Middlesbrough was a major force in the industrial period, growing faster than any other place in the UK. Half the world has been constructed with iron and steel mined from Middlesbrough's surrounding hills including Victoria Falls and the Tsing Ma Bridge, Hong Kong. Look out for the 'Made In Middlesbrough' stamp on the Sydney Harbour Bridge!
Forget all your preconceptions of industry; you won't see a skyline like this anywhere else. "Teesside Lights", Middlesbrough's industrial landscape, is an extraordinary man made sight. In fact it was the inspiration for Ridley Scott's Bladerunner, who was born in nearby North Shields.
Middlesbrough isn't all bustle and built up town. It's right next to the North York Moors, the Cleveland Way and one of the North East's most famous landmarks, Roseberry Topping. Roseberry Topping's 360 degree views are so spectacular that the Vikings originally named it after their god Odin.
At 3pm on a Saturday, you can't fail to notice the crowds as they make their way down to The Riverside Stadium to cheer on the boys in red of Middlesbrough Football Club. The 2004 League Cup champions play in the top flight of Premier League English football.
After all that exploring, you'll be ready for bed - and where better to head than the Holiday Inn Express. The hotel offers bright, contemporary double and twin rooms. A pillow menu allows guests to sleep in the utmost comfort