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 23 Oct

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 30 Nov - 01 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 07 Dec - 08 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 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

Christmas Bazaar

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Enjoy a day full of festivities at our traditional Christmas Bazaar.

Sun 08 Dec

Halloween Spooky Walk

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join us if you dare for a weird science Spooktacular with a twist!

Thu 31 Oct

ParkMade Christmas Fresh Wreath Making

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Using freshly collected foliage from the park, create a Christmas wreath to make your home look and smell delightful

Sat 23 Nov

ParkMade Christmas Fresh Wreath Making

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Using freshly collected foliage from the park, create a Christmas wreath to make your home look and smell delightful

Sun 24 Nov

ParkMade Christmas Fresh Wreath Making

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Using freshly collected foliage from the park, create a Christmas wreath to make your home look and smell delightful

Wed 04 Dec

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 24 Oct

Wheels on the Bus Story & Rhymetime

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Wed 30 Oct

Willow Reindeer Workshop

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make your own willow reindeer - perfect as a Christmas decoration or gift

Sat 16 Nov

Willow Reindeer Workshop

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make your own willow reindeer - perfect as a Christmas decoration or gift

Sun 17 Nov

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 10 Nov

Family Craft Workshop: Christmas Fused Glass Decorations

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Get the whole family together and make your own Christmas decoration and glass art which you can treasure for years to come.

Sat 23 Nov

ParkMade Blacksmithing Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Learn about this traditional craft from master Blacksmith Peat Oberon.

Sat 09 Nov

ParkMade Blacksmithing Experience

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Learn about this traditional craft from master Blacksmith Peat Oberon.

Sat 08 Feb

ParkMade 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 10 Nov

Making a Mess - Under-5s Club

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

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

Fri 27 Sep - 25 Oct

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 17 Nov

Meet the Owls

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Meet the owls from the North Yorkshire Moors Birds of Prey this autumn at Preston Park Museum.

Sat 26 Oct - 03 Nov

Campfire Cookery

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Wrap up warm and gather round our campfire as we make tasty apple crumble and winter stew with fresh produce from the Walled Garden.

Sat 02 Nov

Junior Park Rangers

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Our monthly Junior Park Rangers club is aimed at children aged 5-10. Activities will include orienteering, bushcraft, tree planting and learning how to be a wildlife detective.

Sun 17 Nov

Animal Story

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Come along to the museum and meet some amazing creatures with Animal Story. Including Hiss the Boa, Tank the Giant Tortoise and Fudge the Skunk.

Sun 27 Oct

Animal Story

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Come along to the museum and meet some amazing creatures with Animal Story. Including Hiss the Boa, Tank the Giant Tortoise and Fudge the Skunk.

Tue 29 Oct

Night Fall: By the Light of the Moon

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Get ready for a night which is out of this world! A family friendly exciting outdoor light-based event is coming to Preston Park...... By the Light of the Moon is a self-guided moon themed light installation trail of beautiful artworks complemented with music, performance, storytelling with hot chocolates in hand and the Museum of the Moon!

Thu 05 Dec - 06 Dec

Sweetie Science

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join our sweet toothed scientists as they experiment with making super sour sherbet and colour changing fizzy pop!

Sat 26 Oct

School of Silly Science

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Come and train with our team of whacky professors at the School of Silly Science

Sat 26 Oct

Pop-up Pumpkin Patch

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Select your pumpkin scattered around our ‘pop-up Pumpkin Patch’ and then paint a spooky design to create your own Halloween showstopper!

Sun 27 Oct - 28 Oct

Spooky Storytelling

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join the spooktacular TillyToo Tales for her Halloween Family storytelling at the museum.

Mon 28 Oct

Spooky Storytelling

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join the spooktacular TillyToo Tales for her Halloween Family storytelling at the museum.

Wed 30 Oct

Spooktacular Crafts

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make your own ghastly ghost hanging decoration ready for Halloween.

Tue 29 Oct

Spooktacular Crafts

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make your own ghastly ghost hanging decoration ready for Halloween.

Wed 30 Oct

Autumn Outdoor Explorers

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Celebrate autumn with our Rangers. Different activities taking place each day, including bushcraft skills, crafts and walks.

Fri 01 Nov

Bonfire Apples

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Decorate delicious toffee and chocolate apple slices with sticky sweet treats!

Sat 02 Nov

Talk: Captain James Cook: His Life & Voyages

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

250 years ago, James Cook was in the middle of his first great voyage exploring the Pacific Ocean. But how did the boy from Marton, Cleveland, become the leader of this epic voyage? And what led him to undertake two more 3 year long expeditions, which finally led to his death in Hawai'i in 1779?

Tue 19 Nov

Talk: Those Gigantic Statues: Cook, Easter Island & Katherine Routledge

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join Phil Philo in our Music Room for 'Those Gigantic Statues: Cook, Easter Island & Katherine Routledge'

Tue 03 Dec

Needle Felted Christmas Robin

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Join the talented Carol Lonsdale as she teaches you how to make your own needle felted robin.

Sat 30 Nov

Talk: Hidden Teesside by Christopher Young

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Christopher Young from Preston Park Museum talks about mysterious knights, strange tales and hidden treasure from Tees Valley.

Tue 05 Nov

To Boldly Go

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

Craft Workshop: Christmas Fused Glass Decorations

Preston Park Museum & Grounds

Make your own Christmas decoration and glass art which you can treasure for years to come or give as a gift.

Sat 09 Nov

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

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