If you're new to Middlesbrough and don't quite know where to start, here's a list of things you really shouldn't miss.
The Transporter Bridge
The only working bridge of its kind in England. This unique bridge which dominates the skyline was originally designed to allow tall ships to pass underneath. Opened in 1911 the gondola of the bridge moves across the River Tees ferrying pedestrians and cars. The Transporter Bridge is also the only Bridge in the UK that is licensed for Bungee Jumping. On sundays, when the bridge is closed for special events you can climb to the top for a small fee.
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge video
Middlesbrough Transporter Bridge video courtesy of Michael-Adam Goodwill
Opened in January 2007, mima, Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art, is a £14.2 million bold new landmark building designed by Erick van Egeraat. The gallery brings together the town's art collections for the first time. mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to now.
mima in 3 minutes
Temenos is the the £2.7m art installation that will form part of the largest art initiative in the world. One of a series of five 'Tees Valley Giants', Temenos is the first installation that will be located at Middlehaven. It will cost cost 32.7m and will be a staggering 110m in length and almost 50m high.
Internationally acclaimed sculptor Anish Kapoor and leading structural designer Cecil Balmond are responsible for bringing the project to fruition. The artist and engineer are known for the monumental scale of their work and are two of the most sought after names in the art world. Their works can be seen in prominent locations around the globe including New York, Chicago and Beijing.
Temenos: the making of video
Middlesbrough Football Club (MFC)
Middlesbrough Football Club is one of the finest sporting venues in the country. As well as Premiership, European and International football matches, MFC is equipped for a variety of events and functions. The stadium is renowned for its Sunday lunches, which must be booked in advance due to popular demand.
Located on one compact campus in the heart of Middlesbrough, Teesside University is a modern, forward looking university, which allows easy access for visitors and students through good local transport routes.
Over 25,000 students currently study on a range of programmes from diplomas and foundation degrees to first degrees and postgraduate qualifications.
Teesside University has been chosen by the Times Higher Education Supplement as University of the Year for 2009. It also earns top marks in student satisfaction surveys .
The campus, which has undergone investment of over £100m in recent years, blends traditional buildings with eye-catching new facilities like the new £10m building for art, media, design and computing. The Athena, home to the Centre for Creative Technologies, is the latest addition to the vibrant, lively environment.
Middlesbrough's Parks are perfect for sporty fun or peaceful relaxation. Middlesbrough has 5 parks which have been credited with the Green Flag, a national award for parks achieving high quality - they are Albert Park, Fairy Dell, Hemlington Lake and Recreation Centre, Linthorpe Cemetery and Pallister Park.
Stewart Park is home to the award winning Captain Cook Birthplace Museum and an extensive 'Pets Corner' and Pallister Park offers an impressive range of sporting and leisure activities such as basketball, tennis courts and bowling greens.
From the Victorian heritage of Albert Park, and woodland tranquillity of Fairy Dell to the hustle and bustle of Newham Grange Country Farm, or excitement of Prissick Plaza - there's something for everyone at Middlesbrough's parks.
Grundy's North: Middlesbrough's Parks
Award winning museums
Middlesbrough is home to two award winning museums. At the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum, you can discover why James Cook is the world's most famous navigator and explorer.
The Dorman Museum houses a huge collection of artefacts from the fantastic to the fabulous. Whether interested in natural history, local history or arts and crafts, there are galleries and exhibitions to suit all tastes.
Shopping in Middlesbrough covers more floor space than the Metro Centre. With an excellent choice of shopping centres to choose from that offers shoppers a fantastic diverse shopping experience. The Cleveland Centre, Hillstreet, Captain Cook Square and the Dundas Shopping Centre are all centrally located within minutes walk of each other. Psyche is designer shopping heaven offering labels such as Armani, Paul Smith, French Connection and Dolce & Gabbana plus many more.
Middlesbrough is home to UK's best skate Plaza. The recently opened £650,000 skate plaza was created for skateboarding, BMX and in-line skates. Voted best park in the country, it re-creates skate spots from around the world including USA and Spain.
Middlesbrough Theatre, once known as the 'Little Theatre', has grown in recent years offering a wide choice of live theatre, from musicals to drama, concerts to comedy.
Middlesbrough Town Hall
Today this Victorian Concert Hall is one of the region's leading performance spaces. Few venues can match the magnificence of the main concert halls interior with its wood paneling, hammer beams, stained glass, and its centre piece - an impressive Victorian organ. The Town Hall is well known for its acoustics, ambience and its versatility is reflected in a wide ranging arts and entertainment programme.
Middlesbrough is host to a wide variety of events to suit all tastes. In 2007 'BBC Proms in the Park came to the town. We are home the UK's largest International Festival of Audio and Visual Art, the worlds best international Festival of Animation and Computer games and one of the largest multicultural events in the North - the Middlesbrough Mela.