"Northern England's middle of nowhere" Middlesbrough by Airpunk
Middlesbrough Travel Guide: 160 reviews and 369 photos
Like in the case of Zabkowice Salskie or Ipswich, you may ask yourself: What the hell drives a german tourist to such places? In most cases, it’s just a cheap ticket and so it was in this case. I got a better offer for a flight from Leeds to Amsterdam than one from the London area and so I decided to include two days in northern England. At first, I decided to spend a full day in Middlesbrough and half a day in Leeds. However, this would have included a night in one of these two places and I really couldn’t find an affordable accomodation. This changed my plans to half a day in York instead of Leeds, which I didn’t regret (although I wanted to save York for a future, more extensive trip). Nevertheless, this is how I came to Middlesbrough.
One of the first things I learned about this place was that although there is only one “O” in the city’s name, you still say the name with two of them. Just call the place like its football club – “Boro”. The other lesson was less funny: There isn’t a single place to leave your luggage! So I explored the city carrying all the luggage with me. And cotinuing with bad things, Middlesbrough is not the most welcoming place. The tourist information office is closed on Sundays, the lady at the train station was Carol Beer’s (Little Britain) younger sister and the Transporter Bridge was closed. Perhaps the only welcoming place was the museum where I did not only see exhibitions about local history. It was the only time when I was able to leave the f***in’ bag alone for an hour. Anyway, although it doesn’t always sound so, I must admit I enjoyed the trip. The most interesting thing was walking around in St. Hilda which gave me the feeling of being in a ghost town. Have you ever been in a ghost town carrying luggage for two weeks with you? I assume you haven't...
Middlesbrough is a railway town which was a hamlet of around 30 houses until the early 19th century. The industrial revolution, especially iron and steel production gave the town a real boost with its population growing to 90 000 inhabitants around the turn of the century. But in the 1960s and 1970s, it shared the fate with similar towns heavily focused on industry. Middlesbrough was not able to transist to other sources of income. This led to a high unemployment rate, a high crime rate and the title of “Worst place to live in the UK” in 2007. Although some efforts are made to focus on tourism, Middlesbrough has not succeeded in becoming an attractive destination. Although progresses are seen in the field of modern art, it lies far behind places like Leeds or Manchester when it comes to city redevelopment. Today, Middlesbrough has almost 140 000 inhabitants and still struggles with its past.
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