightclubs lining each street, Middlesbrough is famed throughout the region for its exciting nightlife, fuelled partly by the colourful night scene inspired by students from the award-winning Teesside University. The four major shopping centres, The Mall, Hillstreet Shopping Centre, Captain Cook’s Square and Dundas Shopping Mall, are all located in the heart of town and within a stone’s throw of each other, making for the perfect day out for devoted high-street shopaholics.

For a more leisurely experience of Middlesbrough, visit one or more of the town’s magnificent museums and galleries, including The Dorman Museum, housing exhibits on everything from natural history to arts and crafts, and the newly constructed Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima), which showcases an outstanding collection of fine and applied contemporary artwork from across the globe. Especially not to be missed by enthusiasts of maritime history is the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum on the outskirts of Middlesbrough, commemorating the legendary Captain James Cook with exhibitions regaling tales of his early life and the great voyages during his career, bound to delight both young and old.

Some of the wonderful historical attractions in lively Middlesbrough include the stately home Ormesby Hall, with its exquisite plaster and woodwork and the exclusive National Trust Model Railway layouts on display, the distinctive Transporter Bridge offering a taste of Middlesbrough’s industrial heritage, and the Newham Grange Country Farm, a 17th century farm and Conservation Centre with an agricultural museum and lovely farmhouse tearooms, ensuring that there’s something to entertain everyone in this thriving town.

A haven for extreme land and water sport buffs, Middlesbrough boasts the world-class Tees Barrage, just a few miles away, and the in-town Prissick Skate Park, offering everything from kayaking and white-water rafting to skateboarding and BMX biking activities. More relaxing activities are also available at Pallister Park, Stewart Park and Albert Park, complete with lush greenery and extensive play and activity areas for the whole family.

Of course, a trip to Middlesbrough is never complete without a ‘parmo’, a popular cheese covered breaded chicken dish sold at many of the late takeaways, and an absolute favourite with the locals.

With so much to look forward to, multi-faceted Middlesbrough is a superb tourist destination for the urban traveller.

Interesting fact: The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough is the largest operational bridge of its kind in the world, and the only one still working in this country. The brave of heart can indulge, if that’s the right word, themselves in death-defying bungee jumps from its top walkway on Sunday mornings.

Interesting fact 2: The Zetland Lifeboat (in the Zetland Lifeboat Museum in nearby Redcar) is the oldest surviving lifeboat in the world.

Things to see and do around Middlesbrough:

Albert Park, Middlesbrough
Captain Cook’s Birthplace Museum
Captain Cook’s Square, Middlesbrough
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
The Cleveland Show
The Dorman Museum
Dundas Street Shopping, Middlesbrough
Fairy Dell Park
Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park
Gallery TS1, Middlesbrough
Guisborough Museum
Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre
Hillstreet Shopping Centre, Middlesbrough
Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar
The Mall, Middlesbrough
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (mima)
Middlesbrough Municipal Golf Centre
Mount Grace Priory, Staddle Bridge, Northallerton
Nature’s World, Acklam, Middlesbrough
The Neptune Centre, Middlesbrough
Newham Grange Country Farm
North York Moors National Park
Ormesby Hall, Ormesby, Middlesbrough
Pallister Park, Middlesbrough
Prissick Plaza Skate Park, Middlesbrough
The Python Gallery, Middlesbrough
Rainbow Leisure Centre, Middlesbrough
Riverside Stadium (home of Middlesbrough Football Club)
Roseberry Topping, Newton-under-Roseberry
RSPB Saltholme
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas, Whitburn, Sunderland
Stewart Park, Middlesbrough
Tees Barrage
Thorntree Park, Middlesbrough
The Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough
Washington Old Hall, Washington
Winkies Castle Folk Museum, Marske by the Sea
Zetland Lifeboat Museum, Redcar