Middlesbrough is an industrial town located in the North East side of England. Earlier, its county was Cleveland, now it is North Yorkshire. If you go on your car, it takes almost one hour to travel to Middlesbrough from New Castle, Sunderland, Bradford and York. There are several worth-visiting points in and around Middlesbrough. The best weather to go there is summer. People who visit this large town cannot forget enjoying at the Redcar Beach and White Water Course. Other worth-seeing surrounding areas are Whitby, Durham, Hartlepool, Bishop Auckland and Stockton-On-Tees. Let’s explore its parks, hotels, famous foods, museums and activities to do around:
There are 2 main parks in Middlesbrough, i.e.
1. Albert Park
Albert Park is situated in the centre of this town. Its area is about thirty hectares. Here, you can find play places, a visitor centre, lake boat hire, roller skating rink, tennis courts, bandstand and cafes.
2. Stewart Park
The second big park is Stewart Park. In the South, there is the arboretum and woodland while in the North it has open parkland. Total area it covers is about one hundred and twenty acres. In this beautiful park, you can find 2 lakes, a pets corner (with goats, fallow deer, llamas, Highland cattle and many other domesticated animals) and play places for kids. There is also a museum in this park named the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.
Roseberry Topping is one of the most unique and biggest hills at a height of 320 meters. It is a stunning landmark in this area. Many visitors love to conquer the Roseberry Topping and also explore hidden treasures, heather moorland, a long quarry, bluebell woods and an awesome habitats array.
Tees Transporter Bridge
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge
Tees Transporter Bridge is the world’s longest bridge depicting the industrial heritage and engineering at Teesside. It was built in 1911. So, its a historic bridge with the distinct river crossing. Nowadays, it has become a great attraction for visitors. They like to visit this site for bungee jumps, abseils and zip slides.
Dorman Museum provides a great learning environment. In Summer, a wild exhibition is held every year. You can set up safari camping. The museum items include the human skulls, dinosaurs model and spaceship. Interpretative themes contain the meteorites, asteroids, the universe origin, minerals, earth planet, local geology, evolution, comets and rocks. There are also pieces of meteorite rock that are supposed to be collected from Mars. A gallery specifically contains an amazing collection of Christopher Dresser
who is considered to be the pioneer of designing. The items include glass, metalwork, textiles, ceramics, wallpapers, furniture and Linthorpe pottery. Nelson collection was also made a part of this museum in 1914. He was a top ornithologist and he published descriptive work first time on the Birds of Yorkshire. Other things to be seen in the Dorman Museum are Acklam plan Lordship and the Russian brown bear.
In the centre of the heavy industry of the Tees valley, there is wonderful wildlife. The explorers can view the reserve panoramically. There is a cafe where you can have fresh coffee and home-made foods. The adventure playground is to have fun, jump, run, discover and clamber. Riverside Stadium Riverside Stadium in Middlesbrough town is for the football fans. It was established in 1995. It has seats for 34000 people. In this stadium, many football games have been played at the international level.
Foods and Restaurants
Parmesan (Parmo) is a speciality of Middlesbrough. It is fast food made up of breaded chicken. It has cheese topping with the bechamel sauce. People come from far away places to taste Parmo. On Linthorpe Road, there is a chain of restaurants, including Akbar’s (Indian food), Hot Wok (Chinese food), Antalya (Kurdish food), Manjaro’s (Caribbean/ African food). Some other renowned food centres are Europa Resturant, Sasser’s Continental Cafe, Eliano’s Brasserie, Fleming’s and Nando’s. You can also get fast food from KFC, McDonald’s, Burger King, Pizza Hut, Subway and Dixy Chicken.
Things are cheaper in Middlesbrough than other cities and towns of England. The most famous brands are Debenhams, House of Fraser, Binns, a newly established brand Monsoon, H & M, Zumo, Costa Coffee and Starbucks. An eye-catching designer shopping place is Psyche. Due to Psyche, Linthorpe Road Central area has become more developed. Yakusa, Red Square, Triads, Deep, Esquires Coffee House and Sassari’s Continental Cafe have added to its charm. You will see numerous offers, discounts and sales in big and small shopping malls in Middlesbrough. So, it is easier to shop according to the budget and taste. There are four main shopping centres in this town. They are close to each other and you can visit them on foot.
1. The Mall
The Mall, located on Grange Road, is considered the heart of the big brands. You can shop from Topshop, HMV, George, Footlocker and H & M.
Hillstreet is another mall in the Middlesbrough where you can find a splendid variety in a great shopping environment.
3. Captain Cook Square
The third main shopping centre is Captain Cook Square. It is situated in Newport Crescent with a wide range of popular shops. The architecture follows the style of ornate New Orleans.
Dundas is a shopping mall refurbished recently. It has everything affordable. Spend a good time exploring the unique stores and fashion outlets, including Clinkards, Fleur Occasions, Next and Early Learning Center. There are also performed competitions and famous school activities.
Cinemas and Cultural Concerts
Cineworld is a newer cinema in Middlesbrough. Its prices are cheap but it holds a limited number of shows. In Teeside Park, which is between Stockton and Middlesbrough, a well-known cinema is the Showcase Cinema. In addition, the Regent Cinema is the older one and it is located in Redcar. It is a single screen cinema. It is a speciality of Middlesbrough that it holds cultural concerts and events every year. In 2007, it hosted BBC Proms and got fame on the national level. The most awaited multicultural event is Middlesbrough Mela, in which almost 25000 persons of different cultures participate and have fun.