New homes in Middlesborough
Welcome to Middlesbrough
Located on the banks of the River Tees, Middlesbrough is a vibrant town with lots to see and do in the local area. Whether you’re visiting local art galleries, seeing a show or taking a day trip to the seaside, your new home in Middlesbrough has something for the whole family to enjoy, and has good transport links to nearby towns and cities.
A quick history
Middlesbrough is a relatively new town, and until the early 19th century had a population of just 25 people. When the Stockton and Darlington Railway opened in 1825, Middlesbrough began to flourish as a port and industrial town, especially after the discovery of ironstone in the local area. Middlesbrough was one of the first places to be bombed in the UK during the Second World War. Many buildings were destroyed, and the town has since been redeveloped.
Business and industry
Industry in Middlesbrough has been dominated by the port, iron, steel and chemicals, with ICI located in the town until the late 20th and early 21st century. Teesport, around 3 miles away from Middlesbrough on the River Tees, is still a big employer in the local area, handling large amounts of cargo for the North East of England Process Industry Cluster.
Other big employers in Middlesbrough include INEOS Nitriles (UK), Cleveland Cable Company, The Gibson O’Neill Company, Hertel (UK) and Quorn Foods.
Things to do in the area
For a spot of retail therapy, Middlesborough is home to the popular Cleveland Centre and a pedestrianised shopping district in the town centre. If you prefer discovering cultural attractions, the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art includes a collection of work by Tracey Emin, while the Dorman Museum explores the town’s history through the ages.
Tees Transporter Bridge is one of the most iconic sights in Middlesbrough, while you can enjoy a relaxing walk away from the hustle and bustle of the town centre in Stewart Park, which is also home to the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. Albert Park is popular with runners and has a range of sporting facilities including tennis course and bowling greens.
For sports fans, Riverside Stadium is home to Middlesbrough FC, while the world-class Middlesbrough Sports Village has its own athletics stadium and velodrome. If you’re moving to the town with children, there are lots of great family-friendly destinations nearby, including the seaside at Whitby and Hartlepool, Newham Grange Country Farm and RSPB Saltholme.
If you’re looking for evening entertainment, there are a number of performing arts venues in the town including Middlesbrough Town Hall, Middlesbrough Theatre, and The Empire.
Travel and commuting
Middlesbrough is well-connected to other towns and cities by road and rail. The train station provides connections to Darlington, Newcastle, York and Leeds, while the A66 connects the town with the A1(M) and the A19.
Darlington is 30 minutes away by car or train, while Durham is a 40-minute drive north. To get to Hartlepool, the car journey takes just 25 minutes from Middlesbrough. Newcastle is 50 minutes away by car or one hour 20 minutes by train, while York can be reached in one hour by either car or train. Leeds is a one hour 15-minute drive away, or one hour 25 minutes by train.
Manchester is two hours away travelling via the M62, or two hours 20 minutes by train with one change in Leeds. The train journey to London takes three hours 10 minutes, changing in York.
If you’re going on holiday, Durham Tees Valley International Airport is conveniently just 20 minutes from the centre of Middlesbrough by car.