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A Snapshot into.. Middlesbrough

  • August 17, 2020

Whilst not technically named as a City, Middlesbrough is a large town that deserves recognition!  The town lies in the southernmost part of the North East of England and is positioned perfectly between coast and country. It’s approximately 1 hour 15 minutes’ drive north of Leeds, and 50 minutes’ drive south of Newcastle and has an estimated population of 138,400.

The South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is the largest hospital trust in the Tees Valley serving the people of Middlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Hambleton and Richmondshire and beyond. The Trust manages two main hospital sites, The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton, employing around 9,000 members of staff.

The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough is a designated major trauma centre and provides all its specialties from one site which is unique for a hospital of its size. The hospital has 1,024 beds, a 24-hour acute admissions unit and an emergency department (housing the major trauma unit). There is also an Institute of Learning Research and Innovation on site, embracing postgraduate medical education, undergraduate teaching centre, nurse training school, the school of radiography and library facilities!

Facts About Middlesbrough

  • The James Cook University Hospital has received many accolades, among them that their cardiac team is rated as being one of the top three in the world.
  • Marton, which is now part of Middlesbrough, was the birthplace of Captain James Cook, one of the greatest explorers the world has ever known.
  • A marvel of Edwardian engineering, Middlesbrough's famous Transporter Bridge is a Grade II listed building, the only working one of its type in the world - and the only UK bridge licensed for bungee jumping!
  • Middlesbrough has five Green Flag awards, the national excellence standard for parks and open spaces.
  • Middlesbrough Football Club has the biggest football-based community initiative in the country supporting more than 43,000 local people each year
  • The longest and fastest karting circuit in the UK is on the outskirts of Middlesbrough.
  • Award-winning designer Kate Fearnley, based in Middlesborough, designs exclusive dresses for Girls Aloud, Katie Price, The Saturdays and the X Factor girls Alexandra and Diana.
  • Among the many talented musicians from the town are Paul Rodgers, once of Free and now of Queen, and the hugely successful Chris Rea.
  • Middlesbrough's Psyche store is a winner of the FHM Menswear Designer Retailer of the Year and the Drapers Best Store in the UK and Ireland.

Cost of Living in Middlesbrough

Cost of Renting Accommodation per month

One-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


One-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment in the City Centre


Three-Bedroom Apartment outside of the City Centre



1ltr Petrol


One-Way Public Transport Ticket


Monthly Public Transport Ticket


1km Taxi Journey



Meal out for two in a local pub


Meal out for two in a mid-range restaurant, 3 courses


Cinema tickets for two people


One-month gym membership


Tennis court rental for 1 hour on the weekend


Beer 0.5ltr bottle


Coke/Pepsi 0.33ltr bottle




Time it Takes to Travel by Train from Middlesbrough to Cities in the UK:


Time it Takes to Travel


6 Hours 25 Minutes


6 Hours 55 Minutes


7 Hours 7 Minutes


2 Hours 24 Minutes


1 Hours 17 Minutes


4 Hour 34 Minutes


3 Hours 33 Minutes


2 Hours 52 Minutes

Education in Middlesbrough:

According to the information available on the government website, Middlesbrough is home to 47 Primary Schools and a further 12 Secondary Schools. To find out more information about term dates, applications, standards, curriculum and general education, visit the Middlesbrough Council website here.

Middlesbrough is also home to Teesside University, an educational institution with 30,000 students, offering post graduate and undergraduate courses across a variety of sectors – whether it be Law, Art, Computing, Languages, Business or Health.

Things to do in Middlesbrough:

Shopping – Psyche Centre

Consisting of a 40,000 square foot designer department store, three boutiques and an international website, Psyche is a Middlesbrough fashion institution which is internationally recognised, and 2018 winner of the Draper’s Independent Awards. It houses over 200 of the most sought after brands including Moncler, Paul Smith, Polo Ralph Lauren, and Hugo Boss. For over 36 years Psyche has carved out a reputation based on cutting edge design and was voted UK Menswear Independent Retailer of the Year at the Drapers Awards 2018.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum

Situated in Stewart Park, and attracting visitors from across the globe, the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is brimming with history and fascinating insights into one of the world’s most famous explorers. Captain Cook was one of the first European’s to successfully circumnavigate around Australia, New Zealand and many other islands in Australasia. His life and explorations are celebrated in this interactive museum, perfect for a day out.

Middlesbrough Sports Village

You can enjoy a huge range of different sports and activities at Middlesbrough Sports Village. There’s a state-of-the-art gym, a full programme of group fitness classes, indoor badminton sessions and a soft play area for kids. Outside, the Village boasts a full range of athletics facilities, including an eight-lane 400m track, a 10-lane 100m track, as well as four long jump pits. There’s also high jump, hammer throwing, javelin and pole vaulting facilities. The latest addition to the facility is a £1.6m, 250m velodrome, alongside five all-weather outdoor pitches and a skate park for BMX bikes, scooters and inline skaters.

Institute of Modern Art

Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art offers a fascinating free day out for the family, with changing exhibitions, collection displays, learning activities, projects, and community-focused initiatives that involve many artists and publics. These programmes promote creativity for everyone in ordinary life, through education, debate and making.

Relocation to Middlesbrough:

If you’re an international doctor looking to relocate to Middlesbrough, or another location in the UK, please email your CV to [email protected] and we can support you in securing an NHS post and on your journey to relocate to the UK.

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