Maritime and railway heritage at its best
HMS Trincomalee is Hartlepool’s very own tall ship moored within Hartlepool Maritime Experience. Step aboard the oldest British warship still afloat and sense the spirit of adventure of the high seas. Step inside the “Fighting Ships” exhibition to get a sense of what it was like to be aboard a 19th century warship as it engaged in battle with the enemy.
The maritime theme continues through Redcar to Saltburn-by-the-sea. One small town – two big stories. First came the smugglers of the 18th century, then came those clever Victorians with their elegant seaside pier and an unusual water balanced cliff lift which is just delightful to ride.
Follow the River Tees to Middlesbrough for contemporary culture in the shape of ‘mima’ – Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art where even the building is a work of art. Nearby, Stockton-on-Tees has given birth to its own work of art: a new bridge which is both eye-catching and brilliantly engineered. Two arches, one continuous curve. View its reflection in the water on a calm day and it becomes clear why it is named the Infinity Bridge.
And let’s not forget Tees Valley’s place in railway heritage. Darlington’s Head of Steam railway museum houses the world famous original Locomotion No 1 steam locomotive. Ponder on how this little locomotive changed the face of transport forever.
Whatever it is you are looking for in the Tees Valley – heritage, tranquility, art and fashion, North East England Tourist Guides will help you on your journey of discovery and make the most of your tour in the region.