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Places to visit in Teesside

Great places to visit in Teesside

Splash Leisure and Activity Centre

Places to Visit in Teesside - SplashSplash is a busy vibrant leisure centre and gym, and must be included when considering places to visit in Teesside.  There is lots going on for all the family.  Their offers include, swimming, dancing, karate, wrestling, ju jitsu, table tennis and mini soccer to name but a few.  Based in Stockton upon Tees, open every day, with a range of membership options.  READ MORE



Head of Steam Railway Museum

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Railway Museum

The Head of Steam Railway Museum, formerly known as the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum, first opened in 1975, and is housed within the North Road Station built in 1842.
This railroad museum has exhibits which are devoted to the area formly served by the North Eastern Railway and  the railway industry of Darlington,  and also focuses particularly on the  Stockton and Darlington Railway, which was the world’s first steam powered passenger railway and one of the great historical places to visit in Teesside.  READ MORE


MIMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Places to Visit in Teesside -  mima

Mima was formerly opened in January 2007.  It was created in partnership with  Teesside University.   Previously this was known as the Cleveland Gallery, which closed in 2003, while the Mima gallery was being constructed.   The Mima Gallery houses an education suite, as well as the gallery.  There is also a cafe bar, shop and roof terrace where visitors can relax and browse.

The centre has hosted numerous exhibitions in its gallery and has its own wonderful collection of fine and applied art from early 18th Century.  The collections are not constantly displayed, being brought out during the programme of exhibitions.   READ MORE


Tees Transporter Bridge

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Tees Transporter BridgeThe  Tees Transporter bridge was inspired in 1872 when Charles Smith, Manager of the Hartlepool Iron Works, submitted a scheme to Middlesbrough Corporation. to cross  the River Tees.  The scheme was not pursued and following a 1907 Act of Parliament the Bridge was built by Sir William Arrol & Co of Glasgow at a cost of£68,026 6s 8d, between 1910 and 1911,  replacing the steam ferry services.  The opening ceremony was performed on 17 October 1911 by Prince Arthur of Connaught. The bridge was awarded the Institution of Mechanical Engineers‘ highest honour in December 1993.   and in 1985, the historical importance was also recognised by its listing as a Grade II.  READ MORE


Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Captain Cooks Birthplace Museum - Places to Visit in Teesside -

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which is open to the public,  is located in Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, which covers over 120 acres,  two lakes and woodlands.  It is one of three institutions run by theMiddlesbrough Museum & Gallery Service along with the Dorman Museum and the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art .

Captain Cook Birthplace  museum opened in 1978, the 250th anniversary of the birth in the same spot of British naval explorer and circumnavigator, Captain James Cook.  READ MORE


Ormesby Hall

Ormesby Hall - Places to Visit in Teesside - Ormesby Hall  a Grade I listed building, is a predominantly 18th-century mansion house completed in 1754.  This is s situated in Ormesby, only three miles from Middlesbrough, in the north-east of England.  The home of the Pennyman family,  dating back to 1600, the property has been much modernised, and  now described as a “classic Georgian mansion”, it comprises a main residential block and an adjacent stable block. The stable block housed the horses of Cleveland Police Mounted Section until their disbandment in December 2013.  Steeped in history, this beautiful Hall is a must do in your places to visit in Teesside.   READ MORE


 Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium

Places to Visit in Teesside -  Riverside StadiumThe Middlesbrough FC Riverside Stadium, is home to Middlesbrough AFC… READ MORE

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Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

Places To Visit In Tyne and Wear

A Selection of Places To Visit in Tyne and Wear

Upside Down Presents

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - North East England Tourists

Nestled in the heart of Newcastle NE1 Quayside district, sandwiched in between the Castle and the Tyne Bridge, (one of the most cultural places to visit in Tyne and Wear)  is the unique UpSide Down Presents, 61 Side to be precise.

Offering local gifts, magnets, postcards, mugs, tea-towels, candles and more – as well as highly originalgreeting cards and other keepsakes and rare bits and bobs you just have to have.


Bessie Surtees House

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Bessie Surtees House - Visiting North East EnglandHoused on bustling Newcastle Quayside, Bessie Surtees House consists of two merchant’s houses.  Bessie Surtees House is a great find and one of the most historical places to visit in Tyne and Wear.  The houses are grade 1 listed buildings which have been owned and maintained by English Heritage since 1989.  The buildings (addresses were originally nos 41 and 44 Sandhill)  are very rare; built in Jacobean times (The reign of King James 1).  Bessie Surtees house is famous because the lady the house is named after eloped with John Scott a coal merchants son, who eventually became the Lord Chancellor of England.   John Scott, became Lord Eldon, when he entered the House of Lords in 1799 READ MORE


Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Silksworth Sports ComplexSilksworth was a small mining community in Sunderland, although most of the links back to a vibrant mining community have all but disappeared.   It now proudly boasts the  Silksworth Sports Complex, which is a must go to venue for visitors to North East England.  With  3 dry ski-slopes, for all you skiing enthusiasts to practice, 2 lakes which are brilliant for anyone who wants to while away the hours fishing, a lovely picnic area, and for the kids an adventure playground, as well as a skating park.    For the more sportier there is an athletics track, tennis courts,  soccer and hockey pitches.  READ MORE

Centre for Life – Science Centre

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Science Centre

All areas of the Science Centre including major exhibitions, the planetarium, 4D Motion Ride and Science Theatreare included in the Science Centre ticket. Special events may have separate pricing; visit the What’s On page for details. Food and drinks are sold separately in the cafes.

Buying tickets

Want a Science Centre ticket? Buy your tickets from Science Centre reception on the day of your visit. Online booking not available.    READ MORE


Wet and Wild

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - Wet and WildKids and Adults will have lots of fun at Wet and Wild, with brilliant slides and water fun, with features for all ages. It seems like this great attraction has been entertaining the people of the North East of England for ever!  But it’s still never lost it’s wide appeal.   There is something for all the family and it’s a perfect day out over the Holidays.  Check the timetable for opening times, and with prices from £2.95 it’s not to be missed.  READ MORE



The Biscuit Factory

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - The biscuit factorySituated just outside of Newcastle City Centre, the Biscuit Factory, is hosting a Spring Exhibition over the Easter Holidays.  The exhibition actually begins in early March and runs until May.  As well as seeing the exhibition, the Biscuit Factory is an unusual place to visit, offering afternoon tea, or lunch, visitors can eat in the Factory Kitfchen, or the Artisan, headed by Andrew Wilkinson who was voted North East Chef of the year.  READ MORE



St Marys Island

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear - St Marys IslandBuilt in 1898, St Marys Island is a prominent and important historical landmark to see when visiting North East England.  The lighthouse was in use until 1984 and was a beacon for sailors and travellers on the stormy and unpredictable North Sea.  It is now a visitors centre, owned and maintained by North Tyneside Council.   READ MORE




Animal Handling at For Paws

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Every half term at For Paws, Gosforth, we host wonderful animal handling events.   We regularly open our doors for people in the community to come in and see how wonderful our residents are!    Come along and meet some cracking animals including spring chicks, baby tortoises, baby guinea pigs, snakes, skinks, rabbits and many many more!      READ MORE


Gibside Country Estate

Places to Visit in Tyne and Wear -Gibside


Gibside is a country estate, hosting a beautiful landscaped garden, owned by the National Trust and nestling in the beautiful Derwent Valley.  The Derwent Valley can be found between Rowlands Gill and Burnopfield, in Tyne and Wear.    The National Trust acquired Gibside in 1965, it was previously owned by the Bowes-Lyon family.






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