Beamish Museum

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Beamish Museum: Beamish is a world famous open air museum telling the story of the people of North East England at two important points in their history - 1825 and 1913.

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 Manor 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.

Step on board our trams and we'll transport you into the past

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How to get here


From the North and South
Follow the A1M to Junction 63 (Chester-le-Street exit), then the A693 towards Stanley for 4 miles, following the signs.

From the West
Take the A68 to Castleside, near Consett, and follow the Beamish Museum signs along the A692 and A693 via Stanley.


Service buses run regularly from Newcastle (Eldon Square) to the Museum Entrance Gates (five minutes walk to the Entrance Building).

From Eldon Square Bus Station in Newcastle City Centre - No. 28/28A via Gateshead, Low Fell, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street.


National Cycle Network, Route No. 7, the C2C, runs past the Beamish Entrance Gates. Linked to Durham Station via Route 14.1. Bike racks available.


The closest main-line station is Newcastle upon Tyne, with Service buses running from the city centre to the Beamish Entrance Gates.


Opening times (January - April):
10:00 AM - 4:00 PM-10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM10:00 AM - 4:00 PM-10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Opening times (April - November):
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM10:00 AM - 5:00 PM

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Address: Beamish Museum, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG, UK
Phone: +44 191 370 4000

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