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.

23, 24, 25, 26 Tees Valley Latin Festival - Teesside University
25 Hartlepool v Exeter - Victoria Park

1 Ex Boro Players' Dinner - Thistle Middlesbrough Call 01642 232000
2 Boro v Brighton & Hove Albion - Riverside Stadium
8 Big Country - Billingham Forum Theatre
12 Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall
16 Katherine Ryan - Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
18, 19 Take That - Metro Radio Arena
21 The Drifters - Billingham Forum Theatre
25 Foo Fighters - Stadium of Light
30 Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra - Middlesbrough Town Hall
30, 31 Rugby Magic Weekend - St James' Park

6, 7 Middlesbrough Mela - Centre Square, Middlesbrough
8 Bolshoi Ballet (Ivan The Terrible) - Arc, Stockton
13 Patrick Monahan - Middlesbrough Town Hall Crypt
26 Joe McElderry - Billingham Forum Theatre
27, 28 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship - Croft Circuit

4  Joe Longthorne - Billingham Forum Theatre
16 Kevin Bridges - Middlesbrough Town Hall
24, 25, 26 Sunderland Airshow - Sunderland
29, 30 Alan Carr - Middlesbrough Town Hall

9 Jimmy Carr - Middlesbrough Town Hall

13 Bupa Great North Run - Newcastle upon Tyne
25 The Jacksons - Middlesbrough Theatre
27 Middlesbrough Pride - Middlesbrough
27 Middlesbrough Music Live - Middlesbrough
29 Paddy McGuinness - Middlesbrough Town Hall

  1 Roy Chubby Brown - Middlesbrough Town Hall
15 Sarah Millican - Arc, Stockton
24 Chris Ramsey - Middlesbrough Town Hall

21 Dave Gorman - Middlesbrough Town Hall
21 Elkie Brookes - Arc, Stockton

10,11 Sarah Millican - Middlesbrough Town Hall

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.

  • 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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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