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Road map of Teesside surroundings. Free detailed road map of Teesside surroundings  with  popular tourist attractions

Teesside

The steel chimneys and tanks of oil refineries and chemical plants dominate the flat landscape of the Tees valley and its urban conurbation of Middlesbrough, Stockton-on-Tees and Hartlepool. Teesside rapidly evolved from a cluster of small market towns and ports into a thriving area of coal works and iron foundries in the 19th century, boosted by the opening of the world's first railway in 1835 from Stockton to Darlington. Hartlepool was one of England's busiest ports in the 1880s and shipbuilding had long been a prosperous industry in the area. The maritime explorer Captain James Cook was born in Middlesbrough and his legacy lives on in museums, statues and a replica of his ship, the HMS Bark Endeavour, in Stockton's Castlegate Quay. Today, developments such as the Tees Barrage have brought a new focus to the river.

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CAPTAIN COOK BIRTHPLACE MUSEUM [C1] The 18th-century explorer Captain James Cook was born at Marton in Middlesborough. His birthplace museum is situated in the landscaped grounds of Stewart Park, with hands-on displays and interactive computer simulations detailing his life and voyages.

DORMAN MUSEUM [p365 C1] Newly refurbished, the museum boasts a fine collection of locally produced Linthorpe pottery, displays on local history, geology and zoology, and an interactive natural science centre.

GREEN DRAGON MUSEUM [B2] Sited in a former sweet factory, the museum houses two galleries - the Upper Gallery where there is an exhibition of local history, made up of both art and photography, and the Focus Gallery on the ground floor, which displays contemporary photography.

HARTLEPOOL ART GALLERY [C4] A restored Victorian church is home to an art gallery with contemporary art, ceramics, photography and the work of local artists on display.

HARTLEPOOL MUSEUM [C4]

There are good displays on local history with a maritime slant at this museum. Exhibits include a Celtic 'round house' building, the first lighthouse to be illuminated by gas and the restored 1934 paddle steamer Wingfield Castle.

HARTLEPOOL QUAY [C4]

Reconstructed houses, shops, a market and a jail line the historic quayside, offering visitors a glimpse into life in a Napoleonic seaport. There is an exhibition on fighting ships, a maritime adventure centre and virtual reality exhibits.

HMS BARK ENDEAVOUR [B2]  A full-size replica of Captain Cook's vessel graces Stockton's Castlegate Quay. It contains exhibits ranging from surgeons' knives to telescopes.

HMS TRINCOMALEE [C4]   One of Britain's oldest surviving warships, the HMS Trincomalee dates from 1817. Fully restored, she is moored in Hartlepool's historic quayside.

NATURE'S WORLD [C1]

Recreated habitats and organic gardens can be seen at this environmental demonstration centre. An innovative 'ecostructure' contains displays on environmental technology, and there is a 'hydroponicum' - a soil-less garden.

NEWHAM GRANGE LEISURE FARM [C1] A working farm since the 17th century, it has rare breeds, an agricultural museum and reconstructions of a veterinary surgery and saddler's shop.

ORMESBY HALL [C2] The  elegant 18th-century mansion is set in 270 acres of parkland. The hall contains elaborate plasterwork and there is also a restored Victorian kitchen and laundry, and a model railway.

PRESTON HALL MUSEUM AND PARK [B1] A reconstructed Victorian high street with authentic period-room sets shows traditional craftsmen at work. The museum also has collections of toys, games and armoury. In the surrounding parkland are an aviary, miniature railway and peaceful woodland and riverside walks. Also in the grounds is the nature centre Butterfly World, in which hundreds of species of butterfly flitter about against the exotic backdrop of a recreated jungle.

TEES BARRAGE [B2] An impressive construction, the barrage was completed in 1995 and involved diverting the Tees from its course. A viewing point affords good vistas over the surrounding landscaped area and fish can be seen negotiating a 'fish ladder', a series of weirs which enables fish to swim upstream.

TRANSPORTER BRIDGE [C2]

Spanning the River Tees, this toll bridge, built in 1911 as a clever alternative to a drawbridge, still shuttles pedestrians and cars across the river in a suspended gondola. A visitor centre provides information on the history of the bridge and Middlesbrough's industrial heritage.

THE ZETLAND LIFEBOAT MUSEUM [E3] Home to the world's oldest lifeboat, the Zetland, the museum also contains a replica fisherman's cottage and displays on local maritime history.