Marton is a former village on what is now the outskirts of Middlesbrough, in what was formerly Yorkshire but is now Cleveland.
Its chief claim to fame is that Captain James Cook, the famous mariner, was born here in 1728.
The Captain Cook Birthplace Museum is a splendid collection of memorabilia and history of his life, career, adventures and discoveries.
The museum is in Stewart Park, a lovely country park which acts as a brilliant lung for the people of Middlesbrough.
Close to the museum is a granite vase. This marks the site of Cook’s actual birthplace, and is the start of the Captain Cook Trail, a walking route around Cleveland.