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

Highlights Tour

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the highlights of our galleries: from exploring the history of the Grade II Listed Hall, to stepping back to 1895 on our Victorian Street.

Wed 27 Feb

Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Enjoy a fun filled day out for all the family at the fantastic Fire Engine and Vintage Vehicle Show. With over 300 vehicles of all types on display, it's an event that's not to be missed!

Sat 29 Jun - 30 Jun

Highlights Tour

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover the highlights of our galleries: from exploring the history of the Grade II Listed Hall, to stepping back to 1895 on our Victorian Street.

Thu 28 Feb

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 13 Mar

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 03 Apr

Community Curated: Volunteering with the Collections Team

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Come and find out about some of the jobs that our fabulous Collection Volunteers do behind the scenes.

Tue 05 Feb - 31 Mar

Lucy Pittaway Art Exhibition

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Stockton-on-Tees born Lucy Pittaway was named the UK's 'Most Popular Selling Published Artist 2018' by the Fine Art Trade Guild.

Sat 08 Dec - 24 Feb

Behind the Seams

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

See 35 costumes from TV, film and theatre including The Crown, Downton Abbey, Poldark and Titanic.

Sat 22 Dec - 03 Mar

Sock Puppets

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Bring an old sock (preferably a clean on!) and we will show you how to recycle it into a sock puppet.

Sun 24 Feb

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - March

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 10 Mar

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - April

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 14 Apr

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - May

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 May

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - June

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 Jun

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - July

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 14 Jul

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - August

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 11 Aug

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - September

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 Sep

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - October

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 13 Oct

Northern Dales Farmers' Market - November

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 10 Nov

Unicorns, Dragons & Fairies

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Do you believe in fairies? Swear you’ve seen a mermaid? Think unicorns and dragons are real? Then come and celebrate 'Magical Creatures' with us. Plus, meet our real life 'Unicorns'.

Sat 13 Apr - 14 Apr

Easter Week

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Can you find our bunnies hidden around the museum? Plus don't miss our Easter craft workshops, Peter Rabbit inspired story time, food demonstration, pop-up farm and Movies at the Museum.

Mon 15 Apr - 22 Apr

Farmyard Flyer

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Who can’t resist fluffy rabbits and cute chicks at this time of year? Come along and meet our new friends as we bring the farm to the museum.

Fri 19 Apr - 22 Apr

Exhibition: Wedding Belles

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A beautiful exhibition showcasing wedding dresses throughout history , from Victorian gowns to contemporary bridal dresses.

Tue 12 Mar - 06 May

Exhibition: Chocolate

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Unwrap the history of one of life's oldest guilty pleasures... Chocolate!

Tue 14 May - 07 Jul

Exhibition: Stockton Globe Encore: The Past, The People, The Place

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Explore the story of the Globe and its restoration in this fascinating exhibition.

Mon 22 Jul - 06 Oct

International Dawn Chorus Day

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join the Rangers for an early morning bird watch around the park, then back to base for tea and toast.

Sun 05 May

Exhibition: Light Installation by Namita Vijayakumar

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Experience an immersive world of light and colour! Explore and make your own discoveries in this light installation by Tees Valley artist, Namita Vijayakumar.

Tue 21 May - 27 May

Enchanted Doors

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Give your fairies, pixies and gnomes a home this spring by decorating your own enchanted wooden doorway.

Mon 08 Apr

Enchanted Doors

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Give your fairies, pixies and gnomes a home this spring by decorating your own enchanted wooden doorway.

Wed 10 Apr

Magical Creatures Week

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover a week full of imagination- fairy doors, magical crafts and Zog inspired story time.

Mon 08 Apr - 14 Apr

Wedding Belles Talk, Tour & Tea

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Discover more about bridal fashion and customs through the ages in a talk by the exhibition curator, followed by a tour of the exhibition. You will then enjoy cream tea and a glass of fizz.

Sat 06 Apr

The Archaeology of Teesside Talks

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Tees Archaeology for a new programme of talks about the changing heritage of the local area from Anglo Saxon to the Victorian times. The popular series of talks will take place from March to May.

Tue 12 Mar

The Archaeology of Teesside Talks

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Tees Archaeology for a new programme of talks about the changing heritage of the local area from Anglo Saxon to the Victorian times. The popular series of talks will take place from March to May.

Tue 02 Apr

The Archaeology of Teesside Talks

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Tees Archaeology for a new programme of talks about the changing heritage of the local area from Anglo Saxon to the Victorian times. The popular series of talks will take place from March to May.

Tue 07 May

Zog inspired Story Time

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A fun and interactive story telling session inspired by Julia Donaldson's Zog, full of stories, imagination and craft. Don't miss our 'how to be a dragon' school.

Tue 09 Apr

Zog inspired Story Time

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

A fun and interactive story telling session inspired by Julia Donaldson's Zog, full of stories, imagination and craft. Don't miss our 'how to be a dragon' school.

Fri 12 Apr

Beatrix Potter inspired Story Time

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us for our fun and interactive storytelling session inspired by the works of Beatrix Potter. Full of your favourite characters, crafts and an adventure around our Walled Kitchen Garden. Look out for the Gardener!

Tue 16 Apr

Movies at the Museum - Labyrinth

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Watch the classic 80's film Labyrinth on the big screen in our Music Room.

Thu 11 Apr

Movies at the Museum - Peter Rabbit

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Watch the family favourite, Peter Rabbit on the big screen in our Music Room.

Thu 18 Apr

Go Wild Week -May Half Term

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

From bushcraft to fire lighting and frog hunting, we have a host of activities to bring out your inner adventurer.

Mon 27 May - 02 Jun

Peace Party

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us as we re-create the celebrations held in Stockton in 1919 to mark the end of the First World War.

Sun 23 Jun

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