Discover the history of Middlesbrough in just 17 locations! Grab your buddies and some comfy shoes, pop some pennies in your purse for some refreshments along the way and jump aboard the Middlesbrough Heritage Trail. From the leafy suburbs to the Transporter Bridge, the trail takes in some of our favourite places so of course we had to share it!
You can download the Heritage Trail or pick up a physical copy of the map at any of the places along the trail.
Home to the Pennyman family for over 400 years, the Ormesby Hall estate began as a one storey farmhouse.
Photo credit: Esme Mai
Central Lodge in Stewart Park has been used for all kinds of things! From a working estate, to a place to house soldiers in the First World War, and to store auxiliary fire engines during the Second World War, it is now a centre for land-based education for Askham Bryan College.
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
The museum opened on the 250th anniversary of Captain Cook’s birth and tells the story of one of the world’s greatest navigators!
St Cuthbert’s Church
St Cuthbert’s Church was originally 12th Century Norman! It’s a sacred place loved by the church family and the wider community of Marton alike.
Fairy Dell was landscaped by banker Charles Leatham in 1857 and much of the landscaping is still visible today.
The Grade I listed Hall was built between 1680 and 1683 by William Hustler and has seen significant restoration work and redevelopment to transform it back to the beautiful building it is today!
Linthorpe Cemetery and Nature Reserve holds loads of Middlesbrough history! Many of its great and good are buried here and its oldest historical connections go back to the Doomsday book!
The Dorman Museum opened in 1904 and houses the world’s largest public collection of Linthorpe Art Pottery and works by its founder Christopher Dresser! It also includes social history, geology and archaeology, a Victorian style tearoom and a shop selling exclusive Dresser merchandise!
The “people’s park”, Albert Park is 150 years old this year!
John Vaughan statue and Central Reference Library
John Vaughan worked in ironworks in South Wales, Carlisle and Newcastle before meeting his famous business partner Henry Bolckow. They opened the first ironworks in Middlesbrough in 1841. Middlesbrough Central Library was opened in 1912 and has an extensive reference collection…and the most stunning ceiling 😍
Middlesbrough Town Hall
As well as being the municipal heart of the town, the Town Hall has become a popular cultural venue!
The Historic Quarter is a conservation area of Middlesbrough which still has much of its Victorian and Edwardian character.
Old Town Hall, St Hilda’s
The old Town Hall was built in 1846, with a Council Chamber upstairs and accommodation for the town’s policeman and his family on the ground floor.
Completed in 1837, the Custom House is one of Middlesbrough’s oldest buildings and formed part of the original grid-plan town.
The Vulcan Street wall is the surviving brick boundary wall of the Cleveland Salt Works, built in 1887!
Known as the magnificent “blue dragonfly”, the Transporter Bridge has soared above the area since 1911!
Opened in 1934, the Newport Bridge was the first vertical lifting bridge in Britain! It was built by local company Dorman Long who had famously completed the Sydney Harbour Bridge only two years earlier!
We’ve studied the map in great detail to help you find the best way round the trail. If you have your own transport, you’re pretty much set as you can go easily from place to place – it’s even possible for you to do the whole thing in one day! Just pack plenty of snacks cos you’ll definitely get hungry with all that exploring!
If you’re on foot there’s a few ways for you to do this, but you might not squeeze it all into a day! You could easily walk between Ormesby Hall, Central Lodge, Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and St Cuthbert’s Church (numbers 1-4 on the trail). We know there’s a few places for you to choose from there for some tasty treats along the way (always our priority!), including Cook’s Cafe inside the Museum.
You can also totally do the Town Hall, Exchange Square, Old Town Hall, Custom House, Vulcan Street and the Transporter Bridge in one go, and we can absolutely recommend TP Coffee House for hot chocolate, cake and teacakes!