Beamish Museum


Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish and discover what life was like in North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.

Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of County Durham countryside. Costumed demonstrators bring to life the Edwardian Town and Pit Village, complete with original drift mine. At Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall, experience firsthand how the Industrial revolution transformed agricultural life in the region.

A delicious taste of the past is on offer from our latest exhibit, the Bakery, which is getting ready to open its doors. Joseph Herron, Baker and Confectioner, will be officially launched on 12th September in our Edwardian Town.

The buildings you see at Beamish are not replicas, but have been reconstructed brick-by-brick to give visitors a real sense of history. You'll find a vast collection of objects, photographs and ephemera at the Regional Resource Centre, which can be accessed by appointment.

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!

Tickets to Beamish are valid for 12 months from your first visit, so you can pay just once and come back for a whole year FREE!

Beamish is undergoing an exciting project: Remaking Beamish. This includes the addition of Joe the Quilter's cottage which was opened in July 2018. The cottage is a recreation of the “lost” home of renowned Georgian quilter Joseph Hedley, who was murdered in 1826, in an appalling crime that shocked the nation. The cottage features stones from Joe’s original home, including flagstones where he stood 200 years ago. The remains of Joe’s cottage in Warden, near Hexham, Northumberland, were uncovered during an archaeological dig by Beamish staff and community members.

The Remaking Beamish project is the biggest development in the museum’s 48-year history and also includes a 1950s Town, 1950s Farm and Georgian coaching inn, where visitors can stay overnight. Thanks to the money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project has been awarded £10.9million by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF). 

First building in a 1950s Town at Beamish is now open! 

The 1950s is being brought to life in a 1950s Town at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North. The 1950s welfare hall exhibit is a replica of Leasingthorne Colliery Welfare Hall and Community Centre, near Bishop Auckland, which opened in 1957. Beamish worked closely with the community members at the original hall – now known as Coundon and Leeholme Community Centre – who shared memories, stories and objects.

The hall will host 1950s activities for visitors to enjoy, including music, dancing, crafts, keep fit and amateur dramatics, and it also features an NHS clinic.

How to get to Beamish Museum on public transport

The best way to get to Beamish Mueum by public transport is on Go North East Bus number 28 - The Waggonway - from Newcastle's intu Eldon Square Bus Station via Gateshead Interchange. The journey takes around 50 minutes and there is a bus stop at the Beamish entrance.

Passengers can get 25% discount on Beamish 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. Find out more here.


Guide Prices

Ticket TypeTicket Tariff
Adult£17.50 per ticket type
Child 5 - 16£10.00 per ticket type
Family (1 adult & 2 children)£32.00 per ticket type
Family (2 adult & 1 Child)£13.00 per ticket type
Family (2 adults & 2 children)£46.00 per ticket type
Senior£13.00 per ticket type
Student£14.00 per ticket type

Pay once and visit for a whole year FREE of charge.

Map & Directions


  • Visit EnglandVisit England Award for Excellence Visit England Award for Excellence 2012
  • 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 2014

Opening Times

4 Nov - 27th Mar 2020 (4 Nov 2019 - 27 Mar 2020)
28 Mar - 1st Nov 2020 (28 Mar 2020 - 1 Nov 2020)

* Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Monday & Fridays from 8th Jan to 15th Feb.

Last admission 3pm.

Dates and times marked with a '*' are provisional and may be subject to change