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Arctic Monkeys in Middlesbrough

Heading to the Arctic Monkeys gig in Middlesbrough? Here's everything you need to know from where to eat to getting about once you're here.

Getting to the event

The Riverside Stadium, home to Middlesbrough Football Club, is situated right by the River Tees and is easily accessible, whether you’re getting there by foot, train, bus or by car.

You can download the town centre map with key routes to the ground, here.

Riverside Stadium and dock area

Riverside Stadium and dock area

From the Railway Station

Middlesbrough Railway Station is just a 15 minute walk from the stadium. To go straight to the venue you’ll need to head out of the doors at the back of the station near Platform 2 onto Bridge Street West, turn right to walk past Hit the Bar and follow Windward Way all the way. The Riverside Stadium will be in front of you – keep to the right and follow the path around the dock area to reach the ground.

From the bus station

Middlesbrough bus station is situated in the heart of the town, you can walk to the stadium from here and it will take approximately 25 minutes. Walk down Corporation Road past the world-famous Empire nightclub and follow the directional signage past Cineworld and France Street Car Park and head through the two underpass tunnels to reach the ground.

For general information about getting around on public transport in Middlesbrough on the day of the event visit Connect Tees Valley – Public Transport Information which has live bus information, time tables and maps.

Car parking

If you’re driving to Middlesbrough for the event, the easiest option is to park in the town centre and walk to the stadium. Please note there is no parking at the stadium for the event.

Middlesbrough town centre can be accessed from the A19, A174 and the A66.

There are plenty of cark parks to use in the town centre, you can find a list of them here with information and prices. Don’t forget to download a handy map of the car parks.

Charges apply between 8am and 6pm, and parking is free of charge after 6pm. Zetland multi-storey car park will be kept open until midnight to accommodate gig goers and Captain Cook Square car park closes at 1am.

Staying in a hotel?

If you’re staying in one of Middlesbrough’s town centre hotels, staff will be happy to direct you to the stadium.

Leonardo Hotel, Holiday Inn Express and the Premier Inn are all located centrally and you’ll see directional signage to the Riverside Stadium along Albert Road and Corporation Road.

Leonardo Hotel Middlesbrough

Leonardo Hotel Middlesbrough

Bars and restaurants

When it comes to eating out and enjoying some drinks with friends (bottomless brunch anyone?) then it really is true that there’s something for everyone in Middlesbrough.

Try Italian food at Panuzzos or Uno Momento, independent cafes such as Cafe Etch, Off the Ground Coffee, Industry Coffee House and new kids on the block, Cafe 23, serve up barista-style coffee and hot drinks, tempting sweet treats and lunches.

Vegan restaurant V-edge offers an impressive plant-based selection and outstanding Japanese food can be found at Umi – it’s sushi but not as you know it and their cocktails have been hailed as works of art.

You can find a full run-down of places to eat in Middlesbrough here, from sizzling steakhouses and traditional pubs to trendy burger bars.

Umi Japanese bar and restaurant

Umi Japanese bar and restaurant


Baker Street, Bedford Street and Grange Road are a cluster of streets at the heart of the town’s independent quarter – the perfect place to head for a drink pre or post gig.

The area is a hive of activity and home to quirky micro bars serving up local tipples and craft drinks. Each bar has it’s own identity brimming with character.

Twisted Lip, The Chairman bar, Sherlocks micro bar, O’Connells pub, Rafferty’s bar which will include pre-drinks and live music from 4pm with Reece Vidamour, Dr Watson’s, Seven Sins cocktail bar and Bedford St. Social are all in walking distance on Baker Street and Bedford Street.

Indie micro pub Infant Hercules is just around the corner on Grange Road and The Bottled Note and Devil’s Advocate are just a short walk around the corner on Borough Road.

Award-winning Nuthatch on Bedford Street is locally famed for incredible craft cocktails and specialists spirits and just around the corner is Dovecot, another bar serving up one of the town’s largest selection of gins with regular guest DJs.

Just a 5 minute walk away is Madam Rouge – the chic new cocktail bar and bistro. Make sure you book in for a tasty breakfast if you’re making a long weekend of it.

Espresso martinis

Espresso martinis

On the edge of town

Linthorpe Village is just a ten to fifteen minute walk from the town centre and has it’s own unique identity.

It’s a buzzing neighbourhood of restaurants and bars including nationally acclaimed Persian Cottage, Thai eatery The Copperstone, Olivellos restaurant, Central Park and the Artizan bar.

If you pay a visit, make sure you check out newbies Small Beans Coffee House, it’s one of the town’s newest spots.

Food and drink offers

Many bars, pubs and restaurants have special offers on the day of the gig and the weekend before, Teesside Restaurant Week is also taking place from Monday 5 June, which means many places are offering special deals such as three courses for £20 plus other offers.

Take a look at these other deals:

  • One of Middlesbrough’s newest venues, Bloom is open from 1pm, where they have a special concert food menu available, alongside live music throughout the afternoon.
  • Dovecot bar is offering bottomless brunch sittings
  • Oven Restaurant will be brewing some speciality cocktails names after the Arctic Monkeys songs
  • Burgerlicious have 15% off all week
  • The Copperstone Thai restaurant is offering a lunch time deal over the weekend (2 – 4 June) for two courses for £11 and ‘Thai time’ two courses for £13.50 (not open Monday).
  • To get the party started, Hit the Bar will be opening from 1pm with plenty of indie music on the speakers to truly get you in the mood for the gig!
  • Linthorpe Road’s The Oven has a special Arctic Monkeys themed cocktail menu.
  • The Dickens will be hosting an afterparty at their famous venue between 11pm – 3am.
  • Or head to Stereo which is located next door to the railway station for their afterparty from 10pm – 3am.
  • Bentley’s Coffee Shop at Hudson Quay (besides the Riverside Stadium) will be open on the day of the gig and will have special deals
  • The Empire nightclub will be open Saturday 3 June and Switch Disco will be performing

Staying longer?

Roseberry Topping, just outside Middlesbrough

Roseberry Topping, just outside Middlesbrough

If you’re planning to stay a bit longer in the area then you’re guaranteed an incredible experience in our corner of the world.

Middlesbrough is in the heart of the Tees Valley, which offers coast and countryside, quaint market towns, breath-taking outdoor spaces and everything in between.

Visit charming seaside spots, channel your inner adrenaline junkie with water sports and there’s plenty of walking and cycling routes to explore. Make sure you get your foodie fix from amazing independent food and drink venues from across the five boroughs of the region, Visit Tees Valley is your go-to guide when exploring!

If you’re looking to secure last-minute accommodation in Middlesbrough or in the wider area for the Arctic Monkeys gig there’s a whole host of overnight options from quirky glamping spots and luxury hotels to coastal retreats. Click here to find out more.

We hope you enjoy show and get to experience what’s on offer whilst you’re here!

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