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Preston Park Museum and Grounds

Ambitious Council plans have been unveiled which will see Preston Park Museum transformed into a modern, innovative and inspiring visitor experience with improved facilities throughout the park.

The series of improvements will include:

  • a bold and modern extension to the existing museum, creating a large, flexible exhibition space and visible collection stores
  • park café and toilet refurbishments with the addition of a Changing Places toilet
  • retaining and repurposing the aviary structure
  • car parking extension and upgrades to the main entrance
  • overall improvements to landscaping, paths, lighting and signage
  • showcasing the important story of the Stockton and Darlington Railway close to the original 1825 track-bed

The transformation of Preston Park Museum and Grounds is being funded after the Council secured £20million for improvements to Yarm and Eaglescliffe from the Levelling Up Fund as part of the Stockton South Constituency.

Construction work is underway on the new building and is set to be complete in 2025. Works to the southern car park that will create around 100 additional spaces have also begun.

A planning application for the improved cafe and toilets was submitted in April 2024.

Find out more on the Preston Park Museum and Grounds website