Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Nestled alongside the River Tees, Preston Hall, a former Georgian gentleman’s residence and once home to local industrial magnate Robert Ropner, houses a vast collection of artefacts which tell the story of Stockton-On-Tees.

Step through the Victorian portico and discover more about the families who lived here and their role in shaping Stockton’s history. Admire the museum’s beautiful collections, explore the history of the mighty River Tees and engage with our  volunteers as they go about their day in the replica Victorian street. Step over our clock, ticking backwards, to emerge into the world of 1895 – why not take afternoon tea and sample some sweets and cakes from times gone by?

Whether you’d like a stroll in the Quarry Wood Nature Reserve, fancy a wander around the Victorian walled kitchen garden, or feel like letting off steam at our adventure play area  – there’s something for everyone!

Upcoming Events

Meet Father Christmas

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Meet Father Christmas in his traditional grotto on our Victorian Street, every weekend from 30 November until 22 December.

Sat 14 Dec - 15 Dec

Meet Father Christmas

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Meet Father Christmas in his traditional grotto on our Victorian Street, every weekend from 30 November until 22 December.

Sat 21 Dec - 22 Dec

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

All aboard the Mobile Library – Join us for rhymes, songs and stories!

Wed 15 Jan

Northern Dales Farmers' Market

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets and their outstanding local food and drink producers will be at the museum every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sun 12 Jan

Northern Dales Farmers' Market

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets and their outstanding local food and drink producers will be at the museum every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sun 09 Feb

Northern Dales Farmers' Market

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

The Northern Dales Farmers’ Markets and their outstanding local food and drink producers will be at the museum every 2nd Sunday of the month.

Sun 08 Mar

Blacksmithing Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Learn about this traditional craft from master Blacksmith Peat Oberon.

Sat 08 Feb

Blacksmithing Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Learn about this traditional craft from master Blacksmith Peat Oberon.

Sat 16 May

Relaxed Openings

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

We are running a series of quiet Sunday mornings which are aimed at supporting the needs of people with autism, sensory conditions and dementia.

Sun 12 Jan

Making a Mess - Under 5s Club

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Drop in for messy crafts, stories and playtime. Every Friday during term time.

Fri 13 Dec

Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 15 Dec

Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 19 Jan

Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 16 Feb

Food, Flavour, Feast Cooking Demonstration

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us and celebrate our ‘plot to pot’ garden produce as we demonstrate creating delicious, easy dishes inspired by our fantastic Walled Kitchen Garden.

Sun 15 Mar

To Boldly Go Exhibition

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

This exhibition tells the story of the Tees Valley’s brave explorers who travelled across the world to discover new civilisations and make ground-breaking scientific discoveries.

Tue 22 Oct - 23 Feb

Talk by Joann Fletcher: Women and Ancient Egypt

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Professor Joann Fletcher as she talks about the pioneering women whose huge contribution to Egyptology is all too rarely acknowledged.

Sat 08 Feb

Elf HQ - Family Christmas Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Experience a little magic and sparkle this Christmas with a visit to our Elf HQ hidden within the woodland of Preston Park. Full of festive cheer, fun and elf mischief, the whole family are invited to help Santa’s little helpers prepare for Christmas Eve

Sat 14 Dec - 15 Dec

Elf HQ - Family Christmas Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Experience a little magic and sparkle this Christmas with a visit to our Elf HQ hidden within the woodland of Preston Park. Full of festive cheer, fun and elf mischief, the whole family are invited to help Santa’s little helpers prepare for Christmas Eve

Sat 21 Dec - 22 Dec

Christmas Woodland Trail and Crafts

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Wrap up warm and take a walk through our magical Christmas Woodland Trail which will be brought to life with festive characters. Stop by our Elfie Selfie Station before heading indoors on our Victorian Street to make something special to take home.

Sat 14 Dec - 15 Dec

Christmas Woodland Trail and Crafts

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Wrap up warm and take a walk through our magical Christmas Woodland Trail which will be brought to life with festive characters. Stop by our Elfie Selfie Station before heading indoors on our Victorian Street to make something special to take home.

Sat 21 Dec - 22 Dec

Community Crochet Christmas Tree

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

See our 20ft Crochet Christmas Tree made by over 100 volunteers and local community groups.

Thu 05 Dec - 22 Dec

Talk: Frank Wild: Yorkshire to Antarctica - Henrietta Hammant

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Frank Wild from Skelton-in-Cleveland holds the record for the most is most famous, however, for being Ernest Shackleton’s right-hand man,This talk, by Henrietta Hammant from the Scott Polar Research Institute, will consider what challenges the Antarctic presented for explorers at the turn of the century and will reveal Ernest and Frank’s incredible stories of survival. But most importantly, it will answer the question: why did Frank keep going back?

Thu 23 Jan

Talk: Dive into Durham: Discovering the Durham River Wear Assemblage – Gary Bankhead

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Dive into Durham’s past with Gary Bankhead and discover the story of the Durham River Wear Assemblage. The collection totals some 13,000 ordinary and extraordinary objects, including spoons, thimbles, keys, dice, toys, buckles, rings, ear wax scoops and pilgrim souvenirs!

Fri 21 Feb

Opening Hours

Tuesday
10:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 16:00
Thursday
10:00 - 16:00
Friday
10:00 - 16:00
Saturday
10:00 - 16:00
Sunday
10:00 - 16:00

Location

Preston Park Museum and Grounds, Yarm Road, Eaglescliffe, Stockton-on-Tees TS18 3RH

Facilities

Toilets
Parking
Cafe