We welcome all visitors to Tees Valley Museums and aim to do everything we can to make access easy for everybody.
Kirkleatham Museum is a local history museum in the village of Kirkleatham, 3 miles from the seaside town of Redcar. The Museum is housed in a 300 year old building within its own parkland.
The closest train station to the museum is Redcar Central. This is 3 miles or a 55 minute walk to the museum
There is a bus stop within the village where the Arriva North East services 81, 81A, stop – this is on the main road through Kirkleatham, and another on Kirkleatham Lane which is the main road at the top of the village where the 63 bus service stops. There is a small walk of approximately 5 minutes from both of these bus stops.
There are two carparks on site. The main car park is a short walk to the museum via a well maintained and fairly level pedestrian walkway. This has parking for coaches, cars and 4 accessible spaces. The smaller car park is closer to the building and also has 4 accessible spaces.
If there are no available accessible spaces in the smaller car park you are welcome to drop passengers off here then park in the main car park.
The main entrance to the museum is at the front of the building, opposite the Pavilion and has level access.
Entry is through a wide double door through to a push button automatic door just inside the porch.
Admission to the museum is free but there are charges for some of the touring exhibitions and events held at the site.
There is no fast track entrance system, but if you need assistance when queuing please ask a member of staff from within the museum.
The museum has three floors with lift access.
Please be aware that there is a patterned carpet on the stairways and wooden flooring throughout the exhibition spaces.
Seating is available throughout the museum, mostly within the exhibition spaces.
An accessible toilet is located on the ground floor of the museum. There is no emergency cord. This toilet is not RADAR key operated
There is a larger accessible toilet within the Pavilion, if you require this space please speak to a member of staff. This toilet does not have an emergency cord and is not RADAR key operated.
There is currently no Changing Place facility on site, the closest facilities are:
Please see Changing Places for further information about these facilities.
Baby changing facilities are located in the accessible toilet in the Pavilion – please ask a member of staff of you need access to this.
Alternatively, baby changing facilities are available in the male, female and disabled toilets located near the onsite café.
Guide dogs and hearing dogs are welcome.
There is a hearing loop available in the main reception of the Museum and in the Education room located in the Pavilion.
A wheelchair and walker are available to borrow during your visit. Please speak to a member of staff if you require the use of these.
Relaxed sessions are available for anybody who would benefit from a visit during a quieter time. Additional noises will be reduced, lighting levels more consistent and reduced additional smells. These take place every Sunday between 10am – 11am.
If you need a quiet space during your visit please speak to a member of staff who will try and find you somewhere.
If you find it difficult to visit during the relaxed sessions then we have identified the following times when the museum is usually quieter with fewer visitors between the hours of 10am – 11am and from 3pm to closing (4pm during Winter and 5pm during Summer hours).
This is not a dedicated relaxed session and we cannot guarantee the low level of visitors.
Guided tours are available on request, please contact the museum on 01642 479500 to speak to a member of staff to arrange.
There is a café, within the Pavilion, called Sophellies. This serves hot and cold meals, snacks, drinks and homemade cakes.
There are a number of picnic benches and a lawn area next to the play area and behind the museum.
Our visual stories let you see what our spaces are like and can be used to find out what will happen on a visit to us. You can download it here to use before your visit or can bring it with you on the day. Venues will also have a copy available on site.
Head of Steam Darlington Railway Museum