Welcome to Tees Valley

Whether you are coming home, returning or visiting for the first time, there is always something new to discover in Tees Valley.

Located in the North East of England between County Durham and North Yorkshire, Tees Valley is made up of Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Redcar & Cleveland and Stockton-on-Tees – each a unique location bursting with things to do, places to see and stories to tell.

Make a splash at the Tees Barrage International White Water Centre, an Olympic standard white water course, overlooked by Air Trail – the biggest climbing adventure course of its kind in the UK. Take a leap from the only bridge in England that you can bungee jump off – The Transporter Bridge in Middlesbrough. Explore Hartlepool Marina, home to on-water activity including jet skiing, paddle boarding and power boating or discover the historic quay home of the HMS Trincomalee, the oldest commissioned Royal Navy ship still afloat.

Enjoy the dramatic coastline that can be found in Hartlepool and Redcar & Cleveland including the pretty Victorian seaside town of Saltburn-by-the-Sea – where you can take a stroll along the most northerly surviving British pier and the only remaining pleasure pier on the North East coast.

Explore the stunning countryside and coast on foot or by bike with many wonderful routes across the region – from bracing coastal walks  and challenging hikes to forest mountain biking. Discover your own route through the market towns and picturesque villages or take on part of a national route with The Teesdale Way, Cleveland Way and national cycling network running through the region.

If all of that isn’t enough, you can immerse yourself in Tees Valley’s culture and industrial heritage, much of which is world famous. Get lost in the grounds at Gisborough Priory, one of the first Augustinian priories built in England or voyage into the story of British explorer Captain James Cook at his Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough.

Dates for your diary

Event Highlights include; the East Cleveland Klondike Grand Prix in April, Stockton International Riverside Festival (SIRF)  across July and August, Festival of Thrift in September plus a host of food markets and music festivals. The Tour de Yorkshire passes through Redcar in 2020 and Tees Valley is a host destination for the Rugby League World Cup in 2021.

For more inspiration and to plan your visit head to enjoyteesvalley.com.

Top Five Tees Valley Experiences not to miss

White water rafting at Tees Barrage, Stockton

Take to the water and explore the River Tees, which winds its way through Tees Valley, on kayak, canoe, paddle board, power boat or raft. Get the blood pumping by visiting the Olympic standard white water rafting course or scale the UK’s biggest sky trail high ropes adventure course – Air Trail.

Catch a wave at Saltburn

The picturesque town of Saltburn, with its beautiful coastline and Victorian charm, is the perfect spot to catch some waves. On or off the board there is lots to explore here too. You can take a ride on the oldest water balanced cliff tramway in Britain that is still in operation, stroll along the long stretching pleasure pier, spend your pennies in the seaside arcades and, of course, no trip to the beach is complete without sampling some deliciously fresh fish and chips.

Museums in Middlesbrough

As well as journeying through the life of Captain James Cook at the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, you can visit one of the UK’s leading modern art galleries at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (Mima) or lose yourself among the eclectic collections of the Dorman Museum, including the largest public collection of Linthorpe Pottery.

National Museum of the Royal Navy Hartlepool

Embark on a fascinating journey through time, set in an authentically-created historic quayside of the 1800s.

Experience Fighting Ships, a powerful insight into the tough lives of sailors from around the time of Admiral Lord Nelson and the Battle of Trafalgar. Learn how they were press-ganged and see what life was like on board HMS Trincomalee – the oldest warship in Europe still afloat.

Feel the firepower of guns from the era, with live demonstrations and re-enactments taking place around the quayside.

Rockliffe Hall, Darlington

Relax in five-star luxury at this North East hidden gem. Set in idyllic surroundings, Rockliffe Hall offers an award-winning spa, one of the most challenging golf courses in Europe and three luxury restaurants. While you are there you can also discover the resort’s links to Lewis Carroll and explore the new Alice in Wonderland-themed MischMasch area.

For more inspiration on things to do in Tees Valley visit enjoyteesvalley.com

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