If you're new to Middlesbrough and don't quite know where to start, here's a list of things you really shouldn't miss.
Tees Transporter Bridge
The Tees Transporter Bridge has been the area’s landmark since opening in 1911. It is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and an iconic symbol of Teesside’s engineering and industrial heritage.
The Tees Transporter Bridge has played an important role in the area’s history for over a century and continues to provide an important and unique crossing over the River Tees. In recent years the Transporter has emerged as a leading historic visitor attraction and is one of the UK’s major sites for extreme sports including abseils, bungee jumps and zipslides.
In 2011 to mark the Bridge’s centenary the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m award for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Tees Transporter Bridge.
The HLF supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project included the installation of a glass viewing lift to provide improved access to the upper walkway, renovation of the gondola and the development of state-of-the-art visitor resources.
Transporter Bridge video
Tees Transporter Bridge video courtesy of Michael-Adam Goodwill
Opened in January 2007, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is a bold landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat. The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time. mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to now.
mima in 3 minutes
Temenos is a contemporary art installation located at Middlehaven, which is a staggering 110m in length and almost 50m high.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond are responsible for bringing the project to fruition. The artist and engineer are known for the monumental scale of their work and are two of the most sought after names in the art world. Their works can be seen in prominent locations around the globe including New York, Chicago and Beijing.
Temenos: the making of video
Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC)
Middlesbrough Football Club is one of the finest sporting venues in the country. As well as Premiership, European and International football matches, MFC is equipped for a variety of events and functions. The stadium is renowned for its Sunday lunches, which must be booked in advance due to popular demand.
Located on one compact campus in the heart of Middlesbrough, Teesside University is a modern, forward looking university, which allows easy access for visitors and students through good local transport routes.
Over 25,000 students currently study on a range of programmes from diplomas and foundation degrees to first degrees and postgraduate qualifications.
Teesside University has been chosen by the Times Higher Education Supplement as University of the Year for 2009. It also earns top marks in student satisfaction surveys .
The university has invested a quarter of a billion pounds in their vibrant Middlesbrough town-centre campus in recent years, blending traditional buildings with eye-catching new facilities like The Curve. The £20m Curve building and Southfield Road's Campus Heart development are the latest additions. Read more on the Teesside University website.
Middlesbrough's Parks are perfect for sporty fun or peaceful relaxation. Middlesbrough has 8 parks and open spaces which have been credited with the Green Flag, a national award for parks achieving high quality - they include Albert Park, Fairy Dell, Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, Linthorpe Cemetery and Pallister Park.
The newly refurbished Stewart Park is home to the award winning Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and an extensive 'Pets Corner' and Pallister Park offers an impressive range of sporting and leisure activities such as basketball, tennis courts and bowling greens.
From the Victorian heritage of Albert Park, and woodland tranquillity of Fairy Dell to the hustle and bustle of Newham Grange Country Farm, or excitement of Prissick Plaza - there's something for everyone at Middlesbrough's parks.
Grundy's North: Middlesbrough's Parks
Award winning museums
Middlesbrough is home to two fantastic museums, both of which are recipients of TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence awards. At the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, you can discover why James Cook is the world's most famous navigator and explorer.
The Dorman Museum houses a huge collection of artefacts from the fantastic to the fabulous, as well as the world's largest public collections of work by Dr. Christopher Dresser and locally produced Linthorpe Pottery. Whether interested in natural history, local history or arts and crafts, there are galleries and exhibitions to suit all tastes.
Middlesbrough offers a fantastic diverse shopping experience. The four shopping centres, the Cleveland Centre, Hillstreet, Captain Cook Square and the Dundas Shopping Centre are all centrally located within a few minutes' walk of each other. Middlesbrough is also home to a huge range of independents including award-winning department store Psyche on Linthorpe Road, the eclectic mix of stores on Baker Street and many more.
Middlesbrough Theatre, once known as the 'Little Theatre', has grown in recent years offering a wide choice of live theatre, from musicals to drama, concerts to comedy.
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Today this Victorian Concert Hall is one of the region's leading performance spaces. Few venues can match the magnificence of the main concert halls interior with its wood panelling, hammer beams, stained glass, and its centre piece - an impressive Victorian organ. The Town Hall is well known for its acoustics, ambience and its versatility is reflected in a wide ranging arts and entertainment programme.
Middlesbrough is host to a diverse range of world class events. We are home to one of the largest multicultural events in the North - the Middlesbrough Mela - and a vibrant, exciting Christmas programme. Middlesbrough also celebrates Local History Month in May, and Discover Middlesbrough in October, both of which encourage residents to find out more about the place where they live.