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Welcome to the Tees Valley!

We’re excited to welcome Rugby League fans from all over the world to our historic and vibrant town on 30th October. If you’re looking for other things to do and experience while you’re here, Enjoy Tees Valley has you covered.

The Cook Islands has a strong connection and shared history with Middlesbrough as they are named after Middlesbrough-born explorer Captain James Cook. So it’s even more meaningful that our town is hosting this South Pacific tournament just miles from the spot where Cook was born. We wish both teams the best of luck!

While you’re here in the Tees Valley, there are plenty of things to see and do and there’s lots of beautiful countryside to explore on the outskirts of the region.

Here’s a rundown of the best places to visit, whether you’re visiting solo or with family or friends. There’s also some top tips on how to get around the area.

Family fun in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough is a great place for families to explore. Teessaurus Park is just a five-minute drive from the stadium. The sculpture park is just off the banks of the River Tees and is great for kids to let off some steam in the company of gigantic steel sculpture dinosaurs.

Close to the park is the River Tees Coastal Path, follow it all the way down to get to the iconic Tees Transporter Bridge. Opened in 1911, it’s the longest remaining transporter in the world, and a trip to Middlesbrough wouldn’t be complete without seeing it!

There are many stunning green spaces in our town, including the Green Flag winning Stewart Park. The park covers 120 acres and is home to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, which was built to mark the site of the explorer’s birthplace in Middlesbrough. Why not pay it a visit and learn more about our intertwined history with The Cook Islands?

If you’re looking for fun in the town centre, you can pop along to Putter Chaos for a Middlesbrough-themed round of adventure golf, or perhaps visit Project Escape to try your hand at an escape room. Hatchet Harry’s axe throwing is located on the edge of town too and offers something a little different.

Getting around

The Riverside Stadium is just a 15-minute walk away from Middlesbrough train station, so if you’re commuting in by rail, hop off on the platform and follow the signs all the way through the town. If you’re arriving by car, there are plenty of reasonably priced car parks in the town centre, including Captain Cook car park which is free for three hours, and the Zetland car park which costs just £2 for all-day parking.

If you have a bit more time to explore the area we recommend visiting other parts of the Tees Valley which has everything to offer from surfing at Saltburn to afternoon teas in picturesque villages. Staff at Middlesbrough bus station and Middlesbrough railway station can help you find the best routes to explore.

Where to eat and drink

All of Middlesbrough’s bars, restaurants and attractions are within a 15 minute walk from the stadium and everything is close to each other.

Rio Brazilian Steakhouse on Albert Road is home to specially trained Gaucho chefs who are on hand to serve as much steak as you can handle. The restaurant recently came third in the Tripadvisor Traveller’s Choice Everyday Eats category – so it’s definitely one to try (and then head over the road to visit world famous art gallery, MIMA.

Newly opened Bloom promises to take customers on a trip around the world with a menu packed full of international cuisine, topped off with magical entertainment. It opens two days before the big game and is in the Historic Quarter not too far from the stadium, could you be one of the first to try it?

If you’re looking for family friendly deals and some of the biggest pizzas in the North East go no further than Uno Ristorante on Linthorpe Road. For deliciously healthy vegan food, pop into the Alkaline Kitchen on Albert Road – their sushi bowls are a must-try.

On our doorstep

The Tees Valley is based in the heart of the North East. Nestled next to a beautiful coastline and close to the great English countryside, there are plenty of amazing places to visit just across our border.

Take a trip to Saltburn-by-the-Sea for a wonderful walk along the Blue-Flag beach. The shingle and sandy beach is accented by a beautiful Victorian pier, and overlooked by the immense Saltburn cliffs. The best way to get up the cliffs is via the famous Saltburn Cliff Lift, give it a go after some fish and chips perhaps. Afterwards you could take a 25-minute stroll along the beach to Redcar and try a famous lemon top ice cream.

A 30 minute drive will take you to the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, where you’ll see Roseberry Topping peeping out above the horizon. The unique hill is the area’s most iconic landmark, and at a height of just 320m it’s fun to enjoy a leisurely walk to its peak. There are endless picturesque villages to explore in the vicinity for a spot of tea and cake.

Whether you’re just staying for the game or plan to make a weekend of it, we hope you enjoy your visit to the Tees Valley! Check out more things to do here.

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