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Middlesbrough is a characterful metropolis with an industrial heritage that it celebrates through its art and the impressive buildings that were created in its ‘Ironopolis’ heyday. And it’s not as far away as you might think, beingjust 1 hour 25 minutes from Leeds and 2 hours 15 minutes from Manchester.
There are a number of onward travel options when you step off the train at Middlesborough stations. Ariva and Stagecoach run buses to points across the city and you can download a map of the bus system here.There’s also a taxi rank directly outside the station on Bridge Street.
If you like thought-provoking exhibitions, you'll love MIMA. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art is a beacon of contemporary art and design in the heart of the city.. At the newly-refurbished Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, you’ll find exhibitions and galleries dedicated to the life of the great navigator and explorer. Tenemos is a vast steel sculpture by Anish Kapoor that recalls the industrial heritage of the town.
Fellini’s is known for being one of the most child-friendly restaurants in Middlesbrough. In fact from 5-6pm on weekdays, children eat free. At The Curing House they take their foodie responsibilities seriously with a menu that sees them brining, curing and smoking – they even make their own bacon. This place is tasty. As is The Fork in the Road, which is also a social enterprise initiative – a non-profit restaurant that helps people through the medium of awesome food – it’s much-loved in the town.
Grey House Hotel is surrounded by attractive gardens making it an ideal spot to unwind. You’re also perfectly located to visit all the attractions that Middlesbrough has to offer. The Thistle Hotel in Middlesbrough is the largest hotel in the North-East region. With 132 rooms and city centre located, you really can't go wrong. Chadwicks guesthouse is a family run business in an ideal spot – the town centre, shops and nightlife are all within walking distance.
Albert Park is an ideal place to relax and unwind, or get active. There’s a roller skating rink, boating lake, tennis courts and a children’s play area. A mile from the station is The Riverside Stadium, which is a must for any football fan visiting the area. The iconic Transporter Bridge is an attraction in its own right and when you plummet from it via the Bridge Bungee Jump, you’ll definitely have unforgettable memories.
Any self-respecting follower of fashion will want to go to Psyche. The multi-award-winning department store opened here in 1964 and is packed with leading designer brands. For a high-street fix, head to Hillstreet Shopping Centre, which can be found just across the street from the station. And just beyond that, there’s the Cleveland Centre for even more stores.
For more ideas on what to do in Middlesbrough, visit Love Middlesbrough.