Victorian Street

The Victorian Street is open to explore with your museum ticket. Unfortunately the toy shop, chemist and sweet shop will remain closed until it is safe to bring back our volunteers. You will however still be able to buy sweets from the main gift shop.

We have added more seats in the street, so why not take a moment to relax and enjoy your surroundings?

Toy Shop

Play with traditional toys in our toy shop on the Victorian Street. We also have a large selection of pocket money treats, Jelly Cat collection and wooden toys for sale.

An image of a little Girl playing with traditional toys

Sweet Shop

No visit to the Victorian Street is complete without a trip to the sweet shop. Discover old favourites including bonbons, pear drops and aniseed balls.

Young Boys Being Served Old Fashioned Sweets By Two Ladies In Victorian Costume, In The Sweet Shop

Police Station

Meet our resident bobbies and see what crime and punishment was like in Victorian times. You'll visit the cells, learn about prison food and see handcuffs, truncheons and other paraphernalia.

An image of the Victorian Policeman at Preston Park


Our master blacksmith Peat Oberon can often be found hard at work in the traditional Forge. When he is around, why not pop in and say hi.  

Blacksmith at work on the Victorian Street


Discover how loose tea would have been measured out ‘the old-fashioned way’. Fresh produce grown in the Walled Garden is sometimes available to purchase (seasonal).

Onions and lavender on display outside of the grocers


Our Victorian printers has a working 1839 Albion Printing Press and a Columbian Eagle Press . Why not have a go at printing your name using traditional wooden type?

An image of a costumed interpreter holding a newspaper in the printers on the Victorian Street


Play dress-up and try on hats, caps, bonnets, waistcoats and pinafores in the Drapers. Learn about the history of fashion and the perils of the Corset!

Group of people dressed in Victorian costume looking at patterned fabric in the drapers shop


Pay a trip to J.Walker Chemist for advice on all ailments and remedies. Even have a go at crushing and rolling your own tablets.

Costumed interpreter dressed in Victorian dress behind the counter in the Chemist shop on the Victorian Street

Charles Twist Photographey

You are invited to don costumes and pose in front of our old-fashioned backdrop for your very own Victorian portrait session. During holiday time only, sessions must be pre-booked.

A black and white photograph of a family posing for a photo wearing Victorian costumes