If you plan to visit Middlesbrough for a staycation or a business trip, you are probably considering what there is to do with the kids whilst you are here. Our serviced apartments are a great option if you prefer self-catering accommodation and a spacious living area. Here are some of the things you and your family could get up to whilst you are here.
1) MiMA – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
MiMA debuted in central Middlesbrough in 2007, and it is a solid favourite with the locals. You will love strolling through the ever-changing exhibitions, and the kids will love the family activities and special events that happen throughout the year, especially while the kids are out of school. The museum is free to enter, and the activities are typically free as well, so it's definitely worth a visit - especially on a wet day!
2) Stewart Park
Despite being a slight drive away, Stewart Park has always been the go-to park for many locals. There's a fantastic play park, lots of open space, forest walks, a miniature orienteering course, a lake with swans, and it is full of nature and wildlife to see. There is lots of free parking, and because the cottage where Captain James Cook was born is located inside the park, you can even visit the museum on-site if you so want (although there is a charge for this). Locals enjoy going to a monthly farmers market, and last year it was even the location of Radio One's big weekend.
3) The Dorman Museum / Albert Park
This museum is highly engaging, with several displays where the kids may participate, such as the costumes and shoes that they can try on and model.
And just next to the museum is Albert Park, which is perfect for conker picking), and when combined with the museum, you've got an excellent few hours of free entertainment.
4) Temenos / Riverside Stadium
The Temenos structure cost £2.7 million to build, so it is definitely worth seeing if you are in the area.
Temenos is right next to the Riverside Stadium on the banks of the River Tees, so you could combine a quick visit to Temenos with a wander around the stadium, where you can see statues of some of the greats, the Boro Brick wall, and even the gates from the Boro's original home – Ayresome Park.
5) Roseberry Topping
Roseberry Topping, a local landmark just outside of Middlesbrough, is a must-see!
Its unique form dominates the skyline for miles around, and the relatively straightforward ascent (if you're accustomed to climbing huge hills) provides spectacular views of the North Yorkshire countryside. At the bottom, there's also a lovely bluebell field that you shouldn't miss in the spring!