A favoured destination for many business travellers because of the hotel’s convenient location for the Tees Valley business community, & also perfectly situated for those who wish to spend a relaxing weekend amongst the beautiful countryside attractions.
Within 30 minutes you can be immersed in the dramatic landscapes of the North Yorkshire Moors or be in the centres of Middlesbrough, Darlington and Northallerton.
The Leven is situated in the heart of Stokesley, itself at the foot of the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park. Located close to the centre of the Tees Valley it is within travelling distance of many local places of interest.
The Leven is a wonderful hotel where you can base yourself on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors to visit some of the country's most attractive countryside and a wealth of historic castles and gardens, including:
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
The Schoolroom Museum in Great Ayton is housed in a building once used as a charity school which was founded in 1704 by Michael Postgate, a local landowner. It was here, between 1736 and 1740, that Captain James Cook received his early education. Recently refurbished, it now features a reconstruction of a schoolroom of the early eighteenth century, when teaching methods were very different from today. There are also interactive displays about James Cook’s early life and education, and his later achievements.
Distinctive hill and iconic landmark with fine views across North Yorkshire and Cleveland
Middlesbrough Institute Of Modern Art
mima is a bold new gallery of modern and contemporary art designed by Erick van Egeraat Associated Architects. The gallery brings together the town’s art collections for the first time. mima hosts temporary exhibitions of fine art and craft from 1900 to now. Featuring the work of internationally acclaimed artists, the programme includes painting, drawing, ceramics, jewellery design, sound, film, mixed media, photography and sculpture. Exhibitions change every quarter.
Preston Park Museum & Grounds
With 100 acres of parkland overlooking the River Tees, a range of permanent attractions and an exciting programme of special events & activities, a visit to Preston Park offers a great day out for all the family. At the centre of the Park is the Preston Hall Museum with displays of art, armour and social history. Visitors can discover life in the home since the hall was built in 1825 and stroll back in time along a typical local street of the 1890s.
The Dorman Museum reopened on the 1st March 2003 after a 3 year redevelopment programme. The museum now has 8 permanent galleries, temporary exhibition space, on-site collection store, resources room, education suite and cafe. Our exhibitions, events and activities illustrate the cultural and natural world. We use our anthropology, natural and social history collections to lead our programme of regular events aimed at all ages and abilities.
Darlington Civic Theatre
Darlington Civic Theatre first opened its doors on Monday September 2 1907 as the New Hippodrome & Palace of Varieties under the leadership of Managing Director Signor Rino Pepi. Over the years many famous names have appeared at the theatre including Anna Pavlova, Tommy Cooper, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rex Harrison, Dame Vera Lynn and Mickey Rooney. The reputation of the Civic Theatre has grown over the years and it still attracts the biggest names in the theatre world and is a sought after venue for national touring.
Hartlepool Maritime Experience
Hartlepool’s Maritime Experience, a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport is a fantastic place to visit for families, groups and schools – in fact everybody. It brings to life the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. Travel back in our mari-time machine to experience how it was aboard a real British naval frigate, two centuries ago. Explore the historic quayside, featuring ‘Pressganged’, ‘Fighting Ships’, realistic period shops and houses and much more. Talk to our guides – all in authentic period dress, marvel at Britain’s oldest warship afloat HMS Trincomalee, find out about all our events and discover the fascinating maritime Museum of Hartlepool.
The Cleveland Way is 109 miles / 176 Kilometres of ever changing and beautiful landscapes and scenery. The Cleveland Way was opened in 1969, the second National Trail in England and Wales. An invigorating walk on any part of the route is the ultimate stress beater.The route follows a horseshoe line of great variety around much of the beautiful North York Moors National Park. Starting from the attractive market town of Helmsley, The Cleveland Way heads across the inspirational, and sometimes vibrant heather Moorland of the North York Moors, before reaching the coast at Saltburn. From here it’s a visual feast along the dramatic North Yorkshire coastline to Filey, passing old fishing villages and lively coastal towns. Along the way there is a wealth of history and heritage to enjoy. Helmsley Castle, Rievaulx Abbey, Mount Grace Priory, Gisborough Priory, Whitby Abbey and Scarborough Castle to name just a few special sites.
Duncombe Park is amongst Yorkshire’s most amazing historic houses and estates, offering something for everyone to enjoy, from elegant rooms and the spectacular gardens to the finest shopping, food and drink and many miles of walks in the parkland. The home of Lord and Lady Feversham is set in the magnificent landscape of North Yorkshire just a stone throw away from the North York Moors.
A Jacobean Country House Kiplin Hall stands near the river Swale overlooking the lake towards Penhill. There are gardens and extensive parkland, which includes a woodland trail.
High on a cliff above the Yorkshire seaside town of Whitby are the gaunt, imposing remains of Whitby Abbey. Founded in 657 by St Hilda, Whitby Abbey has over the years been a bustling settlement, a kings’ burial place, the setting for a historic meeting between Celtic and Roman clerics, the home of saints including the poet Caedmon, and inspiration for Bram Stoker, author of Dracula. Discover how over 2,000 years of history make the Abbey one of England’s most important archaeological sites, while at the interactive visitor centre your family can interrogate personalities from the past – including Dracula’s creator!
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
The Country’s most popular heritage railway. The 18 mile line runs through the beautiful North Yorkshire Moors National Park, between the market town of Pickering and the village of Grosmont – Experience the thrill of a full size steam locomotive, or the power of a diesel engine on a nostalgic journey through spectacular countryside
Richmond Town and Castle
An historic Yorkshire market town, with Norman castle, Georgian architecture, cobbled market place, monuments and abbeys, the fast flowing river Swale, and breathtaking scenery. Situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, Richmond is a town that inspires painters and poets, past and present. There are many Places called Richmond world-wide – 57 at the last count! – But Richmond in North Yorkshire is referred to as the ‘Mother’ of all. The town grew up around the castle, built by the Norman’s on the ‘Riche-Mont’, meaning strong.
Flamingo Land is the UK’s only Theme Park, Zoo and Holiday Village , all set in over 375 acres of North Yorkshire parkland. With so much to see and do, visit for the day and you’ll go home wishing you’d stayed longer!
Castle Howard is one of Britain’s finest historic houses and is still home to the Howard family whose forebears conceived, designed, and built it over three centuries ago.
The Bowes Museum
The Bowes Museum houses a collection of outstanding European fine and decorative arts and offers an acclaimed exhibition programme alongside special events and children’s activities.
One of the UK’s leading theme parks, packed with over 40 rides and attractions. From our jaw dropping big thrill rides to mini adventures for the junior thrill seekers amongst you, and with over 30,000 sq ft of retail therapy at Lightwater Shopping Village and the stunning Bird of Prey Centre – it’s fantastic fun the whole family can enjoy. So sit back, enjoy the rides and let your imagination run wild…. you’re in for an unforgettable adventure!
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Whitby is a spectacular run over the Moors from Stokesley. Why not take in the Captain Cook Museum in Grape Lane? It’s in the 17thc house where the young James Cook came to serve his seaman’s apprenticeship. The collections, ship models, maps, original letters in Cook’s own hand, original paintings and Pacific artefacts from the Voyages, tell the story of Cook and his crews and of the artists and scientists who sailed with him.
Yorkshire’s Premier Triple Award-Winning Lavender Farm, Lavender Gardens and Specialist Plant Nursery set in a spectacular hillside farm of nearly 60 acres, within the Howardian Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The Forbidden Corner
The Forbidden Corner is a unique labyrinth of tunnels, chambers, follies and surprises created in a four acre garden in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales. The temple of the underworld, the eye of the needle, a huge pyramid made of translucent glass, paths and passages that lead nowhere, extraordinary statues – at every turn there are decisions to make and tricks to avoid. This is a day out with a difference which will challenge and delight adults and children of all ages.
Beamish Open Air Museum
Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England. Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, eight miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne, twelve miles north west of Durham city. It is not a traditional museum as most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt here. What sets Beamish apart from glass case museums is that the story is told not by labels but by costumed staff who are proud of their heritage and happy to share their knowledge with visitors.
Bolton Castle is a spectacular mediaeval fortress, situated in the heart of the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, on the boundary of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It was built in 1399 by Richard le Scrope, 1st Lord Scrope of Bolton and Lord Chancellor of England. Bolton has never been sold, and remains in the private ownership of Lord Bolton, Richard le Scropes’ descendant. Bolton Castle is open daily throughout the year to visitors