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Tees Valley
is one of the country's best kept secrets.

We've got top surf, a national park on the doorstep plus unique shopping and culture, bars and famous clubs.

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Tees Valley is the perfect place to explore countryside and coast. Take on adventure activities and water sports. Discover pretty market towns and picturesque villages. Uncover a proud industrial heritage and marvel at unexpected nature and wildlife that call the Tees Valley home.

Our main campus is in the heart of Middlesbrough, a friendly town with all the shops, restaurants, cinemas, pubs, clubs, sports and museums you would expect - and an art gallery and bridge that are a little more surprising.

 

Arts and Culture

Temenos

Temenos

An iconic sculpture by Anish Kapoor and Cecil Balmond, standing almost 50 metres high and 120 metres long.

MIMA

MIMA is an international Plus TATE gallery that is now part of Teesside University. It is one of the UK's leading galleries for modern and contemporary art and craft, offering gallery space to our students and enabling links with national and international artists and institutions.

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Coast and Countryside

Yorkshire Dales

Northallerton and Darlington

Gateways to the Yorkshire Dales: Swaledale, Wensleydale and, beyond them, the Howgills, with their drystone walls, sheep and dairy farming, and empty moorlands.

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Saltburn-by-the-Sea

Close to Middlesbrough with great architecture, top surf and a Victorian pier. Its stunning beach boasts a Blue Flag status and there are plenty of independent shops.

The North York Moors

The North York Moors

One of the largest expanses of heather moorland in the UK along with its spectacular coast, ancient woodland and historic sites. Its steam railway runs from Pickering to Grosmont and Whitby. Goathland was home to Hogsmeade station in the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone and Aidensfield in TV's Heartbeat.

Whitby

Whitby

A pretty fishing port set among cliffs and was part of the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula. North of Middlesbrough is the historic quay at Hartlepool - see HMS Trincomalee and a restored maritime village.

Seaton Carew

Seaton Carew

Enjoy a fun seaside experience, take to the sandy beach, tuck into fresh woodfired pizza and snap a selfie in front of the brightly coloured beach huts.

Shopping

Food

Treat your tastebuds to the Tees Valley's thriving foodie scene with independent eateries serving everything from authentic oriental dishes, satisfying soul food, good vegan grub and Michelin-starred cuisine.

Fill up on unmissable street food and explore artisan stalls at unmissable foodie events including Orange Pip Market, Darlington Food Festival and Saltburn Food Festival.

Sports and Leisure

Saltburn surfing

Saltburn surfing

Named in the top 10 places to surf in the UK. Brush up on your surfer skills or learn something new with Flow Surf School or Saltburn Surf School.

Music and Entertainment

Micro pubs

Micro pubs

Middlesbrough is home to a multitude of celebrated micro pubs, serving the finest locally brewed and sourced ales.

Southfield Road

Southfield Road

Partly pedestrianised, Southfield Road runs through the campus and offers plenty of student-focused bars and pubs, and outdoor drinking and dining spaces.

Baker and Bedford Street

Baker and Bedford Street

Find fabulous micro pubs and listen to live music in a collection of independent bars and eateries including The Twisted Lip and The Nuthatch.

Arenas

Arenas

Top ten Teesside experiences

  1. 1
    Climb aboard HMS Trincomalee, the oldest warship still afloat at Hartlepool's National Museum of the Royal Navy.
  2. 2
    Scale all four levels of Air Trail, the UK's biggest high ropes course at the Tees Barrage.
  3. 3
    Have a fun day out at Saltburn - enjoy the surf, explore the Victorian pier and Penny Arcade, and ride the unique cliff lift.
  4. 4
    Climb nearby Roseberry Topping for breathtaking views of Teesside.
  5. 5
    Take to the water to enjoy stand-up paddle boarding at Hartlepool Marina.
  1. 6
    Feast on street food at one of Tees Valley's food festivals including Orange Pip Market, Darlington Food & Drink Festival, and Saltburn Food Festival.
  2. 7
    Take afternoon tea with friends in the Olde Young Tea House, just one street away from the University.
  3. 8
    Watch The Boro play at the Riverside Football Stadium - then celebrate with a parmo, Middlesbrough's signature chicken dish.
  4. 9
    Experience white-water rafting or canoeing at Tees Barrage International White Water Centre.
  5. 10
    Visit the nearby Gothic fishing town of Whitby, Bram Stoker's inspiration for Dracula - and try some of the best fish and chips in the UK while you are there.
 

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