Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Take a tram ride back in time and experience the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of the past with a visit to Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

This multi-award winning museum is unique – objects aren’t locked away in glass cases, this really is hands-on history.

Stroll down the cobbled street of The 1900s Town and meet the friendly townsfolk. Taste delicious bread and cakes in Herron’s bakery, pop into the Co-op shops, and discover who lives in the houses in Ravensworth Terrace – are you brave enough to visit Mr Jones the dentist?

Call into the cottages in The 1900s Pit Village to see how miners and their families lived. Learn your times tables in the school and visit the chapel. Don’t forget to meet our pit ponies in their stables.

Beamish Georgian Landscape

See the magnificent steam winding engine in action – built in 1855, it is the sole survivor of a type once common in North East England. Grab a hard hat and take an underground tour of the drift mine to find out how hard life was for miners.

Take a steam ride through the Georgian Landscape at The Waggonway, meet the residents of Pockerley Old Hall, visit the beautiful St Helen’s Church and see Joe the Quilter’s cottage to find out more about the brutal murder of a renowned Georgian quilter.

Experience life on the Home Front during the Second World War at The 1940s Farm. Learn about cooking with rations and “make do and mend”, say hello to the Land Girls and learn to drill with the Home Guard.

Beamish Museum, The 1900s Pit Village

Add a little something special to your group’s visit and enjoy a taste of Beamish with Dainty Bites, a light buffet lunch including sandwiches, crisps, cake and tea or coffee. This will be served in a private room overlooking the award-winning 1900s Town (subject to availability and excluding local school and Bank Holidays – Dainty Bites must be booked in advance).

Groups visiting during the festive season can experience a truly traditional experience, wonderful Christmas lunch served with all the trimmings (subject to availability and excluding local school and Bank Holidays – must be booked in advance).

Beamish Museum is open all year and offers a packed programme of exciting events, from the Great North Festival of Transport and the Georgian Fair to the Festival of 50s and a whole season of Christmas celebrations. There’s no extra charge for daytime events, they’re included in the admission price.

Set over 350 acres of pleasantly rolling wooded land, the museum is located around eight miles from Newcastle upon Tyne and 12 miles from Durham, making it the ideal place to discover the rich history and heritage of North East England.

The museum offers discounted day admission for pre-booked groups of 15 or more. Group visits to Beamish Museum also include:

  • Free admission for coach driver and group organiser
  • Free coach parking
  • Coach driver hospitality
  • Free promotional leaflets

To book a group visit, please contact the Bookings Officer, tel. 0191 370 4026 (weekdays 8.30am to 4pm), email


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