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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.

Teesside and the region

Teesside is known for its exciting mix of industry, culture and striking scenery.

From the working docks of the Tees Estuary to the area's vibrant towns and glorious countryside, this is a place where old and new, urban and rural, and culture and commerce converge.

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

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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

Shopping and Food



Confirmed by Mary Portas and Wayne Hemingway as Middlesbrough's cool independent quarter, Baker Street is home to an emerging collection of truly British, homegrown, independent retailers and service providers.

Middlesbrough is where you can find chic designer boutiques and unique specialist outlets as well as the top high street names and department stores. The town centre boasts three indoor shopping centres - Hillstreet, Dundas and the Mall, as well as Captain Cook Square

Sports and Leisure

Music and Entertaiment

Top ten Teesside experiences

  1. 1
    Bungee jump from the Tees Transporter Bridge - one of only a few places in the UK you can bungee from a bridge.
  2. 2
    Try some local produce at one of Teesside's many farmers' markets.
  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
    Discover foods from around the world in Middlesbrough's international supermarkets.
  1. 6
    Visit the Redcar Beacon, whilst eating a traditional lemon top ice cream.
  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.