About Tees Valley
With over 30 miles of spectacular coastline and beautiful green open spaces, Tees Valley enjoys a superb location, between North Yorkshire and County Durham, with easy access to Tyne and Wear, Northumberland and Cumbria. The area is sometimes known as Captain Cook Country and the Maritime explorer Captain James Cook is perhaps Tees Valley’s most famous son, but his story is just one part of an intriguing local history. The first passenger railway opened in Stockton in 1825, and Middlesbrough was world famous for its iron production in the nineteenth century; two factors that have dramatically influenced the face of contemporary Tees Valley.
Darlington, is an attractive market town, with contemporary facilities supported by attractive rural villages and delightful countryside. Enjoy learning of the pioneers of rail travel at the Head of Steam Railway Museum to the story of the Quakers who shaped to the face of today's Darlington. The town also has Roman history with the site of a Roman fort and bridge at nearby Piercebridge, on the Roman road of Dere Street. Hartlepool, part of the Captain Cook Trail, has the multi award-winning Hartlepool maritime Experience and HMS Trincomalee the country’s oldest floating warship and the Museum of Hartlepool tells the story of the town from its heyday as a busy sea port to the present day marina developments. The beautiful local St. Hilda’s Church provides you with a flavour of the town's Christian Heritage.
Middlesbrough once was dubbed the 'Hercules' of Britain's industrial empire. Despite its formal status as a town it is the commercial capital of Tees Valley. The modern changes are highlighted by the development of MIMA – the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art and its award winning Middlehaven waterfront developments.
Redcar and Cleveland is sandwiched between the North York Moors National Park and the Heritage Coast of Cleveland and North Yorkshire. With towering cliff faces and rolling countryside you can truly get away from it all. Attractions including the gorgeous scenery of Roseberry Topping, and Gisborough Priory.
Stockton–on-Tees, birthplace of the railway, now has water sports and leisure activities as its main attraction. The Teesside Princess river cruise to the village of Yarm is a wonderful local attraction. Stockton is also a shopping heaven; from its famous High Street market, which dates from the 1300s, to small but fascinating, independent retailers, the town is a joy to explore.
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