Things to do in Middlesbrough

Although Middlesbrough is, and always will be, essentially a working town, there are plenty of ways to unwind, and the Thistle Middlesbrough is the perfect base from which to explore. From here, you’re within striking distance of Durham, the magnificent North York Moors, and the spectacular coastline between Saltburn and Whitby.  The Tees Valley offers excellent leisure activities from white water rafting at the Tees Barrage, surfing in Saltburn, horseracing at Redcar or racing on the largest karting track in Europe, it’s all right on our doorstep. We also happen to be the hotel closest to Middlesbrough FC’s magnificent Riverside Stadium, just a short 10 minute walk away.

APRIL 12 Hartlepool v Chesterfield Victoria Park
  19 Boro v Milwall Riverside Stadium
  21 Hartlepool v Morecombe Victoria Park
  25 Tees Valley Latin Festival Teesside University
  26 Boro v Barnsley Riverside Stadium
  26 Tees Valley Latin Festival Teesside University
  27 Tees Valley Latin Festival Teesside University
MAY 3 Hartlepool v Exeter City Victoria Park
  28 One Direction Stadium of Light, Sunderland
  31 Kings of Leon St James' Park, Newcastle
JUNE 7 Middlesbrough Mela Centre Square, Middlesbrough
  8 Middlesbrough Mela Centre Square, Middlesbrough
JULY 25 Sunderland Airshow Sunderland
  26 Sunderland Airshow Sunderland
  26 Stockton Weekender Stockton Riverside
  27 Stockton Weekender Stockton Riverside
  27 Sunderland Airshow Sunderland
  31 SIRF Stockton Riverside
AUGUST 1 SIRF Stockton Riverside
  2 SIRF Stockton Riverside
  3 SIRF Stockton Riverside
SEPTEMBER 7 Bupa Great North Run Newcastle upon Tyne
  27 Middlesbrough Pride Middlesbrough
  27 Middlesbrough Music Live Middlesbrough


Arts & Culture

  • Dorman Museum - 1.1 Miles

    Houses a large collection of items from the fantastic to the fabulous, celebrating Middlesbrough's heritage through natural history and geology to social history and Victorian arts and craft. Full disabled access throughout and additional facilities such as a café.

  • MIMA - 0.2 Miles

    This gallery in the centre of Middlesbrough is one of the UK’s leading galleries for modern & contemporary art. Featuring temporary host exhibitions of fine art and craft to internationally acclaimed artists.

  • Preston Hall Museum - 7.8 Miles

    Set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Tees. The museum has displays of art, armour and social history. Visitors can discover what life was like in the home since 1825 and stroll back in time along a typical local street of the 1890s.

  • Head of Steam - 22.5 Miles

    Restored 1842 passenger station on the original route of the Stockton and Darlington Railway (the world's 1st steam-worked public railway). The museum exhibits relate to railways in the North East of England and include Stephenson's Locomotion of 1825.

Local Attractions

  • RSPB Salthome - 1.7 Miles

    1,000 acres of former industrial land have been transformed into a world-class nature reserve. Explore the breathtaking, state-of-the-art building with panoramic views of this huge wetland and enjoy the walled wildlife gardens and adventure play area.

Outside of the city

  • Durham Cathedral - 27.3 Miles

    Durham Cathedral is renowned as a masterpiece of Romanesque architecture. It was begun in 1093 and largely completed within 40 years. It is the only cathedral in England to retain almost all of its Norman craftsmanship, and one of few to preserve the unity and integrity of its original design.

  • HMS Trincomalee - 8.0 Miles

    The oldest British warship still afloat. Its towering structure and thundering cannons, are a tribute to Hartlepool's seafaring tradition. It took over 10 years to restore the ship to her former glory – well worth a visit.

  • Hartlepool Maritime Museum - 8.0 Miles

    Hartlepool's Maritime Experience is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport and a fantastic place to visit for whatever your age. It brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar.


  • Hardwick Place - 17.0 Miles

    A place to be appreciated for its tranquillity and green space. With beautiful views and rich in nature all around, it has a lake, a woodland and wildflower meadows to attract a variety of birds, insects and mammals. Hardwick Park has something for everyone.


  • The Cleveland Tortine - 14.4 Miles

    The bistro with its fabulous Grade 1 listed ceiling and candle lit tables, has a unique atmosphere. It serves a wide selection of great food and wine, for lunch and dinner.

  • La Pharmacie Restraunt - 0.2 Miles

    A perfect prescription for a stylish eaterie, serving delicious food in a cool and contemporary atmosphere. Just what the doctor ordered for Middlesbrough.


  • Darlington Town Centre - 22.1 Miles

    Home to over 500 shops, including 250 independent stores you won’t find anywhere else! – The Town Centre is a lively and pleasant shopping environment. Whether you’re a shopaholic or a casual day tripper, you won’t be disappointed.

  • The MetroCentre - 40.0 Miles

    The Metrocentre in Newcastle is the largest shopping and leisure centre in the UK - and in Europe. With over 340 stores and restaurants, from High Street favourites to quirky boutiques, there is something for everyone.

  • Dalton Park - 19.2 Miles

    At Dalton Park, the biggest outlet shopping centre in the region, just off the A19, you can have it all - and save up to 50% off High Street prices on a wide range of top brands. There are more than 60 outlet shops selling over 200 different brands


  • Sailing at Scaling Dam - 26.6 Miles

    Situated on the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors approximately half way between Guisborough and Whitby on the A171 road, the reservoir is owned by Northumbrian Water Ltd. who lease the club house and sailing rights to Scaling Dam Sailing Club.

  • Middlesbrough Football Club - 1.0 Miles

    Riverside Stadium is home of Middlesbrough FC, one of the top teams in the hotbed of football that is the North East. Winners of the League Cup in 2004, ‘Boro’ now compete in the Championship. The fantastic tours are a real treat for any football fan

  • Surfing at Saltburn - 0.9 Miles

    Perhaps not the first place you'd expect to find an excellent surfing beach, yet the north-facing sands consistently come up with the goods and recent years have seen the development of a large community of surfers.

  • Bungee Jumping at Transporter Bridge - 0.5 Miles

    The Transporter is fast becoming one of the most famous bungee jump sites in the world. After climbing the 210 steps to the top of the bridge, you’ll have a brief period to take in the view from 160ft up before you plummet towards the River Tees.

Tourist Spot

  • Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art - 0.2 Miles

    The new glitzy glassed fronted Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, designed by top architects Erick van Egeraat, brings together the town’s art collections as well as a changing programme of touring art exhibitions.

  • Captain Cook Birthplace Museum - 3.5 Miles

    Middlesbrough is the famous explorer Captain Cook’s home territory and birthplace; explore his life at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Stewart Park.

  • HMS Endeavour - 5.5 Miles

    HMS Endeavour, also known as HM Bark Endeavour, was a British Royal Navy research vessel commanded by Lieutenant James Cook on his first voyage of discovery, to Australia and New Zealand from 1769 to 1771. Located just a few miles away in Stockton-on-Tees.

  • Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre - 0.5 Miles

    A local landmark of Middlesbrough since 1911, the Transporter Bridge is one of only 3 still in existence in Britain. The bridge is a total of 851 feet in length which makes it the longest of those remaining Transporter Bridges in the world.

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