Museums, parks, river and circular walks, Middlesbrough

Children walking - photo credit Annie Spratt
Photo credit: Annie Spratt

Let's take a walk in Middlesbrough

Middlesbrough has some great parks and free museums as well as some self-guided walks to do with the kids.

You can download a copy of the Middlesbrough walking and cycling map or get a large fold-out copy from Middlesbrough Cycle Centre at the bus station.

Take the bus or train to Middlesbrough and walk to visit a museum

Mima (the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art) and Dorman Museum (open Tuesday to Sundays) are both FREE to visit.

On a rainy day these offer an opportunity to take the train or bus into Middlesbrough and get up close and even hands on with art, natural history, geological and social history exhibits.

The Dorman is located right next to Albert Park so on a sunny day you can enjoy a picnic, play in the park and visit a museum, all for free.

At the Dorman children can experience life in a bomb shelter, view Victorian arts and craft or find out more about ancient civilisations. There are also several children’s trails which cost 50p each and have a small prize at the end.

You can plan your car-free journey by bike or bus to Middlesbrough on the Connect Journey Planner on this page, to mima TS1 2AZ or the Doorman at TS5 6LA.

Children in the park

Visit a local park on foot with a picnic

Grab a picnic and head into town on foot or on the bus to visit Albert Park. This Victorian park covers more than 70 acres and features a roller skating rink, café and play areas. Pop into the Dorman Museum while you are there, entry is FREE.

Thorntree Park, TS3 9HR, is within walking distance of most people living in East Middlesbrough. There are two children’s play areas, two floodlit kick-about areas and an informal garden. Just the place to burn off some energy and flop down with some lunch.

Stainton Quarry Nature Reserve, to the south of Stainton Village, Fairy Dell Nature Reserve in Coulby Newham and Berwick Hills Nature Reserve offer local residents tranquil green space and footways to explore nature on your doorstep.

Find a full list of Middlesbrough Parks and facilities here.

Enjoy a river or countryside walk

There are some great downloadable walks in and around Middlesbrough including circular walks and trails for all abilities and interests.

These include:

Take the bus and walk, or walk to a route near you. You can download a copy of the Middlesbrough walking and cycling map which includes public rights of way OR get a FREE large fold-out copy from Middlesbrough Cycle Centre at the bus station.

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