Redcar Tourist Information

Dating back to the early 14th century, Redcar was originally described as a “poore fishing toune”, and has since expanded to become one of the most popular seaside destinations for daytime tourists. Located right on the North Sea coast just seven and a half miles from the busy town of Middlesbrough, Redcar is also perfectly placed for a longer holiday, providing easy access to many regional attractions whilst still offering an attractive seaside view to come back to at the end of the day.

Home to the world’s oldest existing lifeboat, Redcar is proud of its time-honoured coastal heritage, and evidence of this can be seen throughout the town today. The passion of the local community led to the recent regeneration of the town clock, the King Edward VII Memorial Clock, which stands proud in the town centre. Another tribute to the spirit of the local people, the famed ‘Zetland’ lifeboat has saved over a staggering five hundred lives, and is housed in the Grade II listed Zetland Lifeboat Museum, found along Redcar’s scenic esplanade.

If you time your trip right, you can enjoy a wonderful day at Redcar Racecourse, where you can experience the excitement and atmosphere of horse racing first-hand. Doubling as an events centre, the racecourse is blessed with fantastic facilities and a high-quality restaurant that guarantees a great day out whether it’s your first time or your hundredth.

Younger children in the family will love Mungle Jungle, an activity park filled with ball pools, bouncy castles and slides, designed to entertain children under the age of ten. For older children and those who would still like to be, Redcar’s indoor skate park, R-Kade, provides the ideal opportunity to experience extreme games in a fun and safe environment.

Journey out to the nearby village of Kirkleatham or the adjacent market town of Coatham, where you will again be greeted by a whole host of fascinating attractions. Kirkleatham boasts the delightful Kirkleatham Old Hall Museum and Sir William Turner’s Almshouses, two not-to-be-missed attractions that offer a greater insight into life in the borough. For animal lovers, Kirkleatham Owl Centre, Coatham Sands and Coatham Marsh afford lovely up-close experiences with thousands of birds that will provide you with photo opportunities to last a lifetime.

No matter what you’re looking for in a holiday, this attractive coastal town is sure to offer you a memorable experience in a beautiful seaside setting, and is the perfect place for a day-trip or even a week-long break.

Interesting fact: There is said to be a submerged forest below Redcar, first uncovered in 1817 by sand erosion, that has been in existence for over several thousand years.

Things to see do around Redcar:

Coatham Marsh
Coatham Sands
King Edward VII Memorial Clock
Kirkleatham Old Hall Museum
Kirkleatham Owl Centre
Mungle Jungle
R-Kade
Redcar High Street
Redcar Racecourse
Regents Walk Shopping Complex
Roseberry Topping
Sir William Turner’s Almshouses
Winkies Castle Folk Museum
Zetland Lifeboat Museum