The park was officially opened by Prince Arthur of Connaught on 11 August 1868. It was built on land bought by Henry Bolckow specifically to provide a public park for the people of Middlesbrough as the town expanded.
Covering 30 hectares of space, Albert Park is an award-winning Green Flag space in the very centre of Middlesbrough.
The park is often used for large-scale events which incorporate the beautiful bandstand, avenue of trees, and wide-open urban space.
It’s the perfect place to walk the dog, meet friends, take the family, or just relax.
But if you’re looking for something a little more energetic, you can hire a tennis court or take a spin on the roller-skating rink. Or why not dig out your running shoes and take part in the weekly Albert Park parkrun, every Saturday at 9am.
Anglers flock to the park’s lake to fish for estuary perch, carp and rainbow trout.
You can enjoy a bite to eat at the cafe at the visitors centre, and with the Dorman Museum so close by, why not visit both? Refreshments are also available at Dresser’s Tea Rooms at the museum.
There’s also a nod to one of Middlesbrough’s sporting greats – near the Linthorpe Road main entrance, a statue of Brian Clough stands proud.
The 7 ft-tall bronze figure, sculpted by Vivien Mallock, shows a 24-year-old Clough with his boots slung over his shoulder striding towards Boro’s former ground Ayresome Park, on his way to training from his childhood home on Valley Road in nearby Grove Hill.
Get your skates on in Albert Park and enjoy a whirl around the roller rink! Open daily from 9am to 6pm until Sunday 1st October (from 1st October onwards opening hours are 9am to 4pm), it’s great exercise and fun too! No matter what your experience, the park has a pair of skates for you.
The Rollerskate Rink is £3.90 for adults and £2.80 for children. Call 01642 819808 for more information or ask at the Visitor Centre.
Albert Park Park-Run
A fun and friendly weekly 5k community event, which takes place every Saturday morning around Albert Park. Where everyone is encouraged to either walk, jog, run, volunteer or spectate.
The course will involve two laps all on path around the park, going alongside the pond and through the wooded area at the back of the park.
This is a free event, but you must register beforehand and take along your bar code before beginning the race.
New Family Trail available!
Enjoy a magical trail around Albert Park from Middlesbrough Mela. Featuring magical characters to meet along the way, the trail is ideal for children age 3-9 and their grown ups too. Fun for all the family, scan the QR code to take part*.
*In case you didn’t know, you can use the camera on your phone to take a picture of the QR code to open up the trails – no special app is required.