Travelling around Stockton
Located on the banks of the Tees River and in the heart of Durham, Stockton-on-Tees is one of the jewels in the North East’s crown. This pretty market town has great connections to the rest of the North East and beyond.
Nature is the order of the day in Stockton-on-Tees. From alpacas to butterflies, there are plenty of opportunities to get up close and personal with our four-legged or winged friends! There are also an abundance of parks and gardens that make this the perfect place for a visit if you’re a lover of the great outdoors.
With excellent train links to Newcastle, Middlesbrough and Sunderland, Stockton is a great commuter town for the bigger cities nearby. Getting around within Stockton is a piece of cake too, thanks to the Arriva bus services. Arriva buses run to Peterlee, Darlington and Yarm, as well as Middlesbrough and Newcastle.
Like many market towns, Stockton-on-Tees has a rich and varied history. It began life as an Anglo-Saxon settlement on high ground close to the northern bank of the River Tees. The first reference to Stockton Castle was 1376. It was captured by the Scottish in 1644 and occupied by them until 1646 when it was destroyed on the orders of Oliver Cromwell at the end of the Civil War. There is now a shopping centre, called the Castle Gate Centre, which stands in its place.
The Stockton and Darlington Railway, which opened in 1825, was the area’s first permanent steam locomotive railway. The line was 26 miles (40 km) long and was built to travel between Darlington and Stockton-on-Tees and also from Darlington to several collieries. The line was initially built to connect inland coal mines to Stockton, where the coal was loaded onto sea-going boats.