Bus travel to Middlesbrough with megabus

Discover Middlesbrough with megabus

Middlesbrough may have the formal status of a town, but with an impressive haul of museums, shopping centres and lively bars, it packs all the punch of a city. Take Teeside University, for starters. Along with its student population, it’s home to the world-class Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art – a must for art lovers. And Middlesbrough is also surrounded by Yorkshire’s finest national parks and Victorian seaside resorts, so it’s definitely worth setting aside time for a day trip or two while you’re here.

Middlesbrough: top 3 things to do

 

1. Scale the Tees Transporter Bridge

This 102-year-old steel bridge is a symbol of Middlesbrough’s industrial past. It’s also the only one of its kind in the UK with the unique gondola suspended beneath it. Cross over the River Tees by foot, or – if your nerves are up to it – abseil down or bungee jump from its great heights.

2. Visit the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

As the name suggests, the great explorer James Cook was born in Middlesbrough, and this museum celebrates his extraordinary life. Discover how he started his seafaring career at nearby Whitby, and the trials and tribulations of his three great voyages 200 years ago. Afterwards, take a woodland walk through the surrounding Stewart Park.

3. Take a trip to the seaside

Just a stone’s throw from Middlesbrough are a sprinkling of seaside towns that are perfect for a day trip. Explore the Victorian pier and cliff lift at Saltburn before laying a towel down on the sandy beach. Or, take the bus to the Gothic fishing town of Whitby, which was the inspiration for Bram Stoker’s Dracula. 

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Middlesbrough: getting around

Take a megabus to Middlesbrough and you’ll get added extras like free WiFi and a 20kg luggage allowance. Check out our onboard facilities page to find out more about what to expect from your coach trip.

Your bus will drop you off right in the centre of town, so you can start exploring Middlesbrough straight away. The main attractions and shopping areas are easily walkable, but there are plenty of buses you can hop on if you’d prefer not to walk. Heading to Teeside University? It’s just an eight-minute walk from the bus station.

From your base in Middlesbrough there’s so much to see in the surrounding area. Newcastle’s buzzing nightlife and the historic city of Durham are easy to reach by train. Hankering for the great outdoors? The Yorkshire Dales and the North York Moors are within touching distance.  

Middlesbrough: best for nightlife

If you’re looking for a great night out on Teeside, you’re in luck. Start off on Southfield Road, which runs through the university campus. There are plenty of student-friendly drinking holes with al fresco areas if the sun’s shining. The Star, in particular, draws the crowds. Then hit the bars on Linthorpe Road and Baker Street before heading to The Middlesbrough Empire for its legendary club nights and top DJs.

Fancy a live gig or comedy show? Middlesbrough Town Hall attracts big-name acts like the Arctic Monkeys and Jimmy Carr. And make sure you grab a Parmo – Middlesbrough’s chicken, cheese and béchamel sauce speciality – on the way home.

Middlesbrough: best for shopping

With four shopping malls in the town centre to choose from, shoppers will be able to fill their bags several times over. Hillstreet, Dundas and The Mall are all indoor shopping centres, featuring high street favourites like Topshop and New Look. The open-air Captain Cook Square is best for discount department stores like TK Maxx.

If you’ve got a bit more cash to splash, clothing store Psyche is designer label heaven. And for one-of-a-kind buys, head to Baker Street, where you’ll find quirky boutiques standing shoulder-to-shoulder with cafés and nail salons. Perfect for a post-shopping pampering.

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Middlesbrough for free: our top 3

1. Visit the Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, or mima, is part of the TATE family. Unsurprisingly, then, it has an impressive collection of more than 1,000 contemporary works of art, including paintings, photographs and sculpture. It’s free to visit, and you’ll find in Centre Square.

2. Climb Roseberry Topping

You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to spectacular walks in this part of the world, but a stroll up Roseberry Topping is a must. A favourite spot of Captain Cook, the summit of this ‘mini Matterhorn’ dishes up Instagram-worthy views of the North York Moors and down to Teeside. Take the train to Great Ayton to start your trek.

3. Discover the Dorman Museum

This popular museum plays host to a fascinating mishmash of themes, from space and evolution, to ancient civilisation and local history. Experience what life was like in a bomb shelter then step back in time to a prehistoric Middlesbrough. And don’t forget to sample the delicious selection of cakes at Dresser’s Tea Room. 

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