Route of the Esk Valley Railway


Middlesbrough is a lively modern city offering great shopping, entertainment and spectator sports, as well as a major art gallery. The Esk Valley Railway goes right into its heart, making this the ideal way to visit Middlesbrough; and by the same means, residents of this city can, quickly and comfortably, reach some of Yorkshire's most spectacular countryside in the North York Moors National Park, or travel further to the historic seaside town of Whitby. 

For Middlesbrough FC Fixtures check here, though matches are being played behind closed doors due to covid-19.

The first station was built in 1847 by John Middleton but it was too small for the rapid growth in traffic.  The current structure was designed by William Peachey, a prominent Victorian architect and the imposing station was opened in 1877. It was badly damaged in WWII in 1942 but was re-built. Read more about the history of Middlesbrough railway station

Plans for an extention to the platforms and direct trains to London are underway, see here for more details.

In the Town Hall Square, take a look at the statue of John Vaughan. One of the bronze plaques on the base of this monument shows a sailing ship, ironworks and a very early locomotive hauling wagons of iron ore or coal, thus commemorating the industrial heritage of Middlesbrough and the origin of its railways.

Live Train times to and from Middlesbrough

Line Guide for the Esk Valley Railway in pdf format

All Northern Timetables
Route 2: Nunthorpe & Middlesbrough to Newcastle & Metrocentre
Route 5: Middlesbrough to Whitby

Esk Valley Railway Forget-me-not Dementia-friendly Train
Due to coronavirus, we have had to cancel until further notice.
This service was running on the first Wednesday of the Month with live music from the Dave Clegg Duo, sing alongs and bring your own picnic. We will get this back as soon as we are able. For a flavour of last year's trains, see here.


Centre Square, Middlesbrough, TS1 2AZ
The Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (MIMA) is a short walk from the railway station. Surrounded by a new public square and itself housed in a £14.2 million landmark building, designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects, MIMA brings together the city's art collections for the first time and hosts temporary exhibitions of fine and applied arts from 1900 to the present day. Admission is free.
Find out more about MIMA

Dorman Museum

Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough, TS5 6LA
A wide-ranging museum collection with changing exhibitions and permanent themed galleries covering natural history, ornithology, archaeology, ethnography, social history, local history and astronomy. Refreshments are available in Nana Tom's café. Admission is free.
Find out more about the Dorman Museum

Transporter Bridge

Spanning the River Tees amongst Middlesbrough's docks, the Transporter Bridge, opened in 1911, is an impressive landmark visible for miles around, and it has become the best-known image associated with this city. At 851 feet, it is the longest operational transporter bridge anywhere in the world. Its cantilever construction has three main spans, giving its unique appearance. The bridge is effectively two almost independent structures joined at the centre. Each half of the bridge has an "anchor" span of 140 feet and then cantilevers across the river 285 feet from the tower leg to meet its twin from the opposite bank. The passenger gondola is suspended by steel cables and runs on a wheel and rail system approximately 160 feet above the river.
The Transporter Bridge is currently closed for essential maintenance, and is due to re-open for tours and to cross over the Tees in March 2021

More about Middlesbrough

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The Tees Link

This is an 11-mile trail which connects the Cleveland Way at Highcliff Nab to the Teesdale Way at Middlesbrough Dock.
Find out more about The Tees Link

Come and explore the Land of Iron Walks in the North York Moors

There are ten circular walks from stations with close connections to the Ironstone mining era of the late 1800s. Try the train down the Esk Valley and from Great Ayton to Grosmont, each station tells a story and shows a map with a circular walk. The information boards were funded by the North York Moors National Park's Land of Iron Team and you can find out more about this amazing project here. There is also a permanent exhibition at the Moors Centre, Danby, which is a 20 minute walk from the station.

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Off-Peak fares from Middlesbrough  
With EVR Railcard discount
Day Return to Whitby £7.90
Note: 04:58 and 06:55 service Mon-Fri is a Peak Fare Train (£9.30 Adult, Child £4.65 or £6:10 Adult £3.05 Child with an Esk Valley Railcard)
The Esk Valley Railward is valid on this service.

Journey times from Middlesbrough  
To Whitby 90 minutes

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