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Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish, County Durham, England

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Attraction Information

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Suitable for ages: Babies and Toddlers (0-3), Young Children (4-8) and Older Children (9-12)

Venue type: Indoor, Outdoor

Beamish, Britain's favourite open air museum, set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside, vividly recreates life in the North of England in the early 1800s and 1900s. Winner of both the British Museum of the Year and European Museum of the Year Awards, it demonstrates the recent history of the region in a living fashion and provides entertainment and education for visitors of all ages and interests.

People from the past welcome visitors and interpret how the people of the North of England lived and worked. At Beamish, you can take a trip down a real drift mine, watch sweets being made, visit an authentically recreated Masonic Hall and take a ride behind a replica of Puffing Billy, one of the world's oldest surviving steam locos at Pockerley Waggonway!

Plus, step on board the trams and we'll transport you into the past, for a happy day out in history!


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  • Disabled Toilets Available Disabled Toilets Available
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Getting There and Contact Information


Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, England


Click here to visit Beamish Open Air Museum's website
0191 370 4000

Standard Opening Times and Pricing

Opening hours

March through 2nd November

Monday to Sunday 10:00 - 17:00

November through March

Tuesday to Thursday, Saturday and Sunday 10:00 - 16:00


1 Year Unlimited Ticket

Adult: £18.50

Concession: £13.50

5 to 16 years: £10.50

Under 5s: Free

Family: from £34.50

More Information

Eating information

The Coffee shop in the admissions building and the Dainty Dinah in the town offer a selection of hot and cold snacks throughout the day. The Cartshed Cafe at Home Farm and the Pitman's Pantry in the Pit Village offer a range of light snacks, ice cream and hot and cold drinks. Open weekends only during winter season. Davy's Fried Fish and Chip Shop is now open in the Pit Village. Try our authentic fish and chips, fried in beef dripping in a coal fired range! Open weekends only.


Accessible facilities are available in all areas within the museum.

Gift shop

The Print shop and Co-op in the Town, and the Gift Shop in the entrance building offers a large range of Souvenirs, gifts and books.

Baby food facilities

Organic baby food by BabyDeli. There are baby changing facilities within the following areas: The Entrance Building; The Town; Pockerley Old Hall; Home Farm; Regional Resource Centre and Colliery Village (Lamp Cabin).


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