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A market town situated in County Durham, Stockton-on-Tees boasts a proud industrial past – once the beating heart of the ship building and steel industries during the 19th century. Today, the town has involved into a modern urban hub, with a thriving arts scene that revolves around the Arc Theatre & Arts Centre, where an extensive programme of live music, comedy and drama unfolds throughout the year, alongside a programme of creative workshops.
With a hire car at your disposal, Stockton’s various green spaces also open up to you, from Ropner Park (complete with adventure playground and tennis courts) to Wynyard Woodland Park, which boasts its own planetarium and observatory, as well as a former railway line which now offers the perfect route for walking or cycling, leading visitors to the local nature reserve and the Pickard Meadows (a newly established wildflower meadow).
Fly into either Durham Tees Valley airport (a 15-minute drive) or the larger Newcastle airport (an hour’s drive) and Stockton is within easy reach.
Once you have the keys to your hire car, you can easily explore both Stockton and the surrounding area. Middlesborough is just 15 minutes’ drive, where you can visit the Institute of Modern Art or climb to the top of the nearby Roseberry Topping hill for outstanding views across the region. The town of Darlington is also just a 20-minute drive away, where you can explore Raby Castle and its extensive deer park or stop off at Head of Steam – the Darlington Railway Museum, to learn all about the important role steam power played in shaping this area.
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Stockton boasts plenty of attractions to amuse adults and children alike, from Butterfly World – a tropical rainforest hothouse where you can experience between 80-120 species of butterflies fluttering around you, to Preston Park (10 minutes’ drive from the city centre) – a beautiful Georgian mansion now converted into a museum, where you can walk down a replica Victorian street, as well as let the kids loose on the Adventure Play Park and Skate Park.
The vibrant city of Newcastle is also just a 50-minute drive away in your hire car, where you can traverse the iconic Tyne bridge and take advantage of the city’s extensive network of bars, restaurants and unique shops. The city of Sunderland is also a 40-minute drive away, where you can enjoy some spectacular sea views, visit the imposing ruins of Hylton Castle and stroll along Roker beach.
The national UK speed limit is set to 60mph on single-carriageway roads and 70mph on dual carriageways and motorways. British cars drive on the left-hand side, with the steering wheel positioned on the right of the car. Roundabouts appear frequently on British roads so remember to give way to the right to all traffic on a roundabout.
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