Stockton-on-Tees Travel Guide

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Stockton-on-Tees Highlights

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    wildheart says…

     well, it's my home! 

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     Post-industrial, high unemployment. 

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     Stockon will always be remembered for the first Locomotive journey. 

Stockton-on-Tees Things to Do

  • Preston Park

    This is a lovey park that leads down to the riverbank. There is a play park for the kids, an aviary and a manor house. The house is actually really cool, not only have the rooms been turned into a museum, but it's courtyard has been turned into a period street with a blacksmiths, a toy shop, a sweet shop, etc. The park itself it big enough to take...


    The river Tees flows through Stockton. the river is used for many activities. rowing and water sports take place on the water as well as boat trips and a floating nightclub.

  • Visit the ARC

    The ARC is Stocktons cultural hub, this theatre is modern in design and concept. The shows vary and offer something for everyone. Visit the website for more info!

  • Captain Cooks Ship!

    Between the Millenium Bridge and Victoria bridge we can see a replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavour.I found this quite unique and the highlight of my trip to Stockton.

  • Millenium Bridge

    Stockton’s newest river crossing a footbridge linking the Castlegate Centre of the High Street to Teesdale is the Teesquay Millenium Bridge.

  • Princess Diana Bridge

    On the boundary of Stockton we can see the Princess of Wales Bridge, often referred to as the Diana Bridge. Inaugurated on the 23rd September, 1992, it provides a road crossing between the Riverside Road, Stockton and the Teesdale area of Thornaby.

  • The Tees Barrage

    This impressive barrage/bridge was an expensive piece of engineering costing the UK tax payers around £50 million. It was finished in 1992 and it 70 meters long.There is a pavillion on each end and before the completion of the barrage the river was tidal upstream to the small town of Yarm. Apparently the waters are cleaner too and the fish have...

  • Preston Park Museum

    A Victorian Mannor house that has been turned into a museum. The gardens have been maintained and are now parkland that is open to the public free of charge. In the grounds there is a childrens play park, a bird enclosure, and butterfly world ( for a charge). In the summer you can hire canoes and paddle down the river and orienteering is available...

  • River Cruise

    Jump on the Teesside Princess Cruiser, just behind the high street during summer. You can have a drink on board and cruise up the Tees amongst the Swans and salmon into historic Yarm.......a fantastic traditional English village, for old and young alike.


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Stockton-on-Tees Restaurants

  • Wine, Dine and Dance

    This restaurant come bar is situated just off the the main high street and fronts on to the river. I was told by colleagues this was the trendy place to be seen. After reading their menu there was nothing of interest for me so I didnt actually go in. However, it certainly seemed to attract the young and trendy.

  • Fine Halal Kashmiri cooking in Stockton...

    Ali Baba's from the name and my first impression from the outside was "another wannabe". However I was more than pleasently surprised by not only the wonderful food but also the great service. This unique restaurant is halal, offers both Pakistani and Mexican eating as well as providing a warm, comfortable environment to eat in. The waiting is...

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Stockton-on-Tees Nightlife

  • A blast from the past!

    Apparently this is the hub of night life in Stockton town centre, so I have been told. It looked outdated during the day.An interesting turbaned gentleman sits atop the foyer and large writing of the joints sponsorship can be seen on the front. An interesting building sandwiched between the high street shops, somehow just doesnt seem to fit in.

  • Rock Night

    This old theatre now plays host to a rock night every Friday. If you're into heavy rock or nu-metal this is a good spot for this. But if that's not your thing then it's a good venue for live music of an idie/alternative persuasion. This unfortunately isn't a regular thing, but usually falls on a Thursday night. Best to check in a free magazine...

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Stockton-on-Tees Transportation

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    Stockton Bus

    by Muarrij Written Feb 25, 2007

    There are many modes of transport in Stockton - the Train and bus being the most popular.

    Here is a typical town bus and the fares charged are reasonable - between 0.50p and £1.00

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Stockton-on-Tees Shopping

  • Stockton Shoping Arcade

    Contains a selection of small shops to suit all tastes. A nice designer clothes shop as you enter sells all the latest fashions at affordable prices. Not the largest arcade but worth the visit if you want something unique. Situated close to the city centre and Swallow Hotel.

  • Modern Shopping in Stockton

    If youre looking for the modern shopping complex with dept stores and American chains then Wellington square flows adjacent to the main High Street. Along here you can also find some nice bakeries and select shops.

  • The shopping village of Teeside

    Stoktons hight street is the UK's widest shopping street, but far from comparable to the Champs Elysees. The surrounding areas are well worth shopping in and the local shops/stalls seem to be considerably cheaper then the franchises or big dept stores in the UK. The market is supposedly one of the largest in this part of England. The Shambles was...


Stockton-on-Tees Local Customs

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    by Muarrij Written Feb 28, 2007

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    In 1822, Stockton witnessed an event which heralded the dawn of a new era in trade, industry and travel. The first rail of George Stephenson's Stockton and Darlington Railway was laid near St. John's crossing, Bridge Road, Stockton. Hauled by Locomotion No1, the great engineer himself manned the engine on its first journey in 1825. His friend, and rival engineer, Timothy Hackworth acted as Guard. This was the world's first passenger railway. The line also carried coal to the riverside docks, bringing great prosperity to the Stockton area.

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Stockton-on-Tees Warnings and Dangers

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    by Muarrij Written Feb 14, 2007

    Stockton is a wonderful little town, however it does suffer quite a lot from addicts of all kinds. I was approached almost every day whilst I was there by either someone looking for some spare change or looking for a free meal.

    The locals here do seem very genuine however I would advise caution when giving any sort of money to beggars or spongers.

    As in my other tips, Stockton seems to have more pubs and gambling areas then any other small town I have been to in the world. Probably why there is an air of slight depression amongst some of the towns folk, who only too well know whats happening to their environment. Anyway, enough rambling - on to the next tip.

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Stockton-on-Tees Off The Beaten Path

  • Tees barrage and WHite Water Course

    The Tees Barrage is not very exciting to see- well, not when I was there. Just mucky looking white scum on the river.However there are nice walks along the riverside, and cyclists are also catered for.Nearby is the White Water Course.

  • John Walker - the inventor of friction...

    On part of the site now occupied by Boots stood former 59, High Street, where John Walker had his Chymist and Druggist shop, just over the road from where he was born. In 1827, he invented the world’s first friction matches. He refused to patent any of his inventions as he believed his work was for the better of mankind.

  • Beatles 22nd November 1963 - Kennedy...

    This is the old Mecca Bingo Hall, formerly the Globe Theatre. It was built in this form in 1935, and as well as memorable pantomimes, many top stars performed here. The Beatles played here twice, the first time on 22 November 1963 – the day President Kennedy was assassinated.Just off the high street.


Stockton-on-Tees Sports & Outdoors

  • Splash

    We were looking for somewhere to swim. Yorkshire doesn't have the weather, in my opinion, for lounging on the beach or swimming in the sea, though I did see a brave girl doing just that at Redcar one cool and overcast day.Then I heard about Splash, a fitness centre.Different sessions are open to the public as well as to members, so we went along at...

  • Stocktons Swimming Pool Recreation...

    B.O.S.S.S. (Borough of Stockton Swimming Scheme) - To join, you must already be a member of a base swimming club e.g. Stockton, Billingham or Thornaby Amateur Swimming Clubs. The aim of the club is to provide a gateway to higher levels of competition and training facilities for active members of the swimming clubs in the Borough of Stockton.

  • Tees Barage

    The tees barage not only makes the river Tees less poluted to suitable for sporting activities it also incorporates the canoe course, from beginers to competition standard the couse caters for everyone. This streatch of the Tees has seen several international competitions in recent years. All equiptment you need is available to hire, but best...


Stockton-on-Tees Favorites

  • Across the Tees River.

    A few of the university campuses and business complexes can be seen on the other side of Stocktons Tees river bank. This area presents a nice walk and very near to the town centre.

  • Stockton High street by night

    You can see this wintery scene, snow flakes falling at night - the taxi rank waiting for their next customer and the town centre pretty empty. This picture was taken from my hotel room - which I had to change 3 times in order to get some decent wireless access. Nice little English town, quiet and relaxed.

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