Many people leave the Teesside area with a smile on their faces.

From Roseberry Topping and Captain Cook’s Monument to the Transporter Bridge and The Riverside Stadium, there’s lots to see and do in the area.

But the star attractions don’t go down well with everyone.

From comparing Roseberry Topping to the M1 and the Temenos artwork to “a glorified oversized netball net”, there’s a few people who left unimpressed.

Here are a selection of miserable, hilarious and ridiculous TripAdvisor reviews, dishing out criticism to some of the area’s big pulls.

Roseberry Topping

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In at number one is Roseberry Topping – it’s rated as the best thing to do in our area.

But while a huge volume of reviewers handed it the top five out of five rating, not everyone is as impressed.

One rating from this year says: “Unfortunately it was like the M1 when we visited on the Bank Holiday so no atmosphere.

“There were a lot of black dog poo bags littering the walk also but the most shocking thing was the top marker was totally scrawled on with graffiti”.

Another says: “Great views but preferred Captain Cooks monument”.

Trig point at the summit of Roseberry Topping
Trig point at the summit of Roseberry Topping (Image: Handout)

One reviewer was left bemoaning a swarm of flying ants: “We have done the walk many times but visited in September and it was awful. It was as if the whole of Roseberry Topping was a giant ant’s nest that had been disturbed. There were flying ants EVERYWHERE!!!! At the top they were literally swarming it was awful. We didn’t stay long and made a hasty retreat. Stay clear in September but the rest of the year is great”.

Transporter Bridge

Sun sets over the Transporter Bridge and Temenos sculpture at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough
Sun sets over the Transporter Bridge and Temenos sculpture at Middlehaven, Middlesbrough (Image: Evening Gazette)

It’s likely the most iconic image of Middlesbrough, towering over the river Tees.

But not everyone is satisfied with a visit, with one review branding it “not very exciting”.

“Perhaps only really an attraction to children,” someone said.

“What’s going on with the lovely, iconic Transporter Bridge? It seems to spend more time ‘out of order’ than actually running!”

Another says it’s more practical than exiting.

“Old transportation bridge, which is not very exiting, but very practical if you’re going from town to the industrial areas.”

The Riverside Stadium

Ben Houchen and Lee Fryett at the Riverside Stadium
Ben Houchen and Lee Fryett at the Riverside Stadium (Image: Ian Cooper)

The home of the Boro is a favourite visit for many Teessiders.

But not all of the travelling fans share that love for the Championship ground.

Someone wasn’t impressed when they made a long trip north for a parmo, only to end up with a cheeseburger.

“Travelled up last weekend to watch Forest away, I came up January 2016 as well where I had my very first and second parmo in a bun.

“Quite miffed about the result, but no parmo in a bun for away fans anymore, what a liberty!

“I travelled 120 mile for a parmo, well and to watch Forest as well and had to make do with a cheeseburger after the match”.

Another person seemed to have visited on a rather quiet night.

“First time and last time at the ground, by the time I left I was on first name terms with everyone in the crowd”.

Temenos

Sun shining on Temenos in Middlesbrough (Image: Tony Winward)

This one doesn’t go down very well with visitors at all – with one person likening it to “a glorified oversized netball net”.

Its page on TripAdvisor is full of unimpressed visitors – here’s a selection.

“I have no idea why this was built in the first place. I think this was a terrible idea to build this ugly thing”.

“I cannot for the life of me understand what the hell this is, it looks like a glorified oversized netball net and is an eyesore”.

Another review says: “I drive by this thing every day and I am rather glad that sometimes the fog from the Tees obscures the view”.

Captain Cook’s monument, Great Ayton

Captain Cook's monument
Captain Cook’s monument

“This used to be a lovely walk from the car park up to the monument… now it is littered up the path with poo bags by irresponsible dog owners.”

Another voiced similar displeasure: “Tiptoeing through poop bags is not a pleasant walk and oh the mountain bikers hurtling around..dangerous!”

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