Spectacular countryside, a dramatic coastline, vibrant market towns and impressive historical venues, an abundance of adrenaline-fuelled activities and unique experiences make the Tees Valley the ideal location for an unforgettable break in the North East of England.
Cushioned between County Durham and North Yorkshire, each corner of the Tees Valley is a unique destination waiting to be discovered. Darlington, Hartlepool, Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Redcar & Cleveland are all bursting with things to do, places to see and stories to tell.
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1. Take to the Water
You are never far away from an adventure in the Tees Valley. Take to the water and explore the River Tees, which winds its way through the area, on kayak, canoe, paddle board, power boat or raft.
Get the blood pumping on the Olympic standard white-water rafting course at Tees Barrage in Stockton or jump on a jet ski at Hartlepool Marina and spot some of the local wildlife - including seals.
If surf is more your thing, head to Saltburn-by-the-Sea and experience the world-renowned North Sea waves before drying off to enjoy award-winning fish and chips and breath-taking views of the dramatic North East coastline.
2. Step back in time
Journey through the rich history of the region and discover much of Britain’s greatest heritage and culture that call the Tees Valley home.
Make a stop at the Head of Steam Museum in Darlington to discover everything you need to know about the birthplace of the modern passenger railway.
Set sail to Hartlepool and climb aboard HMS Trincomalee – Britain’s oldest historic fighting ship still afloat, based at the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool or explore the birthplace of British explorer Captain James Cook in Middlesbrough.
3. Enjoy an event
In normal times, the Tees Valley is home to a vibrant programme of amazing events and festivals. From big ticket concerts to hosting major sporting events such as the Rugby League World 2021 to an exciting calendar of homegrown arts festivals including the region’s biggest free outdoor art and street theatre event – SIRF and the national festival of sustainability – Festival of Thrift.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting the Tees Valley during food festival season (April – September) then you can head to the Pease Pudding Night Market on Darlington Market Square (first Thursday of the month from April to September), Darlington Food & Drink Festival (May), artisan food and drink market Orange Pip Market in Middlesbrough (last Saturday of the month from May – September) and Saltburn Food Festival (July).
Embark on your own adventure by exploring the Tees Valley’s breath-taking coastline and stunning countryside by bike or on foot.
Take on sections of the Cleveland Way, find your way along the River Tees with the Teesdale Way or experience spectacular panoramic views at the top of the iconic Roseberry Topping.
Getting on your bike is a great way to explore the Tees Valley. From cycling through town centres and pretty villages to mountain biking through forests and countryside, you can explore Tees Valley’s cycling routes here
If you’d prefer to pull on your walking boots, you can enjoy bracing coastal walks, challenging hikes or a wander through glorious countryside or a riverside stroll with many wonderful Tees Valley walking routes to discover here
Whether you are looking for a little luxury, want to escape the rest of the world in a characterful country house, find a base close to the action or set up for a spot of camping – you can find the perfect place to stay in the Tees Valley.
If you’re searching for five-star luxury, there’s the stunning Rockliffe Hall - home to a luxury spa, award-winning dining and its own championship golf course.
You can find a home away from home at the glorious four-star country house Gisborough Hall, nestled on the edge of the North York Moors in Redcar & Cleveland.
Enjoy a good night’s sleep in ultimate grandeur amongst the 150 acres of historical landscape that encompass the magnificent Wynyard Hall in Stockton-on-Tees.
If you fancy something a little different, you can experience the unique locations of Baby Moon, near Guisborough or North Shire in Saltburn-by-the-Sea and holiday in a Shepherd’s Hut, Yurt or enjoy a magical escape in a dorm room that feels like it is straight out of a school that one particular boy wizard went to!
For inspiration on places to stay in the Tees Valley go to www.enjoyteesvalley.com/accommodation.
Destination: Tees Valley
Airport: Teesside International Airport