Fun Historical Outings in Teesside

Teesside has always had a great sense of Pride in our rich history. Here are some of our choices of Historical Outings.


Preston Park Museum and grounds

Situated on the rolling banks of the picturesque River Tees sits the magnificent building of Preston Hall. Originally built in 1825, the Hall and its grounds was passed down through generations, until it was bought by the Stockton Corporation and opened as public museum. Its replica Victorian street is the jewel in its crown and is a long-time favourite with visitors young and old.

Take a trip back in time to visit the famous sweet shop where you can taste the delights on offer, discovering old favourites such as bonbons, pear drops and aniseed balls.

The Victorian printers has a working 1839 printing press and a Columbian Eagle press where visitors can even have a go printing their name using traditional wooden type. Further along the street you can find the Blacksmith hard at work in the traditional forge. The street with its police station, grocers, violin makers, chemist and drapers are a feast for the senses and why not top it all off with a sumptuous homemade scone washed down with the finest Rounton roast coffee in Preston Halls finest Victorian Tea Room.

Also on offer are the magnificent grounds ready for you to explore. Take a stroll by the river, where you can catch a boat into the nearby town of Yarm or wander further upriver and circle back around, where you will find the Teesside Small Gauge Railway, chugging along with passengers onboard. Its walled Gardens are again a delight for the senses for those who love a bit of horticulture or just a pleasant stroll in beautiful surroundings. With so much to explore, Preston Park Museum and Grounds is one of Teesside’s finest visitor attractions.

Museum, Victorian Street & Gardens Admission:

All tickets are valid for unlimited visits for one year from date of issue. 25% discount will be offered for Stockton Borough Council residents (proof of address required)

Adult: £5

Children | Over 60’s | Students | Unwaged: £3

Under 3s: Free

Family: 1 adult + 3 Children: £10

Family: 2 adults + 3 children: £15

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Preston Park Museum Shops

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum – Stewarts Park Middlesbrough

Opened on the 250th Anniversary of Captain Cooks birth, the purpose-built centre is situated in the picturesque grounds of Stewarts park, Marton, Middlesbrough. This expansive, green, wooded area is home to a variety of wildlife from furry squirrels, who will happily come to eat any nuts and seeds on offer from visitors, to the wonderful birds who find solace on the calm waters of the lake. It is such a treasure to hold in Teesside’s crown.

The museum itself tells the historical events of one of the world’s greatest navigators and mariners. Visitors can enjoy exhibitions, activities and galleries and can partake in live events and activities on offer at selected times. After all that learning, what better way to relax than to sit in Cooks Café with a deluxe hot chocolate topped with cream and marshmallows and maybe even a spot of afternoon tea. Enjoy looking out of the floor to ceiling windows, out into the vast woodland where the wildlife willingly puts on a sensational display whilst you take pleasure in the warm cosy atmosphere inside.

The site is marked with a beautiful pink granite urn inscribed with the text “This granite urn was erected by H.W.F. Bolkow of Marton Hall A.D 1852 to mark the site of the cottage in which Captain James Cook the world circumnavigator was born Oct 27th 1728”.

Whether your looking for a quiet stroll around the beautiful park, an educational trip, a spot of lunch in splendid surroundings or have children to take delight in the huge play park. Stewarts Park and Captain Cook Museum has something on offer for everyone to enjoy.

Captain Cook Birthplace Museum has full disability access and is open at the following times:

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm.

Museum Admissions:

Adult: £4.70

Children & Over 60’s : £3.65

Under 3s: Free

Carers: Free

Cafe opening times are:

Sunday – Friday 10am – 3.30pm
Saturday 9.30am – 3.30pm

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Stewart's Park Lake with Trees

National Museum of the Royal Navy – Hartlepool Historic Quay

Perfect for all ages of the family, this recreation of an 18th century seaport is a sight to behold. Climb aboard the last of Lord Nelson’s Frigates and the last remaining Royal Navy ship to be built in India, which also holds the title of the oldest floating British warship, the spectacular HMS Trincomalee.

Walk through and experience the time of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. A feast for all of the senses, visitors can hear the firing of the cannon and musket at the fighting ships exhibit. Travel back in time and walk in the footsteps of old, through the recreated Georgian Quayside, to see how tradesmen like printers, tailors and instrument makers spent their days earning a living in times gone by. You can even experience leisure activities which would have been cherished at the time, by playing the traditional games on the street itself. There is so much to explore and appreciate for all the family with a brand-new adventure play ship for those with littler legs to enjoy.

The Georgian-themed coffee shop nestled in the quaint streets of the quayside offers a range of hot and cold drinks and light snacks with sweet treats to entice the taste buds. You can also attract those smaller sailors with the under the sea lunch box.

The external parts of the museum are fully accessible and there are several toilets on site which are accessible, including disabled facilities and baby changing. There is also free parking onsite with disabled parking available.

At time of writing this blog the NMRN have released this statement online regarding accessibility to other areas:

Due to technical issues we currently have no lift access onboard HMS Trincomalee. If you do require lift access and would like more information about how this will impact your visit drop us a call on 01429 860077 to speak to a member of the team.”

Please call ahead for more up to date information.

Museum opening times:

Open 10am to 5pm, Wednesday to Sunday,

NMRM Hartlepool, Jackson Dock, Maritime Ave, Hartlepool, TS24 0XZ

Ticket options: (online prices)

Adults: £11 (Online) £12 (On The Day)

Children (3 -15): £9 (Online) £10 (On The Day)

Senior (65+): £10 (Online) £11 (On The Day)

Family Ticket (1 adult + 3 children): £23 (Online) £25 (On The Day)

Family Ticket (2 adults + 3 children): £33 (Online) £37 (On The Day)

Under 3’s: Free

Carer: Free

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Ormesby Hall – Middlesbrough

This National Trust treasure is sat right on our doorstep to explore. Originally home to the Pennyman family for nearly 400 years, the Hall, garden and parkland presents a sanctuary in the heart of Middlesbrough, famed for its industrial routes. Surrounded by 240 acres of expansive park and farmland, which is accessible all year round to those who wish to explore, the classic Georgian mansion stands proud and superior in its setting.

The present house was built for Dorothy Pennyman in the 1740’s which included original parts of the house in the service wing. This 3 story Palladian block building is magnificent to behold, but the true beauty lies within its austere exterior. On display are the contrasting fine plaster and woodwork from the 18th century exhibiting the 1740’s Palladian décor with its more delicate example from the Neo-classical era with drawings commissioned by Sir James Pennyman.

Discover stories of old from the ‘wicked’ Sir James to Colonel Pennyman, who was a survivor of the Great War. Whilst sorting the attic National Trust volunteers made an awesome discovery; a box of letters from local women who had lost a loved one during WWI, sent to Mary Pennyman, who acted as the secretary of the King’s own Scottish Borders Widows and Orphans Fund. A project was completed by the University of Teesside to create a digital library of the letters which can now be viewed online.

Whilst visiting Ormesby Hall why not step into the life and walk in the shoes of a Victorian servant and explore the Kitchen and Laundry first hand. For those with interest in model railways, in one of the wings of the hall, you can observe 3 active layouts. These models illustrate Corfe Castle, Dorset, in the 1920’s, Pilmoor Junction, on the East Coast Main Line between York and Thirsk, in the 1930’s, and a Thomas the Tank Engine layout built as part of the National Trust Year of the Child Celebration. The exhibition has been running for 20 years at the hall and attracts enthusiasts from far and wide.

For those more able who love a scenic walk, there is the amazing surroundings to discover. Take a stroll whatever the season, through the changing scenes of the woodlands, crop fields, running streams and open fields. Behold the wildlife thriving in natures hands and the farmers livestock grazing the fields from Spring lambs leaping in delight or the slender horses gracefully pacing the fields. Let a little bit of nature soothe the soul as you enjoy the different delights on offer.

Opening times vary please call 01642 328904, email [email protected]


Adult: £6.50

Child: £3.25

Family: £16.25

1 Adult & 1 Child: £9.75

Opening Times:
Open Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday

House: 10:30 – 16:00
Garden: 10:30 – 17:00
Cafe: 10:30 – 16:00

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Kirkleatham Museum – Redcar

The stunning Georgian Mansion is the local heritage museum for the Borough of Redcar and Cleveland is home to a variety of permanent galleries and temporary exhibitions. Displaying a treasure trove of artefacts displayed in the wonderful 1709 Queen Anne building which originated as a Free School for Boys. Built by Cholmley Turner, the great-nephew of Sir William Turner, who funded the project, wanted to create the Free School for Boys as an act of philanthropy. Laid out in 3 bays; the school comprised of the central bay, which hosted the school, with 2 wings providing accommodation, one of which was reserved for the schoolmaster.

Exhibitions and displays cover a variety of subjects like local industrial heritage, maritime and social history. It hosts a vast display of Anglo-Saxon objects dating back to the 7th Century, including its most celebrated exhibit, the Saxon Princess. The grave of the unknown Saxon Princess was uncovered during an archaeological dig at the Street House Anglo-Saxon cemetery in Loftus on a site amongst over 100 separate burials. Buried under an earthen mound on a wooden bed, the grave also contained items such as glass beads, a gold pendant, belt buckles and other artifacts. The exhibition recreates a Saxon village, showcasing how people lived.

Kirkleatham Hall hosts an annual programme of thrilling showcases of family events, arts performances and activities throughout the seasons.   In the grounds a small woodland trail has been created making it accessible to all, meaning all visitors can enjoy the beautiful grounds and experience the excitement and adventure it has to offer.

Kirkleatham Museum is just off the A174 Parkway. There is a large, free car park beside the museum. Buses 81, 81A, 707, and 63 service Kirkleatham village.

Opening times;

The museum will be open Tuesday to Sunday 10am – 4:30pm. Please note that last entry is 4:00pm.

Admission to Kirkleatham Museum is free. Occasionally there are charges for some of the touring exhibitions and events held at the site.

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