Beamish Museum

Take a step back in time at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, as this world-famous open air museum tells the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

Hop on board the Beamish Tramway, or catch a vintage bus, as you begin your time travelling journey through 350 acres of history. Meet costumed folk with tales to tell, and experience the amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of times gone by.

50s Fever

The first building to open in the 1950s town is the Welfare Hall, which opened its doors in June 2019. Experience the excitement and community spirit of the 1950's as the Welfare Hall plays host to 50s dances and games, and will explore the story of the birth of the NHS, among many other activities and events.

1900s Town

Take a stroll through the streets and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War. At Herron’s Bakery watch cakes and biscuits being made using traditional recipes, and enjoy the aroma as mouth-watering sweets are made in the factory at the Jubilee Sweet Shop. What treats will you choose to take home with you?

Step inside the Co-op Store and imagine what it would have been like shopping for your grocery, drapery and hardware needs. And at Ravensworth Terrace, see how residents lived and worked - brave the terrifying tales in the dentist’s surgery, pop into the music teacher’s house and see an Edwardian-style day at the office in the solicitors.

Do you know your pounds, shillings and pence? Step into the bank see the coins, safes and strongrooms.

And for a souvenir with a difference, take a step back in time and pose for your very own Edwardian portrait (in period costume of course!) at JR & D Edis Photographers.

Time travelling is thirsty work, so pop in for a pint or a snack at The Sun Inn, a real traditional pub that was moved to Beamish from Bishop Auckland.

1900s Pit Village

Experience life in The Pit Village, showing a colliery community at the time of peak coal production in the North East. Explore the terrace of miners’ cottages, where residents have their own stories to tell, visit the school room (but watch out for the teacher).

Find out what life was like for the pit ponies and don’t miss the chance to try some traditional fish and chips at Davy’s Fried Fish Shop – cooked on coal-fired ranges using beef dripping!

Visit the stunning St Helen’s Church, which was moved stone by stone to the museum, and discover the tragic tale behind Joe the Quilter’s heather-thatched cottage.

1940s Farm

Discover how life was on the Home Front during the Second World War. Look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard!

1900s Colliery

Once a thriving industry on which the region was built, see what life was like for the 165,246 men and boys that worked in Durham’s 304 mines at the peak of production in 1913.

1820s Pockerley

Hop on board a replica steam engine at the Pockerley Waggonway, and find out more about the birth of the railways. Take a walk through picture-perfect Georgian landscapes, and step inside Pockerley Old Hall, where the ‘old house’ dates back to at least the 1440s. Don’t miss the Georgian cooking and craft activities.

Visit the stunning St Helen’s Church, which was moved stone by stone to the museum, and discover the tragic tale behind Joe the Quilter’s heather-thatched cottage.

Rowley Station

All aboard at Rowley Station with its Edwardian signal box, waiting rooms and goods yard, plus a variety of waggons on display.

Events at Beamish

Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events throughout the year, including The Great North Festival of Transport, a Georgian Fair, The Great North Festival of Agriculture and much more, plus a whole season of Beamish at Christmas and a spooky Beamish Halloween!

Tickets to Beamish, The Living Museum of the North are valid for 12 months from the date of purchase for an unlimited number of daytime visits to the Museum and excludes evening events. 

For more information on Beamish, prices and opening times click here.

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