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  • 1. History of Middlesbrough

    Most of Middlesbrough was designed in the 19th century. It was a purpose-built town formed on a grid pattern with a market square and church in the centre. Coal, shipyards, iron works, printers and breweries were big industries at this time. There are many historic buildings and structures in the town centre, including the Albert Road Bridge and the Empire Mecca Social Club, bu...Read moreilt as a music hall in 1897 and now used as a nightclub. Read less

  • 2. Now in Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough FC is a Premier League club based at the Riverside Stadium. Boro plays a big part in the town's life. Middlesbrough Borough Council has an Urban Regeneration Strategy in place, which will gradually transform the town over many years. One major area being developed is the Middlehaven waterfront area. The Stockton-Middlesbrough initiative involves developing the are...Read morea that links the two towns, to create a new urban centre. Read less

  • 3. Events in Middlesbrough

    Discover Middlesbrough is an annual festival that runs for three weeks in September and celebrates the town, its attractions and its people. Many events are held in a variety of venues. Supergay is an annual festival celebrating the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) community in Middlesbrough. Events take place in September and include the huge Pride Parade through ...Read morethe town centre. Animex is an international festival of animation and computer games that takes place at Teeside University, Middlesbrough, every February. This event attracts visitors from around the world. The INTRO music festival, previously known as Middlesbrough Music Live, takes place over one day in June and features all the big names in rock and pop. Middlesbrough Fashion Week, Middlesbrough Mela, Party in the Park and the Cleveland Show are also big events on the town's annual calendar. Read less

  • 4. Attractions in Middlesbrough

    The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum tells the story of the explorer through galleries, activities and events. The Dorman Museum has eight themed galleries ranging from local history to astronomy. The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) is a modern art gallery in the heart of the town centre. Ormesby Hall is an 18th century National Trust Georgian mansion featuring a Vic...Read moretorian kitchen and laundry, attractive gardens, family trails and more. Nature's World is a visitor attraction including demonstration gardens, the earthship, eco-gardens, displays, adventure play areas and more. Read less

  • 5. Things To Do in Middlesbrough

    The countryside around Middlesbrough includes famous landmark The Roseberry Topping. This distinctive hill was formed by a geological fault and a collapsed mine, and now offers great views. The town has many green spaces, including the Grade 2 listed Albert Park with its roller skating rink, boating lake, bowling greens, tennis courts, café, play areas and historic attractions...Read more. Pallister Park has roller skating rinks, football pitches, plays areas and more. Fairy Dell is a wooded valley and wildlife haven containing Marton West Beck. Many family events take place at this site. Prissick Skate Plaza is designed for skateboards, BMX bikes and inline skates, and is one of the biggest skate parks in the region. Read less

  • 6. Business in Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough has four main shopping centres. The Mall is home to many high street stores and fashion outlets. Hillstreet Shopping Centre has department stores, high street shops and cafes. Captain Cook Square is an outdoor shopping mall centred around a square, with benches, plants and street entertainment. The Dundas Shopping Mall has many independent stores and often has per...Read moreformers to entertain shoppers. Read less

  • 7. Transport in Middlesbrough

    By road, the A66 links to the M1 motorway to the west, while the A19 is the main road leading to the north and south of the town. Durham Tees Valley Airport, Darlington, is the nearest airport to Middlesbrough and is about 12 miles from the town. The airport has domestic and international flights. Newcastle Airport is about 40 miles from Middlesbrough and has many international...Read more and domestic flights. Middlesbrough Railway station, in Zetland Road, has good services to the rest of the UK. Read less

  • 8. Entertainment in Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough Town Hall has a varied programme of entertainment on offer from classical music to pop and rock, and from comedy to craft fairs. Many big names perform at this venue. Middlesbrough Theatre stages orchestral performances, plays, ballet, musicals and live comedy in an intimate setting. Middlesbrough has a healthy live music scene and venues include Dr Browns, The Cr...Read moreown, The Princess Alice, The Dickens Inn and The Cornerhouse. Read less

  • 9. Famous Landmarks in Middlesbrough

    Middlesbrough's famous Transporter Bridge was opened in 1911 and is one of only three of its kind in Britain. It is 259.3 metres long, making it the longest of its kind.

  • 10. Interesting Facts about Middlesbrough

    Many people in Middlesbrough thought their Transporter Bridge was being moved to America after a series of the TV show Auf Wiedersehen Pet saw builders taking it apart and moving it to Arizona. The demolition of the bridge was all just done very realistically on the computer.


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