Middlesbrough is a lively and fun town at the heart of Teesside and the big Tees Valley area. Once famous around the world for making iron and steel, it’s now a place where people come together for great shopping, tasty food, and cool events. There are places to enjoy art, watch a show, and have a good time. It’s also a place where businesses grow and work together. So, Middlesbrough isn’t just about its rich history. It’s also a place that’s looking forward to an exciting future, and it welcomes everyone to join in the adventure.

From a town which in the Victorian era grew exponentially into a global centre of the iron and steel industry, Middlesbrough has emerged as the city-centre heart of Teesside and the wider Tees Valley; a hub for culture, entertainment, shopping, dining as well as business and industry.

Note – while we use the phrase “city-centre” Middlesbrough is in fact classified as a town. See the difference between towns and cities, here. Discover Yorkshire’s cities.

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Accommodation in Middlesbrough

There’s a range of excellent accommodation options in Middlesbrough, ranging from self catering apartments and holiday cottages near the town, to hotels.

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Southfield lodge

48 Southfield Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3EU, United Kingdom

Sporting Lodge Inn Middlesbrough

Low Lane, Thornaby, Stainton Village, Middlesbrough, TS17 9LW, United Kingdom

Alphalink Apartment

1 Oxford Street, Middlesbrough, TS1 4NN, United Kingdom

Dream Apartments Middlesbrough

5 Linthorpe Road , Middlesbrough, TS1 1RE, United Kingdom

Gresham House

34 Gresham Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 4LL

Sandling Court

56 Sandling Ct, Marton-in-Cleveland, Middlesbrough TS7 8QP, UK

Events in Middlesbrough

The following grid shows a short sample of events in Middlesbrough. Most of the big touring acts will stop by the town, which in particular hosts comedy events, with the local people known for their great sense of humour.

Take That: This Life On Tour at Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough

Middlehaven Way, Middlesbrough, TS3 6RS

Date & Time:

May 24th, 2024 5:00pm

Russell Kane: HyperActive at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ

Date & Time:

November 1st, 2024 8:00pm

Garth Marenghi’s INCARCERAT Book Tour at The Crypt, Middlesbrough

Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 1LP

Date & Time:

February 24th, 2024 4:00pm

Mo Gilligan: In The Moment World Tour at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ

Date & Time:

November 8th, 2024 8:00pm

Paddy McGuinness – Nearly There… at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ

Date & Time:

November 7th, 2024 7:00pm

Al Murray – Guv Island at Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough

Albert Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 2QQ

Date & Time:

March 16th, 2024 7:30pm

As you can see, there are plenty of great events coming to Middlesbrough. Certainly too many to view here. Click here to browse all event scheduled to take place in Middlesbrough.

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Middlesbrough on the map

You can find Middlesbrough across the river Tees from Stockton, and to the west of the coastal town of Redcar. By road, you can reach the town via the A19, from York.

Visitors from the West and in Yorkshire, will find the A66 from Darlington a fast route into ‘Boro, as it provides a link to the A1 motorway.

Middlesbrough Fact Pack

  1. Middlesbrough is a large town located in North Yorkshire, England.
  2. The town was founded in 1830 and quickly grew to become an industrial powerhouse during the 19th century.
  3. Middlesbrough was the birthplace of Captain James Cook, the famous British explorer who discovered Australia and many Pacific islands.
  4. The town is home to the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA), which houses a collection of modern and contemporary art.
  5. Middlesbrough is also home to the Riverside Stadium, the home of Middlesbrough FC, a professional football club.
  6. The town is situated on the south bank of the River Tees and is known for its industrial heritage, including iron and steel production.
  7. Middlesbrough is the largest town in the Tees Valley region, which includes the nearby towns of Stockton-on-Tees and Darlington.
  8. The town is home to a number of parks and green spaces, including Albert Park, Stewart Park, and the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre.
  9. Middlesbrough is home to Teesside University, which has around 18,000 students and offers a wide range of courses.
  10. The town has a number of famous landmarks, including the Transporter Bridge, which is the largest remaining transporter bridge in the world.
  11. Middlesbrough has a rich musical heritage and has produced a number of well-known bands and musicians, including Chris Rea, Paul Rodgers, and Maximo Park.
  12. The town has a strong sporting tradition, with successful teams in football, rugby, and cricket.
  13. Middlesbrough is home to the Cleveland Centre, which is the largest shopping centre in the town.
  14. The town has a rich history of shipbuilding, with many famous ships being built in its shipyards, including the famous HMS Trincomalee.
  15. As an industrial powerhouse on the East coast of England, Middlesbrough was heavily bombed during World War II, and many of its buildings were destroyed or damaged.
  16. Middlesbrough is well-connected, with good road and rail links to other parts of the UK.
  17. The town has a number of popular annual events, including the Middlesbrough Mela, a celebration of South Asian culture, and the Riverside Festival, a music and arts festival.
  18. Middlesbrough has a number of historic churches and other buildings, including the Gothic-style St Hilda’s Church.
  19. The town is situated near to the North York Moors National Park, which offers beautiful scenery and a range of outdoor activities.
  20. The town has a number of good schools and colleges, including the renowned Cleveland College of Art and Design.

FAQs about Middlesbrough

What is Middlesbrough known for?

Middlesbrough is known for its industrial heritage, particularly in the steel and chemical industries. It is also home to the Riverside Stadium, the home ground of Middlesbrough Football Club.

What are some popular attractions in Middlesbrough?

Some popular attractions in Middlesbrough include the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, the Dorman Museum, and the Transporter Bridge. The town also has a number of parks and green spaces, including Albert Park and Stewart Park.

Is Middlesbrough a safe place to visit?

ike any town or urban area, Middlesbrough has its share of crime and safety concerns. However, the town has a dedicated police force and a number of initiatives aimed at improving safety and reducing crime. Visitors will feel safe in the town.

What is the weather like in Middlesbrough?

Middlesbrough has a temperate maritime climate, with mild temperatures and moderate rainfall throughout the year. Summers are generally warm and sunny, while winters can be cold and wet.

What is the best way to get to Middlesbrough?

Middlesbrough is well-connected by road and rail, with good links to major cities such as Newcastle, Leeds, and Manchester. The town also has its own airport, Durham Tees Valley Airport (formerly called Teesside Airport), which offers flights to a number of destinations in the UK and Europe.

Where Next After Middlesbrough

After visiting Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire, there are plenty of other places to explore in the area. Just a short drive away is the charming town of Whitby, known for its picturesque harbor and historic abbey. Visitors can also take a stroll along the beach or indulge in some fish and chips at one of the many seaside restaurants.

Another must-see destination in the area is the North York Moors National Park. This stunning landscape is home to rolling hills, heather-covered moors, and quaint villages. Visitors can hike or bike through the park, take a scenic drive, or even hop on a steam train for a unique perspective.

For those interested in history, the city of York is a 1.5 hour drive from Middlesbrough. York is home to a wealth of historic sites, including the iconic York Minster, the medieval city walls, and the Jorvik Viking Centre. Visitors can also explore the city’s charming streets and enjoy a pint at one of the many traditional pubs.

Be sure to check out other nearby locations in North East Yorkshire including Great AytonYarmSaltburn and Guisborough.

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