A ROUGH Guide to Teesside has been published by Teesside University and Middlesbrough Council.

All the material was provided by the Rough Guide's own team of writers and the guide provides information about the area's towns, cultural highlights, history and famous people from Darlington to Hartlepool.

A total of 13,000 copies of the guide will be distributed to prospective students and a further 7,000 will be given to tourist areas.

As well as well-known information about the area, the guide, which does not criticise the district, highlights quirky facts, including that Hollywood director Ridley Scott was inspired by the steelworks at Redcar when creating the look of iconic sci-fi film Blade Runner.

Teesside University’s Marketing Manager Michelle Eaves said: “From the beaches at Saltburn to the Cleveland Hills through to the nightlife and museums in Middlesbrough, there really is something for everybody in Teesside.

“I moved here from the North-West and it wasn’t until I came here that I found about the fantastic range of attractions in Middlesbrough and the surrounding area.

“The only problem we have found is fitting all the attractions into one guide and so we welcome any additional contributions for future editions about anything we may have missed.”

Read the guide at tees.ac.uk/roughguides.