Many of Durham’s highlights are located near to Stockton-on-Tees, so it is a convenient place to base yourself. Ormesby Hall and the Darlington Railway Centre and Museum are two of the popular places to discover here. Two other recommended attractions that are close by Stockton-on-Tees are the St Cuthbert Church and the Hartlepool Maritime Experience.
Stockton-on-Tees has a number of cultural attractions nearby that allow visitors to really get a feel for the area. There are plenty of excellent places where you can spend an afternoon including Oriental Museum, the National Railway Museum at Shildon in Shildon and the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum.
If the sun is out, follow the locals and make the most of the nearby parks and reserves. If you want to rest a while in a green urban park check out the Durham Botanic Garden. The ecological reserves such as the North York Moors National Park in Middlesbrough, show visitors the animals and plants which inhabit the region.
If you are spending a while in and around Stockton-on-Tees, treat yourself with a visit to Durham Cathedral, Durham Castle and Monkey Statue in Hartlepool. Visitors interested in the world's various faiths should visit the St. Nicholas Church. To learn more about the local historic sights, visit the Binchester Roman Fort in Bishop Auckland.
Nearby Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough is the perfect place to spend an afternoon enjoying soccer, and to see local favorites, the Middlesbrough FC, in all their glory. On match days follow the river of red and white, to the stadium, then after the final whistle blows, join local soccer lovers in the nearby pubs and relive the games finest moments over a few cold beers.
For a real taste of this fascinating part of the world, consider making a reservation at one of the area’s many accommodation options. For a good night’s sleep be sure to check out the Radisson BLU Hotel Durham, the Durham Marriott Hotel Royal County, and the popular St George Hotel, Darlington.