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Stockton On Tees Guide

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Located on the River Tees, in the northeast of England, Stockton-on-Tees is a large town and port that encompasses parts of County Durham and North Yorkshire. It is mainly known as a centre for ship-repairing and the steel and chemical industries. Nonetheless, the town offers visitors a number of parks, museums and shopping facilities, as well as access to historic cities, the countryside and the largely unexplored coastline of the northeast.

Who to Book With
You can rent a car in Stockton itself or, if coming by plane, at the nearest main airport in Newcastle, 44 miles or one hour’s drive away via the A1 motorway. Here, all of the main car hire companies, including Alamo, Europcar, Sixt, Budget and National, are represented. Use our comparator website to pre-book and get the best offer available.

Best Time to Go
Given its location on the east coast of Britain and the fact it’s sheltered by both the mountains of the Lake District and those of the Pennines, Stockton is actually one of the drier areas of the UK. Average summer temperatures are about 20°C. July is the hottest month.

Need to Know Essentials
When hiring a vehicle, you will need to present the following documents:

- An International Driving Permit or a DVLA driving licence
- A passport or other valid form of identification with photo
- The same credit card as used for the reservation
- A printed copy of the confirmed reservation

For more info, please read our FAQs.

Driving
Two main roads serve Stockton: the east-west running A66 takes you to the city of Middlesborough - four miles east - and Darlington - 10 miles west – where you can access the A1. The A19 runs south to York and north to Sunderland.

Further tips on driving in the UK can be found in our Guide to the UK.

Transport

From High Street (the country’s widest one), you can easily access on foot the town’s famous outdoor market and its two principal retail shopping centres, Castlegate and Wellington Square. There are some interesting historical and cultural sights in this area. Public transport in the form of buses is the best option when it comes to getting around the other neighbourhoods in Stockton-on-Tees, but car hire is recommended for touring the local area.

Trains
Stockton’s railway station is on the Durham Coast Line, which is of limited use to most visitors. The majority of rail travellers use Thornaby Station, just half a mile away from downtown Stockton. Main line Northern Rail services running south and north can be accessed at Darlington.

Buses
The two main local bus companies offering services within Stockton and to regional destinations such as Durham, Newcastle and Middlesbrough are Arriva and Stagecoach. Services arrive and depart from High Street.

Taxis
Taxis are easily available through a range of local and national companies. Taxi ranks can be found throughout the town centre, with by far greatest number concentrated along High Street. Book ahead to be sure of a taxi if you are planning to go out at night.

Exploring

Local attractions include Preston Park with its adjoining Butterfly Park, the bustling city of Middlesborough with its surprising cultural sights and the historic city and county seat of Durham.

Recommended Drives

Preston Park Museum and Grounds - Located just three miles from the centre of town on the River Tees, Preston Park features an old house, a mini-zoo with a large aviary, a playground and a number of mock-Victorian era streets in an attractive parkland setting. The park incorporates Butterfly World, designed to provide a suitable tropical environment for butterflies. Other species on view here include hummingbirds, reptiles and the ever-lovable meerkats.

Middlesborough - Just three miles away from Stockton, the hugely underrated city of Middlesborough is well deserving of a visit. It is home to some impressive 19th century industrial and civic architecture, as well as the Middlesborough Institute of Modern Art, which houses the UK’s second-most extensive collection of Picasso works along with works by Andy Warhol, Matisse and the iconoclastic contemporary British artist Damien Hirst. Furthermore, it has two major parks, one of which, Stewart Park, contains the Captain Cook Birthplace Museum.

Durham - This beautifully preserved historical city is located 20 miles north of Stockton. A UNESCO World Heritage site, Durham has an 11th century castle and a Norman cathedral that’s one of the finest examples of Romanesque architecture in Europe. It makes for an ideal daytrip from Stockton-on-Tees by rental car. To get here, take the A177, also known as the old Durham Road, north from Stockton and either join the A1(M), taking the exit for Durham at Junction 62, or continue along the A177 all the way.

Frequently asked questions

Is Carrentals.co.uk the cheapest? Yes, we offer a guarantee of the lowest price - because we compare various retailers, we can always offer you the best price in town. What do I need to do when picking up a car? To pick up your car, you will need your voucher, passport, driver's license and a credit card. It is very important that your driver's license and credit card are in the same name as the main driver. Keep in mind that the local rental company will reserve a certain amount on your credit card as a deposit. This requires the PIN code for your credit card. If your driver's license is foreign (for example, in Chinese), you must bring a translation with you. Only your original passport and driver's license will be accepted - a copy is not sufficient. Are there any additional costs? In general, our rates are all-inclusive. Should there be any additional costs, our booking department will get in touch with you before issuing the invoice. Should you object, you can always cancel your reservation with no obligations attached (at least 48 hours in advance). What kind of insurance is applicable to my car rental? In general, Liability Insurance, Fire Insurance, All-Risks Insurance and Theft Insurance are included in the cost of your rental car. What is a worry-free label? This label indicates that a rental car satisfies the following requirements: Unlimited kilometers, no excess liability (and no excess cover available), sustainable energy policy, and that the car rental company has a good reputation. Availability of cars satisfying these four requirements will speed up the selection of a suitable vehicle for you. How can I change or cancel my reservation? You can cancel your reservation through "My Account". We recommend contacting us by phone if your changes to your booking or cancellation takes place at short notice (48 hours or less). When will I get a confirmation of my booking? Most reservations will receive confirmation within minutes after payment takes place. We recommend contacting our Booking Department for last minute reservations (pick-up within 48 hours). Which car rental companies are compared by Carrentals.co.uk? at this location
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