Beamish Museum: The Living Museum of the North


Telephone: 0191 370 4000


We're 'Good to Go'

The measures we have put in place:

  • Additional health and hygiene measures across the museum.
  • Enhanced cleaning regimes have been introduced across the museum.
  • Glass screens have been installed where necessary.
  • Our staff and volunteers have received additional COVID-19 Secure training.
  • Contactless payment wherever possible

How you can help when visiting us:

  • All visitors, including Friends of Beamish members and Unlimited Pass holders, must pre-book a time slot ticket.
  • Please follow the signs and information around the museum.
  • Use handwashing facilities and hand sanitiser stations are located across the museum
  • In line with government rules, you will need to wear a face mask in the Entrance Building and shops (including Museum Shop, chemist and sweet shop).
  • Follow one-way system to ensure your safety.

Is Beamish Museum open?

From buses and the board school to the 1900s terrace and the tea rooms, Beamish, The Living Museum of the North is now open indoors and out!

The open air museum has opened its doors to as many of its period exhibits and buildings as possible – including the Edwardian dentist, Co-op, chemist, bank and band hall.

Beamish’s 1950s buses are now running once again and visitors can also enjoy table service in the Tea Rooms in The 1900s Town.

Davy’s fish and chip shop, Jubilee Confectioners sweet shop, Herron’s Bakery and The Sun Inn, which are currently open for takeaway treats, will continue to welcome visitors.

  • Timeslots tickets are available to book on Beamish’s website
  • All visitors must pre-book a timeslot as part of the museum’s COVID-19 Secure measures.

Find out more about visiting Beamish Museum on their website: Beamish.org.uk/FAQs


Experience living, breathing history at Beamish Museum, The Living Museum of the North and discover what life was like in North East England during Georgian, Victorian, Edwardian, war time and fifties Britain. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in a stunning 300-acres of County Durham countryside. Meet knowledgeable volunteers and staff who are decked out in exceptional, historical costume and who shine a light on the stories, facts and the goings on of everyday life at locations set throughout the expansive outdoor museum. Travel by tram or old-fashioned bus from the Edwardian Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine to at Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall. Experience first-hand how the Industrial revolution transformed agricultural life in the region, what life was like in a North East town and the trials and tribulations of a Victorian village school.

Visitors to the award-winning, family-friendly attraction will be fully immersed in the smells, sounds, experiences and even tastes of the past. With plenty of places to sample the delights of yesteryear, don't forget to stop off at the Jubilee Sweet Shop in the 1900s Town to pick from a treasure trove of confectionary and sweets. Tuck into fresh fish and chips at Davy's Fried Fish Shop in the Pit Village; enjoy an afternoon tea in the Victorian Town or cosy up in the Sun Inn pub.

The buildings you see and can wander through at Beamish Museum are not replicas but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history. Throughout the year Beamish hosts an exciting programme of events, from a Georgian Fair to the Great North Steam Fair and much more besides, including spooky Halloween events and a whole season of Christmas which is a magical and enchanting experience for visitors of all ages!

Step back into more recent past with a visit to the 1950's Town which is the latest addition to Beamish Museum. The 1950's is being brought to life in the welfare hall. Drop in and take part in a host of 1950's activities including board games, crafts, keep fit and amateur dramatics as well as getting hands on in the NHS clinic.

The new fifties experience is just one part of an exciting project: Remaking Beamish made possible by National Lottery players and Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). The Remaking Beamish project is the biggest development in the museums 50-year history. Visitors will begin to see new exhibits and experiences unfolding at the visitor attraction as plans for development include expansion in the 1950's Town with a semi-detached house, shops, cafe, cinema, police house and recreation area. Perhaps most exciting will be the creation of the Georgian Coaching Inn which will not only be a museum-quality exhibit but also somewhere that visitors will be able to stay overnight!

Beamish Museum celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020. They asked visitors to share their own memories of Beamish, from family days out to school trips as part of their Golden Jubilee celebrations.

Tickets to Beamish Museum are valid for 12 months from your first visit, so you can pay just once and come back for a whole year FREE making it the perfect visitor attraction for fun-packed family day out near Newcastle.

How to get to Beamish Museum on public transport.

The best way to get to Beamish Museum by public transport is on Go North East Bus number 28 - The Waggonway - from Newcastle's Eldon Square Bus Station viaGateshead Interchange. The journey takes around 50 minutes and there is a bus stop at the Beamish Museum entrance. Passengers can get 25% discount on Beamish Museum entry by showing a Waggonway bus ticket. A valid bus ticket for each passenger must be shown at the admission desk and it is not valid for family tickets. A return on the Waggonway costs 5.90.

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Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 17:00

Tuesday 10:00 - 17:00

Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00

Thursday 10:00 - 17:00

Friday 10:00 - 17:00

Saturday 10:00 - 17:00

Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

Telephone: 0191 370 4000



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