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Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

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County Durham

Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England in Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian times.

In the early 1800s, the region was rural and thinly populated. The Industrial Revolution, particularly the coming of the railways, accelerated change. By the early 1900s the heavy industries of the region were at their peak.

Beamish stands in 300 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside, eight miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne, twelve miles north west of Durham city. It is not a traditional museum. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been dismantled, brought to Beamish and rebuilt here.

Some - Home Farm, Pockerley Old Hall and the Drift Mine - were here already. All of the buildings are filled with furniture, machinery and objects, real artefacts from our designated collections.

What sets Beamish apart from glass case museums is that the story is told not by labels but by costumed staff who are proud of their heritage and happy to share their knowledge with visitors.

General Information:

  • Accessible toilets in most areas
  • Cafe, pub and coffee shop
  • Souvenir shops
  • Picnic areas
  • Baby changing
  • Free car parking
  • Dogs welcome on leads but not in buildings

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Service Buses

Waggonway service 28/28A offers regular buses from Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street. Buses run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly in the evening and on Sundays. Connections with other bus, train or metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.

Service 128 provides a direct link with Durham City Centre. Buses run hourly on Saturdays throughout the summer season. The 128 offers convenient connections with trains at Durham railway station and with other bus services at Durham bus station.

Lime service 8 runs every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday from Sunderland Interchange, via Washington, Chester-le-Street and Stanley.

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North Postcode for SatNav: DH9 0RG


+44 (0)191 370 4000
+44 (0)191 370 4001

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