A visit to Preston Park Museum & Grounds in Stockton is a great value place to go where there is certainly something for everyone.
Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees, Tees Valley TS18 3RH
Tel: 01642 527375
Gardens and Open Spaces, Historical Sites, Indoor Activities, Museums and Art Centres, Outdoor Activities, Trips and Transport
Ages 5 - 12, All ages, Schools and Groups, Teenagers, Under 5s
(based on family of 4)
Make a day of it with the family by visiting Preston Park Museum & Grounds. This Stockton-on-Tees social history museum, sited in Preston Hall beside the River Tees and once the home of an industrial magnate, houses beautiful collections displayed in six themed areas, which help to tell the story of Stockton’s past and heritage. Whether it’s a journey along the River Tees or stepping back in time to a Victorian Street, there is so much to see.
The collections of art and artefacts, mainly the result of bequests from two local families, amount to some 600 pieces of art and sculpture and 1,000 ceramic pieces, all of which are linked in some way to Stockton. A series of galleries explores the impact the river has had on the area and people and visitors can dress up in period clothing for a photo opportunity in the industrial section. Punch a clocking-off card and learn about what people did with their leisure time at the end of a working day. The centrepiece of the museum is surely the Victorian Street where visitors can step over a clock in the ground ticking backwards, taking them back to 1895. In the different shops, talk to the costumed volunteers there and find out what life was like for people who worked in them. Visit the police station and find out about Victorian law enforcement, see inside a greengrocer’s and learn what produce people would have had in their shopping basket, check out the printer’s, and watch the blacksmith in his forge. Outside in the grounds, stroll around the Victorian Walled Garden and the kids will love a spell in the adventure play area or enjoy a ride on the Teesside Small Gauge Railway.
The entrance price is just £5 for a family of two adults and up to four children and under 5s have free entry. Closed Mondays.
Stay safe. Coronavirus advice is being updated regularly. As we look ahead to Christmas, we are looking forward to as many attractions and events opening up as possible. Please enjoy browsing the site for trips during the festive period. Remember to check directly with the venue before booking. Let’s Go with the Children is here to help and support families with ideas and information during this period.