Despite all its technological advancements, Middlesbrough has remained to be the simple countryside town Captain James Cook grew up in. So hop on a bus, buy yourself a Parmo and prepare yourself for a ride through this borough’s journey towards the contemporary world. Here are the best things to do in Middlesbrough:
1. Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Start off in the heart of Middlesbrough at the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art where you can catch several art exhibitions ranging from sculptures, prints and photographs. After your tour, have a little snack in the their very own Smeltry Cafe.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Address: Centre Square, Middlesbrough TS1 2AZ, UK
Opening Hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday, 10am - 4:30pm; Thursday 10am - 7pm; Sunday 12pm - 4pm
2. Dorman Museum
On the other side of town across Albert Park is the Dorman Museum. Since its opening in 1904, the teal dome has become one of the most iconic landmarks in Middlesbrough. Its beautiful terracotta exterior is just as beautiful at night, if not more, when lit. It is genuinely a masterpiece both inside and out.
Address: Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough TS5 6LA, UK
Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 10:30am - 3:30pm
Website: Dorman Museum
3. The Tunnel Gallery
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Much like the Banksy tunnel in London, there is also a tunnel in Middlesbrough that displays works from various artists. Every two months, expect a new exhibit that is sure to have you taking pictures with it. The best part is that you can easily pop in whenever you want since it’s open all day. Not only that but it also makes public transport less tumultuous than usual, don’t you think?
The Tunnel Gallery
Address: Middlesbrough Railway Station, UK
Website: The Tunnel Gallery
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4. Tees Transporter Bridge and Visitor Center
As you may or may not have noticed, Middlesbrough is filled of modern and technological establishments. Perhaps the most famous among its attractions is the Tees Transporter Bridge, which is the longest working transporter bridge in the world. To avail of the visitor’s package that includes a guided tour on the upper walkway via the glass lift or in a glass gondola over the river, adults will only need to pay 5 GBP (6.36 USD), and children 3.50 GBP (4.45 USD). You can also opt to walk or bike the length of the bridge.
Tees Transporter Bridge and Visitor Center
Address: Ferry Road, Middlesbrough, UK
5. Stewart Park
Instead of just going on a picnic or taking a stroll through this park, try visiting the famous Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and learn about this illustrious navigator’s life. If you or your kids are not into that, then you can also head on to the pets’ corner where a number of domesticated llamas, goats, cattle, and other domesticated animals are being cared for by the park officials. For the sports enthusiasts, the park provides its guests outdoor table tennis and mini-golf. Marvel at the wonderful garden landscape and grab a bite at the restaurant while you’re at it.
Address: The Grove, Marton, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS7 8AR, UK
Website: Stewart Park
6. Middlesbrough Theatre
Did you know that this theater was one of the first view theaters in England that was put up after the second world war? Currently, this 484-seater is home to the talented Middlesbrough Youth Theater Company. Check out their website for what’s on and make sure you don’t miss out on a chance to watch a show or two while you’re there.
Address: The Avenue, Middlesbrough TS5 6SA, UK
Website: Middlesbrough Theatre
7. The Townhouse
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As in any other town, you’ll definitely want to experience its nightlife. On Tuesdays, there’s pop and indie disco, while on Fridays and Saturdays, you can score cocktails for as low as 5.95 GBP (7.57 USD) before midnight. Get your party on in the hottest club and meet some of Middlesbrough’s most eligible. Who knows, you might just find a reason to come back.
Address: 208-210 Linthorpe Rd, Middlesbrough TS1 3QW, UK
Opening Hours: Tuesday 9:30pm - 2am; Friday & Saturday 8pm - 2am
Website: The Townhouse
8. Cleveland Shopping Centre
Get some shopping done at the biggest shopping center in town. With over 60 stores to choose from, you’ll probably find that one piece of clothing you’ve been looking for, for a while now.
Cleveland Shopping Centre
Address: 85 Grange Road, Middlesbrough TS1 2LS, UK
Opening Hours: Daily (except Tuesday & Friday), 6am - 8pm; Tuesday & Friday, 6am - 6pm
Website: Cleveland Centre
9. Roseberry Topping
Its signature imperfect shape is what draws visitors to it. Part of a larger reserve, the road to Roseberry Topping’s peak is surrounded by plenty of different wildlife and interesting geology backed by a very compelling history. Depending on your location in Middlesbrough, you may opt to choose either of the three routes.
The first route begins at Newton Wood, where you can pass by a beautiful Bluebell carpet at Cliff Ridge Wood, a most preferred route in springtime. If you’re well into hiking or trekking, take this 7.5 mile (12 km) ascent from Great Ayton village green. Here, you will also see and learn more about the great Captain Cook’s life. Lastly, for a relatively shorter walk, leave your car and take the route that begins in Great Ayton station. For a comfortable and exciting trip, It is advised that you bring water and binoculars to spot the many woodland birds that inhabit the vast scenic greenery.
Address: North York Moors National Park, North Yorkshire, UK
Website: Roseberry Topping
It's time to set your sails
Look beyond the ordinary and see Middlesbrough for what it can truly offer. It’s only the beginning of your exploration of this Teesside delight.
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