Middlesbrough, Ayresome Gardens, fruit sculptures, public art, Andrew McKeown

What to see
You’ll find accounts of Middlesbrough’s tourist attractions plus information on shopping, eating out etc at Love Middlesbrough. For events to look out for go to Love Middlesbrough What’s On or Enjoy Tees Valley.

Local links include:
Albert Park
Ayresome Gardens
Captain Cook Birthplace Museum
Dorman Museum
Flatts Lane Woodland Country Park
Linthorpe Art Pottery
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
Tees Transporter Bridge
Tunnel Gallery

‘The Temenos ‘butterfly net’ sculpture – they knew Anish Kapoor on Teeside long before London 2012’

Towns of Two Halves extracts:
“A statue of Brian Clough, with his boots slung over his shoulder, heads towards Ayresome Park. Beyond him, casually littering the grass as though left by a retreating glacier, are fragments known as the crystallisation sculpture.”
“See also Victorian Middlesbrough draped around the railway station like a shawl concealing piano legs.”
“You might imagine a tour guide, perhaps with waxed moustaches, ushering you towards the Tees Transporter Bridge. ‘Move along there, please. Nothing to see here.’ Nor is there, much, although if you cross the road and wander through one of the more landscaped areas you’ll find the plaque indicating where the altar of St Hilda’s stood. This was the spiritual centre of the original settlement.”
These are taken from the Middlesbrough chapter of Towns of Two Halves, published in 2018. To buy a copy, email info@townsof2halves.co.uk.