Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 350 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life 1820s Pockerley Old Hall and Landscape, 1900s Town, 1900s Pit Village, 1940s Farm, 1950s Town and 1950s Spain’s Field Farm. Visitors to the open air museum discover fascinating stories of everyday life in the North East through time.
Be immersed in this multi-award winning museum as you try delicious, freshly-made bread in the Edwardian Bakery, hop aboard a tram, have your hair done in a 1950s style and discover what life was like on the Home Front during the Second World War. Say hello to the pit ponies in their stables, admire unforgettable Georgian views and have your portrait taken in the Edwardian photographers' studio.
Set in 350 acres of gorgeous Durham countryside, there's something for everyone at Beamish Museum. Costumed folk are ready to share their stories, there's so much to discover.
The museum's year-long events programme ensures there's always something new to see and do, and the Beamish Unlimited Pass means you can come back free time and time again for a year, making memories at no extra cost!
For up to date information regarding admission costs and opening times, please visit Beamish Museum, Plan your Visit
|Ticket Type||Ticket Tariff|
|Adult All Year Unlimited Pass / Day T||£24.95 per ticket type|
|Child (5-16) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£15.45 per ticket type|
|Child under five Year Unlimited Pass / Day||Free|
|Family (1+2) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£42.50 per ticket type|
|Family (1+3) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£51.00 per ticket type|
|Family (2+1) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£54.50 per ticket type|
|Family (2+2) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£63.50 per ticket type|
|Family (2+3) All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£69.95 per ticket type|
|Senior (60+)/Student All Year Unlimited Pass / Day Ticket||£18.95 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).
Visitors no longer need timeslots to visit the museum, you will just need your Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership to come to see us, which can be bought online.
Last admission is one hour before closing time.
- VAQAS VB Attraction
- Visit England VAQAS 2021
- Regional and Miscellaneous North East England Tourism Awards - Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Award - Highly Commended 2020
- Visit England VisitEngland Award for Excellence Bronze 2016
- Regional and Miscellaneous TripAdvisor Travellers Choice Award 2020 2020
- Regional and Miscellaneous WTTC Safe Travels 2021
TripAdvisor Traveller Rating:
- Very Good1428
- Quartermain RTrip Type:Friends getawayUnimpressedWednesday, 6th December 2023We were really looking forward to visiting today but we were let down from the moment we went in. Very little Christmas decorations up, when we got our tickets from the professional woman chewing... Read full review
- saxyblueWhitby, United KingdomGreat day outThursday, 7th December 2023Great day out however very cold, saw an excellent band playing at the bandstand called the The cleveland concert band. Really enjoyed hearing them. Read full review
- emily bChristmas at beamish 7/12/23.Friday, 8th December 2023Attended Christmas evening at beamish with my child with additional needs as I remember how magical I thought it was when I was younger, there should of been an option to swap tickets for another day... Read full review
- Access Statement - Please see below
- Guide Dogs Permitted - For information about dogs at Beamish Museum, visit https://www.beamish.org.uk/plan-your-visit/dogs/
- Parking Areas for Disabled Visitors
- Toilets for Disabled Visitors
- On-Site café/restaurant
Parking & Transport
- Coach Parking Onsite
- On site parking - Free parking.
- Parking (free)
- Booking essential - Visitors will need to pre-book for 10am, 11am and 12pm timeslots to help us manage the flow of visitors through our Entrance building during our busiest times, but if you are visiting from 1pm onwards, you can just turn up and won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time).
- Free GTO Inspection Visits
- Min group size - Beamish Museum offers discounted day admission for pre-booked groups of 15 or more
- Special group rates - Beamish Museum offers discounted day admission for pre-booked groups of 15 or more
- Dogs Accepted - Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the museum and entry is free for dogs! If you’re a dog owner visiting Beamish with your four-legged friend: Please keep your dog on a lead and accompany them at all times. Dogs are welcome around our open-air museum’s large grounds. Dogs are usually allowed on transport (lower deck, not on seats, at conductor’s discretion) and in the following buildings and areas (however, there may need to be exceptions during particularly busy times): 1820s Waggonway and Great Shed, The 1900s Colliery Yard, including engine shed and lamp cabin (excluding drift mine), Rowley Station, The Sun Inn pub, Entrance Building. Only assistance dogs are allowed into all other buildings, exhibits and catering areas. Visit our Accessibility page to find out more about access at Beamish Museum. Please don’t leave your dog unattended at any time. We’d also advise against leaving your dog in your car for even a short period of time. Water bowls for dogs are provided around the museum – please let our staff or volunteers know if a refill is needed. Please pick up after your dog. Dog waste bags are available from our Entrance Building, if needed. Dogs aren’t allowed at evening events, e.g. Christmas Evenings, Halloween Evenings. Please note, other animals are not permitted. For more information, visit https://www.beamish.org.uk/plan-your-visit/dogs/
- Outdoor Attraction
- Family Fun
Travel & Trade
- Group discounts available
- Min group size numeric qualifier - Beamish Museum offers discounted day admission for pre-booked groups of 15 or more
|2023 (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)|
|2024 (1 Jan 2024 - 31 Dec 2024)|
* 25th November to 24th December - open daily 10am - 4pm
25th & 26th December - Closed
27th December to 7th January '24 - open daily 10am - 4pm
8th January to 16th February 2024: Open weekends (closed Monday-Friday), 10am-4pm
17th to 25th February 2024: Open daily, 10am - 4pm
26th February – 28th March 2024: Open Wednesday to Sunday (closed Mondays & Tuesdays), 10am-4pm
Summer opening to follow shortly.
Map & Directions
Beamish Museum is eight miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and 12 miles from Furham, and is signposted on the A1(M) J63, A68 and A693.
Postcode for Sat Nav users is DH9 0RG.
Public Transport Directions
Nearest railway stations are Durham, Chester-le-Street and Newcastle.
Service 28 offers regular buses from Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street. Buses run hourly seven days a week. Connections with other bus, train or metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.
Service 29 operates an hourly service between Newcastle, Gateshead, Kibblesworth, Ouston, Beamish, Grange Villa, Pelton Fell and Chester-le-Street, on Monday to Saturday daytimes.
Service 8 runs between Stanley and Sunderland every 30 minutes, Monday to Saturday. Please note, evening and Sunday journeys will operate between Chester-le-Street and Stanley only.
Some journeys may be cancelled at short notice. Go North East aims to provide as much notice as possible with a dedicated page on their website which is updated around 6pm each evening ready for the following day. These updates can be found here https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/service-updates.