Preston Hall Museum is set in 100 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Tees. The museum has displays of art, armour and social history. Visitors can discover what life was like in the home since 1825 and stroll back in time along a typical local street of the 1890s where the museum’s resident traditional craftspeople can be found at work.
As well as the museum, Preston Park also has a range of permanent attractions including exotic bird life in the aviary and wildfowl pond and many riverside and woodland paths. You can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or boat on the river. There’s also a safe surface play area for children and a cafe.
After nearly three years and a £7million investment by Stockton Council, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, Preston Park Museum and Grounds has now re-opened its doors to the public.
The refurbished attraction will see the Hall become the centrepiece of the site, making the most of its original splendour. Themed galleries will take you on a fascinating tour exploring the history of the Grade II listed building, uncovering the ambitions and dreams of those who lived there as well as a taking you on a journey of discovery about our Borough and its people.
Behind the Scenes at the Museum
A exhibition giving an insight into the many hidden treasures within the Museum Service collections and a sneak peek at the everyday running of a popular visitor attraction.
Relax in the peaceful surroundings of our Parkland, with lots to discover. The Adventure Playground is the perfect place for children to let off steam, whilst parents may prefer a coffee in the cosy surroundings of our very own Café Tees.
Explore a haven for wildlife enthusiasts in Quarry Wood Nature Reserve, or kick back and relax on a cruise along the river aboard the Teesside Princess.
Both young and old can be introduced to a magical display of colour in Butterfly World, whilst those with a taste for the different can climb aboard our own miniature Steam Railway.
Please be aware that some Park based facilities may operate on a seasonal basis and incur a separate charge.