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Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

From £11.00
The Living Museum of the North
County Durham

Tel: +44 0191 370 4000

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult All Year Unlimited Pass£19.00 per ticket type
Child All Year Unlimited Pass£11.00 per ticket type
Family (1+2) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket£35.50 per ticket type
Family (2+1) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket£43.50 per ticket type
Family (2+2) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket£49.50 per ticket type
Senior Citizens / Students all year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket£14.00 per ticket type

With the Beamish Unlimited Pass, you pay just once and visit for a whole year FREE of charge (including all daytime events).

Special evening events, such as Halloween and Christmas Evenings are ticket only (separate charge applies) and must be booked in advance. Book online at


  • Visit EnglandVAQAS VAQAS 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousNorth East England Tourism Awards - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award – Gold North East England Tourism Awards - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award – Gold 2016
  • Regional and MiscellaneousTripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016
  • Visit EnglandVisit England Award for Excellence Bronze Visit England Award for Excellence Bronze 2016


  • Certificate of Excellence 2016

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Recent Reviews:

  • Lynn G
    Trip Type:
    Thoroughly enjoyable day out for all the family
    5 of 5 stars
    Monday, 20th February 2017
    We arrived as the museum opened, we left as it closed; and we had a fabulous day in between! There is a bit of everything here, whether your interest is mining, farming, transport or just general... Read full review
  • Miss_DMMM
    Washington, United Kingdom
    Trip Type:
    Friends getaway
    Always love visiting
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    I never get bored of visiting Beamish! It's much more than a museum, it's getting the chance to experience everything the way it once was. Read full review
  • Sanandceddy
    Trip Type:
    Lovely place to visit
    5 of 5 stars
    Sunday, 19th February 2017
    We had a really enjoyable day here walking round in the sunshine The museum is varied and interesting set over a large area which can be walked or reached by the free buses and trams. It was not... Read full review



  • Access Statement - Please see below

Parking & Transport

  • On site parking - Free parking.

Provider Facilities

  • Dogs Accepted - Dogs are welcome at Beamish but must be kept on a lead at all times (not allowed into any of the buildings).

Access Information

Opening Times

18 Feb-5 Apr (18 Feb 2017 - 5 Apr 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 16:00
2017 High Season (6 Apr 2017 - 29 Oct 2017)
Monday - Sunday10:00 - 17:00
Bank Holiday10:00 - 17:00
Oct 2017-Mar 2018 (30 Oct 2017 - 23 Mar 2018)
Tuesday - Thursday - 16:00
Saturday - Sunday - 16:00

* Last admission is always 3pm. Allow at least four hours for a summer visit and three hours for a winter visit.
Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years’ Day.

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Nearest major road is A1(M). Signposted from the A1(M) jct 63. Travel along A693 for 4 miles towards Stanley picking up signs for Beamish Museum. Postcode for Sat Nav users is DH9 0RG.

Public Transport Directions

Nearest railway stations are Durham, Chester-le-Street and Newcastle.

Waggonway service 28/28A offers regular buses from Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street. Buses run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly in the evening and on Sundays. Connections with other bus, train or metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.

Service 128 provides a direct link with Durham City Centre. Buses run hourly on Saturdays throughout the summer season from 5 April to 2 November 2014. The 128 offers convenient connections with trains at Durham railway station and with other bus services at Durham bus station.

Lime service 8 runs every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday from Sunderland Interchange, via Washington, Chester-le-Street and Stanley.

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Monday, 23rd October 2017 - Tuesday, 31st October 2017

Halloween Evenings at Beamish Museum Beware of monsters, ghouls and wicked witches as Beamish becomes the Un-living Museum of the North. Wear your creepiest costume and join us, if you dare, for lots of tricks – and treats! 29th - 31st October
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Thursday, 6th April 2017 - Sunday, 9th April 2017

Beamish Museum - Great North Steam Fair As part of our Great North Festival of Transport, join us for our annual (and famous) steam fair – The Great North Steam Fair! An amazing line-up of visiting vehicles and Beamish transport, in action and on view – from motorcycles to steam lorries – and everything in between!
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Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - Sunday, 2nd April 2017

Beamish Museum - Old King Coal A five-day celebration of the rich mining heritage of North East England. Join in the banner parades and enjoy performances by local brass bands.
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Saturday, 15th April 2017 - Monday, 17th April 2017

Beamish Museum - Easter Fun at BeamishJoin us for some Easter fun this Spring, we’ll have loads of egg-citing activities across the museum including baking, crafts and games. Explore the museum to find out how Easter was celebrated in the 1800s, 1900s and 1940s and sample some amazing baking along the way!
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Friday, 10th March 2017 - Friday, 10th March 2017

Beamish Museum - Traditional Sweet and Treat MakingOur experienced Period Catering team will teach you everything you need to know to make a selection of delicious ‘Sweets and Treats’ examples include cinder toffee, coconut delights, Scottish tablet, rum truffles or sweetmeats. If you can resist eating them as soon as they are made, you can take...
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Saturday, 22nd April 2017 - Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Beamish Museum - Horses at WorkSee magnificent horses at work around the museum, ponies, carriage horses, heavy horses and a magnificent cavalry display.
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Sunday, 30th April 2017 - Monday, 1st May 2017

Beamish Museum - May Day CelebrationsJoin Beamish in The Pit Village on the 30th April and 1st May for a host of May Day activities! The May Day King and Queen will be crowned as we celebrate this special event with parades, music, Maypole dancing and headdress making.
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Saturday, 13th May 2017 - Sunday, 14th May 2017

Beamish Museum - Meccano ExhibitionThe North East Meccano Society will once again hold their annual exhibition at Beamish with construction sets dating from the early 1900s up to the present day.
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Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Sunday, 21st May 2017

Beamish Museum - Empire and Flag WeekendJoin us to celebrate Empire and Flag Weekend during this Spring weekend.
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Saturday, 20th May 2017 - Sunday, 21st May 2017

Beamish Museum - Georgian FairExperience a fair like no other as The Squire of Pockerley sets about hiring his staff for the coming months!…
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Saturday, 10th June 2017 - Sunday, 11th June 2017

Beamish Museum - Morris Car RallyOn the 10th and 11th June the roads and streets at Beamish will come alive with the sights and sounds of stunning classic vehicles from the Morris Car Club.
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Sunday, 11th June 2017 - Sunday, 11th June 2017

Beamish Museum - Sunday School AnniversaryEnjoy a picnic in The Pit Village as we celebrate the Sunday School anniversary. This would have been a big event for the community, when children wearing their finery would have taken part in a service before gathering for a picnic and treat.
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Sunday, 18th June 2017 - Sunday, 18th June 2017

Beamish Museum - Beamish Reliability RunThis 150 mile event is for vintage cars, motorcycles and commercial vehicles registered before 1956. Beginning and finishing at Beamish, the run will follow a 150 mile route around County Durham and North Yorkshire.
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Sunday, 18th June 2017 - Sunday, 18th June 2017

Beamish Museum - Brass at BeamishBeamish is lucky to have some amazing brass band performances across the year which are hugely popular with visitors, from summer concerts in the Town Bandstand to Christmas Carols in the Carriage House as well as rehearsals and performances in newly re-built Hetton Band Hall.
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Saturday, 24th June 2017 - Sunday, 25th June 2017

Beamish Museum - North East Police History SocietyWe are very lucky that once again the North East Police History Society will be putting on a display of items and exhibits at Beamish.
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Saturday, 8th July 2017 - Sunday, 9th July 2017

Beamish Museum - Quoits WeekendBetween twenty and fifty competitors from The Quoits Association will play in the traditional game in The Pit Village here at Beamish on Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th July.
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Saturday, 19th August 2017 - Sunday, 20th August 2017

Beamish Museum - 100 Years of The Durham County Federation of Women’s InstitutesJoin us to celebrate the centenary of The Durham County Federation of Women’s Institutes here at Beamish. Working with Women’s Institutes from across the County, we will be hosting an exciting day of celebration which will include a grand parade at 2.30pm!
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Sunday, 19th February 2017 - Sunday, 26th February 2017

Beamish - Ice SkatingOur real ice rink is the perfect festive experience for all the family! Whether you’re a novice skater or fancy yourself as an Edwardian expert, we would love to see your skills! 
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Friday, 17th March 2017 - Friday, 17th March 2017

Monday, 27th March 2017 - Monday, 27th March 2017

Beamish Museum - Traditional Baking: Twilight ExperienceJoin members of our knowledgeable Food Team for this evening of enjoyable baking where you will be guided through the recipes and given hints and tips, all in a relaxing period setting.  Included in your experience is a Beamish Bag (made from traditional hessian), to help you carry all your...
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Wednesday, 29th March 2017 - Sunday, 23rd April 2017

Beamish Museum - Great North Festival of TransportThis hugely popular festival gets bigger and better every year. A must for enthusiasts and fantastic family activities to get involved in! Old King Coal 29th March – 2nd April. Great North Steam Fair 6th – 9th April. Horses at Work - 22nd & 23rd April.
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Saturday, 18th February 2017 - Sunday, 26th February 2017

Beamish Museum - February Half Term: Washington Children's Strike CommemorationsBased on a real story in its centenary year, we’ll have lots of hands on activities for you to join in with and the chance to join the important march – if you’re successful in your striking, you may even be given some tasty soup to warm you up!
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Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Sunday, 5th March 2017

Beamish Museum - Power from the PastThe regular Power from the Past Weekends will focus on a variety of themes throughout the year, with this weekend focusing on all things trams!
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Saturday, 4th March 2017 - Saturday, 4th March 2017

Saturday, 6th May 2017 - Saturday, 6th May 2017

Saturday, 14th October 2017 - Saturday, 14th October 2017

Saturday, 4th November 2017 - Saturday, 4th November 2017

Beamish Museum - Proggy Mat WorkshopBe inspired by Beamish Museum’s collection of original and unique proggy mats! Make your own proggy mat and take it home, along with your own mat making kit.
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