Middlesbrough features stunning architectural structures surrounded by gardens, sculptures and museums honouring famous former citizens, such as Captain James Cook. From country farm parks to wildlife reserves and evening cocktail bars, the city offers plenty of entertainment.
Things to do in Middlesbrough
Visit the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, a nod to revitalisation efforts and cultural emergence. View paintings sculptures, photography and first-edition prints, then have tea and snacks at the on-site Smeltery Cafe. Head over to Dorman Museum for exhibits ranging from 20th Century Woman to Art Pottery.
Have a picnic at Stewart Park before roaming the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is stocked with memorabilia and stories about the legendary navigator. Themed galleries include interactive displays hosted by a computerized character known as Sidney Scurvy. You’ll also experience recreations of life aboard Captain Cook’s infamous ships.
Outside the museum, kids can run wild at the Stewart Park playgrounds, play at the miniature golf course and pet llamas and goats. Walking trails meander past woodlands, lake shores and an arboretum. You can also visit the wildlife gardens at RSPB Saltholme Wildlife Reserve and Discovery Park or ride miniature tractors at Newham Grange Country Farm.
Want to explore the city’s nightlife? For live indie pop and disco paired with creative cocktails, check out The Townhouse. Travel back in time at the former grand theatre designed by Ernest Runtz, which now thrives as a nightclub.
Getting around Middlesbrough
Buses and taxis service Middlesbrough and there are direct rail services to Manchester, Leeds and Liverpool. You can pick up a rental car at Durham Tees Valley Airport, about 24 kilometres away.