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Middlesbrough is a town belonging to the English county of North Yorkshire. The town is near the English east coast in the north and is located on the south bank of the River Tees. It is only 11 km to the river’s outlet in the North Sea and Middlesbrough started to grow in the 1800s because of the port and industrial activities. Before the industry reached Middlesbrough in the mid-19th century, there were only a few farms in the area. Today the population of over 140 000 (2008).
As Middlesbrough was founded in 1830, few old buildings in the city. One of the buildings from the 1800s, the old town hall and Ormesby Hall. The explorer Captain James Cook was from Middlesbrough and consequently there are several sites about this man, including the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum. The city also offers beautiful parks with various facilities such as Stewart Park, Pallister Park, in addition to the nearby national park North York Moors.
The town’s nearest airport is Durham Tees Valley Airport is located about 16 km outside the city center.