as well as looking into the colourful history and heritage of Staithes itself, there is a tribute to the area's most famous son, Captain James Cook .
Museum collections are : Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities and Social History.
A complete recreation of Sanderson's shop, where a young Captain Cook was once an apprentice as well an enormous amount of information about the fishing and mining industries which were very important to Staithes, with its rich deposits of Alum, iron ore and potash
this is an 18th century Frigate of the Royal Navy. It was built back in the times of Nelson. It was actually built in India, under the plans and supervision of the British Navy.
It served for 47 years as a fully functional navy vessel and has basically been around the world. From India to the UK and as far south as the Falkland Islands. And this was done without engines of any kind, no electricity and by the power of the Wind.
Once you tour the ship, you get a real sense of what it was like to live and work in the royal navy in the 18th century. It amazed us as to what the life and living conditions were like back then. It also proves that we are pampered in todays age of air conditioning and plumbing.
GO VISIT THE BORO, AT THE RIVERSIDE STADIUM...
CURRENTLY, AS THIS IS WRITTEN WE ARE 8TH IN THE PREMIERSHIP, WITH PRICES STARTING AT £24 FOR ADULTS AND £15 FOR UNDER 16S OR OVER 65S.
BEING IN THE PREMIERSHIP MEANS THAT YOU WILL SEE TWO QUALITY TEAMS PLAYING, SO DEFINITELY WOULD RECOMMEND ANY FOOTBALL FAN COMING TO SEE A GAME.
The watersports centre is close to the Tees Barrage. The Tees now meets all regulations to comply with “European bathing quality standards” and so is clean enough to venture into. You still won't get me in that water - it might be clean but I bet its mighty cold!
There is a purpose built white water course for canoeing and rafting – both for beginners and international competitors.
The National Park stretches from the southern suburbs of Middlesbrough out to the East Coast and almost to York.
There is some spectacular scenery on the Moors and if you time it correctly in summer then you will see the beautiful purple heather in bloom. As well as the flora, there is also the spectacular coastal views. There are some of the highest cliffs around Boulby up towards Saltburn.
Some of my personal favourite spots within the National Park include:
Staithes ( it is quite a hike down to the harbour but well worth the effort). It is a quaint little fishing village.
Helmsley and the nearby gothic Rievaulx Abbey.
Whitby - see my page on Whitby for further details.
There are many signposted hikes for the more energetic including the Cleveland Way. All walks within the area are well signposted.
Middlesborough’s Transporter Bridge is the town’s best-known landmark. Like Middlesbrough itself, it is a relic from the glorious industrial times. It was built in 1911 to connect Middlesbrough to the industrial areas on the nothern bank of the Tees river at Port Clarence. Transport bridges like these saw only a short period of prosper. Their limited capacity and their susceptibility to adverse weather conditions gave traditional bridges and advantage over this new construction. They are rarely new built and make only sense where a high ramp can not be built. Middlesbrough’s Transporter Bridge is only one of seven worldwide in use.
The bridge is often closed on weekends or when special events like bungee jumping take place. The information center next to the bridge is only ocassionally open. It shows information about the bridge and some about Middlesbrough’s history.
The Transporter Bridge spans the river Tees. Passengers and vehicles are lifted and transported in around 2 1/2 minutes across the river on a large platform suspended from an overhead gantry. It was the first working bridge of its kind in the country, now there are two and apparently only about 7 total in the world.
The Cleveland Centre has great shopping. There is a large variety of boutiques and eateries. Aside from the smaller retail stores, you will find larger chain stores like Dolcis, WH Smith, Boots, H Samuels, Top Shop, Clarks, Etam, Thorntons, the HMV Megastore, and Littlewoods
Walkways lead out to the High Street where there are other well known stores. There is a replica of Captain Cook's ship, the Endeavour, hanging from the ceiling.
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum sits on the site of Cook's birthplace in Marton which is on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.
You can find it in the beautiful landscaped grounds of Stewart Park. Outside stands a traditionally carved Nootka totem pole from Canada which guards the entrance.
Open Apr - Oct Tuesday - Sunday 10 - 5.30pm. Nov - Mar Tues - Sun 9.30 - 4.00pm
Middlesbrough Town Hall is in the heart of the town, and is a major entertainments venue.
It was built in a late Victorian Gothic style of architecture and still retains many of its original features. It stands in amongst the more modern designs of the town.
join a Gym.
Teesside is packed with Gyms, they're springing up everywhere, and the David Lloyd Club is the biggest and probably the best of them.
The Abbey fell into disrepair when when Henry VIII decided that his whizzy new idea Anglicanism -- would give him more power and also allow him to steal all the Church's money. And it worked. The Abbey, like so many others around the country, fell into graceful disrepair after the monks were shooed off, the deterioration selflessly aided in the Great War by the German fleet which decided to shell the Abbey for a bit of a laugh. Their marksmanship turned out to be poor so they sailed further north in search of a bigger stationary target that they might actually hit more than once. South Shields and Newcastle upon Tyne as it turned out.
Exploring the Graveyard of St. Mary's Church
'The houses of the old town . . . are all red-roofed, and seemed piled up one over the other . . .'
. . . so wrote Bram Stoker ( 1847-1912 ) in his famous horror novel 'Dracula'
Stoker's words continue, ' Between it and the town there is another church, the parish one,
round which is a big graveyard, all full of tombstones'
There are hundreds of them, mostly of sandstone, and in their position on the cliff-top,
they've been weathered over hundreds of years by fierce storms blowing in from the North Sea,
so much so that most of the words carved into their faces are gone...
It was the view from a bench, now the Bram Stoker Memorial Seat, perched high over there on West Cliff,
that inspired the author's Whitby scenes. From that spot he could see the cliffs near where
the Russian ship, 'Demeter', comes ashore, the location of the first encounters between Dracula and Lucy.