Middlesbrough - Redcar Coast Guide
Middlesbrough is a port and commercial centre located on the River Tees around three miles from the coast. The area is heavily industrialised along the riverside with oil refineries and chemical plants intermingled with wharfs and docks. However there are several attractive resorts and beaches nearby.
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In the past Middlesbrough was a small fishing village on the banks of the River Tees until the railway came to the town and the process of industrialisation started the development that still dominate the area today. A feature of this industrial heritage is the famous Transporter Bridge which takes traffic across the River Tees. The bridge is unique in design and utilises a large platform which is slung under the main bridge spars and travels on rails. Passengers and vehicles travel on the platform over the River Tees - it can carry 200 people or 9 cars when fully loaded.
Middlesbrough was the birthplace of Captain James Cook, the voyager and explorer who travelled the world in the Bark Endeavour. A replica of this ship can be seen moored on the quayside in Stockton-on-Tees a couple of miles upstream. His life is celebrated in the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum in Middlesbrough.
Although Middlesbrough is not a seaside resort town, nearby Hartlepool is - in the traditional seaside resort mould. Originally Hartlepool was a fishing port that has some strategic importance during the Napoleonic Wars and was attacked several times by the French at that time.
Redcar is a small seaside resort that lies 6 miles to the east of Middlesbrough overlooking Tees Bay. There is a wide sandy beach and good local facilities including several parks and a good nightlife. Nearby are the villages of Marske-by-the-Sea and Saltburn-by-the-Sea which both have sandy beaches and amenities for visitors.
Places to visit around Middlesbrough
Transporter Bridge Visitor Centre - Exhibits about the Transporter Bridge opened in 1911 - Ferry Road Middlesbrough TS2 1PL Tel: (01642) 247563/728162
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum - Stewart Park, Marton, Middlesbrough, Cleveland TS7 8AT Tel: 01642 311211
HMS Trincomalee Trust - See above - Jackson Dock, Hartlepool, Cleveland TS24 7AH Tel: 01429 223193
Redcar beach and promenade
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