Beamish Museum
Beamish Museum
4.5
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
Experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes as the past comes to life. Beamish is unique - our objects aren't locked away in glass cases, this is hands-on history! Step into the past and explore our 350 acre site, as Beamish tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Taste traditional food from a coal-fired range, hop on board a tram or steam train, play schoolyard games together and pop into the Co-op shops. Come back time and time again with your Beamish Unlimited Pass, which allows 12 months free entry to the museum from your visit - including all day time special events!
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  • Kim h
    4 contributions
    Great day out
    Came for a day trip and had a fantastic day out; my partner and I were big kids in the sweet shop and loaded our pockets with quite a bit of sugar! We ambled around the entire site and enjoyed taking in the atmosphere and chatting to people. We found our car dead at the end of the day and the Beamish team went above and beyond to help out; even went to get jump leads. Sadly it was a recovery job with the AA but thanks regardless to the Beamish team!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 February 2023
  • Decklin D
    1 contribution
    Fantastically brilliant
    Visited Beamish on the 1st of March. What a wonderful visit, learned so much thanks to the amazingly friendly and knowledgeable workers. Every day really is a school day! Had a good laugh with the man working in the Clarks office near the mine, Dave (I think his name was) and his assistant in the mechanics shop in the town gave me some brilliant facts, and the lady working in the masonic hall was an absolute gem and gave me great insight to the Freemasons I never knew. All in all a great visit!!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 1 March 2023
  • Jayjay9131
    Nelson-Tasman Region, New Zealand25 contributions
    Great fun
    Make time to visit this living museum, its great fun hoping on and off trams and busses that go around the big site, its actually very easy and enjoyable to walk around. The fish and chip shop in the miners village is fab, although there can be a wait for your food.. but well organised and hot and tasty in the end. The Victorian village is interesting, as are the Georgian farm house and the attached medieval peel house. Lots to see, The tickets are a little expensive, although they do all ow you entry with no further charge for a year .
    Visited February 2023
    Written 7 March 2023
  • KatieWesley
    Leeds, United Kingdom21 contributions
    Not easy for people with mobility problems, but worth the effort. Not dog friendly though!
    The museum was superb, lots to see and very educational. However, as a disabled person with a dog I found it impossible to eat anywhere, as it had rained the day before outdoor seating was all wet and damp. No dogs allowed indoors anywhere except the pub which only offered pickled eggs or crisps. If dogs are allowed provision should be made. Disabled access on the trams and buses was difficult as the steps were so high, it would be easy to carry a small step to assist people like me. I think mobility scooters should be available to borrow (perhaps for a small fee) as it’s a very hard slog for someone to push a wheelchair. Access for all should be just that. I would visit again as it is very interesting but I think improvements could be made. There were lots of water bowls for dogs but there is no point taking a dog if they can’t go in anywhere. There were quite a few school parties, perhaps another bus or tram could be available when lots of children are booked in as we had to wait in the cold about 20mins for transport due to the bus being full.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 15 March 2023
  • Travellinglily
    England, United Kingdom696 contributions
    Great that’s it’s not dog friendly
    Lots of people moaning about not being dog friendly. Good. Some of us don’t want dogs everywhere. It’s a museum. It’s amazing. The bakery is fab when it has items out- smells fabulous. Would love to return and get the photos taken in the new photographers.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 April 2023
  • Andy
    Driffield, United Kingdom106 contributions
    Good but parking is dreadful
    Great day out, only managed to see half to 3/4 of it so will return with the unlimited membership. Points to note, we went when it was the steam rally and was extremely busy, to the point we were pretty much the last ones to park and even then it was on the verge next to the trees. Management seemed invisible and could have shown where to park which would have created more spaces for others.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Gillian F
    Edinburgh, United Kingdom177 contributions
    A trip back in time
    A lovely spring day to explore Beamish. We spent 5 hours here and about 5k to walk around. There is also a tram & bus which circles the site. Lots of different eras to see & staff in traditional dress to answer questions. Would have been nice to have more information boards, audio visual presentations and things for children to interact with, ie touch & press. Enjoyed lunch in the tea room, bakery & ice cream. Kids queuing up for sweet shop. Liked the town & railway areas. Needs to be a nice day as most is outside
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • CharleyDMJT
    Bedfordshire, United Kingdom7 contributions
    History coming to life!
    It really is history coming to life! I love the trams and old buses that drive you around to each historic area. There is lots to see. We really enjoyed our visit, you only pay once for the whole year. But as we live so far away (4 hours) we probably won’t be back within the year, so a cheaper entrance fee would have been more beneficial for us. We were still happy to pay though and for what you see it’s more than worth it. My little boy especially enjoyed the little fair. He also enjoyed the old school and class room. There is a cafe and gift shop as well.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 April 2023
  • Kurt M
    Durham, United Kingdom130 contributions
    Great day out, pity about the vehicle emissions
    Our last visit was in 2019,and it's amazing to see how much has been added since. Unfortunately, the steam railway was not in operation (surprising, given it was the Easter weekend). Perhaps the drivers of the beautifully restored buses could be persuaded to turn off the engine when waiting for passengers (particularly in the Old Town), as the fumes are quite nauseating.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2023
  • acs1984
    Cockermouth, United Kingdom1,649 contributions
    Good but really busy
    There is plenty free parking at Beamish which is good as we'd travelled quite a number of hours to visit. We had booked a timeslot online in advance however you still have to stand in a massive queue to get in so i'm not sure what is the point in that. We were given a kids teddy trail to complete at the entrance. It wasn't really explained what we were supposed to do with it but we worked it out. Our daughter enjoyed looking for the teddys and clues. There are loads of different sections to Beamish - 1900s, 1950s, mining village, 1940s farm etc. We had known about some exhibit closures in advance as we'd seen it online however there was a bit more shut than was advertised which was disappointing. We stupidly went in the school holidays and it was heaving! Queues to get in nearly every building, the queue for the sweet shop in the 1900s town was ridiculous. I enjoyed seeing the new 1950's area taking shape and can't wait to visit when its finished. We also enjoyed riding on the trams. There is a small funfair near the 1900s town but this is to be paid for extra on top of your admission which I find odd - perhaps its run by a concession rather than the museum themselves. We had lunch in the cafe in the 1900s town. Whilst there wasn't a lot of choice, the prices were cheap and the food was excellent. Any staff encountered were friendly, knowledgeable and helpful. We really enjoyed our visit to Beamish and will return again within the next 12 month as our tickets are valid for a year. Only this time it won't be in the school holidays! Make sure you arrive at opening time as there is so much to see and do, you might not get it all seen otherwise.
    Visited August 2022
    Written 7 April 2023
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Karen C
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
A lovely day spent here. Am disabled & had a problem with wheelchair; asked staff member for help & two guys came with Allen key to my rescue.
Staff in Bank gave informative talk with photos.
Written 25 February 2024
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Compass25609755597
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
The museum in itself is great, a lovely space with areas still being developed but really well done for a glimpse of the past. The only issue we had was in taking the dogs (even though there were plenty there). There are loads of water bowls provided and dogs can use the transport and walk in the grounds but besides this there is very little you can access with the dogs with you. If you go as a family it means still paying for a family ticket but one person missing out and waiting outside anything of interest with the dogs. If you live locally and can take advantage of the year long ticket this may still be ok for you, but if visiting as a one off, I'd recommend either not bringing dogs or finding somewhere else that you can all enjoy together. It was a very expensive dog walk and sit on a bench!
Written 24 February 2024
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Emma B
Chesterfield, UK3 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Wow , amazing place , took my very inquisitive 7 year old , every single member of staff had extensive knowledge of the time periods and the mines and couldn’t be more friendly, happy to answer questions and give demonstrations, we did have to make a return trip the day after just because it had so much to see and do we ran out of time on day 1 but the pay once and get free entry for a year was beneficial or I would have happily paid again . So much for all ages and loads of benches to rest your legs or catch the free old buses and trams that are very regular and take you to each separate village , loads of toilets and even better dogs are allowed ( not in the actual houses and museums though ) but so many walking about enjoying the day , highly recommend the iced fingers in the bakery and the Turkish delight ice cream , the only downside ( which was very superficial) was queues to the fish and chip shop and also the confectionery shop but was worth the wait . All round one of the best places for a day out in the uk
Written 23 February 2024
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Linda Petch & Tug
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
We visited today (22nd February) as we saw the article in the Northern Echo. It stated music all this week especially the 1940's era would be played around the museum.
We were very disappointed as we arrived at 11.30 and left at 15.45 and didn't see or hear any music at all.
We re-act ourselves and always make sure if events are advised they always take place.
We have been before and as always impressed at all the developments that are taking place.
Sorry, but on this occasion we left disappointed.
Linda Petch
Written 22 February 2024
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Rob H
Mansfield44 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
My wife loves history so with it being her birthday in January what a better place to take her is Beamish. With me using a stroller i knew id be unable to get round, so it was a blessing that they hire electric scooters out. I couldn’t get round everywhere or go on the trams but with daughter and son-in-law and 3 year old grandson with us, the wife could go everywhere and i had the freedom to catch up at the next tram stop. Beamish is a place of interest if your 5 years old or 85 years old. Well worthy of the ticket admission as once you’ve paid you can return as many times as you like in the year
Written 20 February 2024
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fraser l
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Family
An absolutely amazing place, you will need more than one visit to cover it all. The level of detail and authenticity is out of this world and such friendly and knowledgeable staff and volunteers. If you are visiting the North East then Beamish needs to be number one on your to do list
Written 11 February 2024
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Hjbcrp
17 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
One of our favourite places to visit. We recommend doing it over two days as there is so much to see and you can see it all. The new 1950's area is great. We visited a few of the eating places, including the 1900's chippy and the 1950's cafe
Great for adults and children alike and very accessible.
Wheelchair accessible bus is available for those that cannot get on the trams or regular buses.
Written 11 February 2024
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526gs526
Dunfermline, UK169 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Had a great day out at Beamish. There is so much to do that we only got half of it done. Luckily we can return with the 1 year pass.

Our boys are 8 & 5 and I was surprised by how interested they were in the past. Lovely the old sweet shop and the bakery.

My only negative point is I would prefer there was more sit down places to eat. The tea room becomes a bit of a battle for a table at lunch time.

We will be back.
Written 10 February 2024
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Zoe K
4 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Excellent family day out. The price of the tickets is fab as you can come back as many times as you want within a year.
Brilliant that you can use the bus or tram to stop at the different areas of the museum. It really feels authentic as all the staff are dressed in the attire and playing roles in the town or the pit village , really feels like your living in that era.
Definitely recommend going in the mine.
Fish and chips was good and all cooked in beef dripping. 😋
Written 4 February 2024
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Alan U
3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Excellent journey through history , so very interesting . The 1900 town used in Downton Abbey . So much to see the mining town is fascinating and you get to use the trans and bus.
Written 20 January 2024
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