This is a lovey park that leads down to the riverbank. There is a play park for the kids, an aviary and a manor house. The house is actually really cool, not only have the rooms been turned into a museum, but it's courtyard has been turned into a period street with a blacksmiths, a toy shop, a sweet shop, etc. The park itself it big enough to take a long walk if you wish and is one of the stops for the river cruise boat - The Teesside Princess - that travels between Stockton and Yarm. It also has a butterfly house which is enjoyable to visit, but quite expensive.
On the boundary of Stockton we can see the Princess of Wales Bridge, often referred to as the Diana Bridge. Inaugurated on the 23rd September, 1992, it provides a road crossing between the Riverside Road, Stockton and the Teesdale area of Thornaby.
This impressive barrage/bridge was an expensive piece of engineering costing the UK tax payers around £50 million. It was finished in 1992 and it 70 meters long.
There is a pavillion on each end and before the completion of the barrage the river was tidal upstream to the small town of Yarm. Apparently the waters are cleaner too and the fish have returned.
A Victorian Mannor house that has been turned into a museum. The gardens have been maintained and are now parkland that is open to the public free of charge. In the grounds there is a childrens play park, a bird enclosure, and butterfly world ( for a charge). In the summer you can hire canoes and paddle down the river and orienteering is available on request.
The Museum itself charts some of stocktons history and generally has one or two despalys by local artists but its chief attractions are the armoury, and the recreation of the Victorian steet. As you make you way to the Street, you move back in time passing period rooms from the 1960s back to the 1800s and eventually step into a street from the end of victorian period. Shops here range from chemist to tin smith with most of the exibits donated from local businesses. Some of these are working shops using traditional methods, the printer is often on site as is the toy maker, both selling their wears.
The other big attraction is The Dice Players by Georges de La Tour a must see for art lovers
Jump on the Teesside Princess Cruiser, just behind the high street during summer. You can have a drink on board and cruise up the Tees amongst the Swans and salmon into historic Yarm.......a fantastic traditional English village, for old and young alike.
The river Tees flows through Stockton. the river is used for many activities. rowing and water sports take place on the water as well as boat trips and a floating nightclub.
The ARC is Stocktons cultural hub, this theatre is modern in design and concept. The shows vary and offer something for everyone. Visit the website for more info!
Between the Millenium Bridge and Victoria bridge we can see a replica of Captain Cook’s ship, the Endeavour.
I found this quite unique and the highlight of my trip to Stockton.
Stockton’s newest river crossing a footbridge linking the Castlegate Centre of the High Street to Teesdale is the Teesquay Millenium Bridge.
The Tees used to be a river that you wouldn't put your big toe in let alone go canoeing or white water rafting. Now there is a wide range of water sports taking place on the river.