Once an industrial powerhouse of the North, Middlesbrough in North Yorkshire has changed beyond recognition over the years. It is famous for several things – notably its grade II listed Transporter Bridge, Middlesbrough FC and as the birthplace of explorer Captain James Cook. Middlesbrough locals are known as ‘Teesiders’ thanks to the town’s situation on the south bank of the River Tees.
Local attractions include the Dorman Museum, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, Kirkleatham Museum and the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. All offer insights into the rich industrial past of Middlesbrough and its illustrious history as one of Britain’s largest and most productive commercial hubs. Further afield Ormesby Hall, Teesmouth National Nature Reserve and local landmark Eston Nab are all areas of interest to visitors from far and wide. Animal lovers can check out the local wildlife at Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park and Portrack Marsh Nature Reserve. The latter is flanked by the Tees Barrage and Tees Viaduct – both landmarks in their own right.
Back in the centre of town amenities and facilities are impressive – with plenty of entertainment complexes, eateries, venues and shopping centres. Browse boutiques on Hill Street or head over to The Cleveland Centre, Captain Cook Shopping or Dundas Shopping to indulge in a little retail therapy with well-known high street names.
If you fancy sampling the local cuisine, why not order a ‘Parmo’? Despite its Italian-sounding name, the scallopini parmigiana or schnitzel is synonymous with the Yorkshire town and is considered a popular delicacy there. Consisting of breaded deep-fried chicken or pork, it is commonly topped with thick, creamy béchamel sauce and cheese then grilled until golden. Usually it is served with chips, salad and garlic sauce.
Middlesbrough is served by three international airports, Durham Tees Valley (22 minutes by car), Newcastle Airport and Leeds Bradford are just one hour away. Motorway and rail routes also link the town with major cities up and down the country.