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Kirkleathham Museum and Gardens, Redcar

Kirkleathham Museum and Gardens, Redcar

Kirkleatham Museum & Gardens, Redcar

Kirkleatham Museum is the local history museum for the Borough of Redcar & Cleveland. It was opened on 5th October 1981, after the rationalisation of the Museums Service. The Service was originally based at the Chapel Beck Gallery, Guisborough and the Redcar Museum of Shipping and Fishing, now the Zetland Museum on the seafront in Redcar. Kirkleatham Museum became the Service's headquarters and in 1986 a new building, the Pavilion, was opened to provide an exhibition hall and office accommodation.

Entry to the museum is Free. 

For more information visit

Extensive Grounds and Gardens
Including children's play area and picnic area.

Events & Activities at Kirkleatham

There are always exciting things going on in the Museum. Here are some activities you can do with your family during your visit to Kirkleatham.

Family Activities - Saxon Princess - Discovery Market
Visit the New Saxon Princess exhibition for lots of hands on activities in the Saxon Discovery Market. Dress up as a Saxon princess or warrior, monk or nun, grind the flour, challenge your family to a Saxon game or discover Saxon tales in our story corner. You may also design your own Saxon treasure. Activities are free and all materials are provided. Sessions are drop in and children must be accompanied by an adult. For more information contact the Museum. Open Bank Holiday Monday. 

Explorer Eddie the Museum Teddy is waiting to meet you and would love to explore the museum with you. He has a backpack full to exciting activities for you to do with your family, as you venture round the museum and grounds.
With Explorer Eddie you can create your own work of art, change the colours of the exhibits, explore what materials they are made out of, become a Museum Detective and much more&.
Explorer Eddie and his backpacks can be borrowed from the Museum Shop with the placement of a returnable deposit, such as your car/house keys or credit card. You may then explore with Eddie for up to 2 hours&but dont forget to bring him back ready to meet the next Museum Explorer Family.
Explorer Eddie also lives in many other Museums around Redcar and Cleveland AND the whole of the North East Region so why not go and see what you can discover in other Museums too.

Memories of Childhood Traditional Games Boxes Parents and Grandparents introduce your children to your favourite childhood games with the Museum's Traditional Games Loans Boxes. Each box has a selection of traditional and garden toys and games for you to discover and play with in the Museums gardens and grounds. Games include quoits, skittles, skipping ropes, boolah (hoop & stick), kites, as well as giant versions of favourite boards games like draughts, Snakes and Ladders and noughts and crosses.

Games boxes may be borrowed from the Museum shop with the placement of a returnable deposit, such as your car/house keys or credit card. You may then play with the games anywhere in the Museum grounds for 2 hours.
Larger boxes are also available for group bookings and parties.

Treasure Hunts Special exhibitions have treasure hunts and quizzes to help you explore them. Here you will find the quiz sheets and Hunt instructions to print out ready for your visit.
Keep an eye out for 'Wacky Dinky Car Races' and Hornby Hunt How long is the train?' coming in the summer

Events and Activities

The SPIDER Centre provides family craft activities every Tuesday and Thursday of school holidays. Most activities are FREE with all materials provided. The sessions are drop-in, so as long as you are with a responsible adult, you can come and join in any time between 10 am and 12 noon or 1 pm and 4 pm.

Making a Mark

is an exciting free programme for children created by Tees Valley Museums working with the National Portrait Gallery. It aims to encourage children to be curious and creative and make their own mark inspired by our local heritage. More information about Making a Mark 

FREE Family Activities
School-age children can join the Making a Mark holiday passport scheme with Tees Valley Museums. Pick up a passport at any of the Tees Valley Museums and each time you join in one of the Making a Mark exhibitions, events or activities you will be awarded a stamp in your passport. Collect three stamps from any of the venues and you may claim a prize.
All Making a Mark events and activities are FREE.

Also the Museums Service hosts lots of special events throughout the year.

School groups and party visits
Guided tours and special facilities bookable in advance.

Opening times
Summer Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 17.00
Winter Tuesday - Sunday 10.00 - 16.00
Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays
Closed Good Friday

Sophellies at Kirkleatham offers a selection of meals in pleasant indoor or outdoor surroundings.


How to get to Kirkleatham Museum By Car From the A19 follow the brown tourist signs which will direct you onto the A174. Or you can take the A66 to Redcar and then follow the A1042 onto Kirkleatham Lane. There is a large car and coach park next to the Museum. Disabled parking Bays are provided in the car park nearest to he museums. Please phone us if have and special requirements. Tel: 479500. Public transport Buses from Middlesbrough, Eston, Redcar all go into Kirkleatham village.


Kirkleatham, Redcar, Cleveland, TS10 5NW

1.93 miles  
  01642 774774    


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