Beamish is a world-famous open air museum, telling the story of life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s & 1940s.
See cars, motorcycles, and bikes from a collection at the Beamish Motor & Cycle Works, which is a replica of a typical early 1900s garage. Browse the grocery, drapery and hardware departments of this store, which was moved from Annfield Plain, in County Durham. Can you remember your “divi” number?
Visit the residents of Ravensworth Terrace, which originally stood in Gateshead. Brave the terrifying tales in the dentist’s surgery, pop into the music teacher’s house and see an Edwardian-style day at the office in the solicitor’s. Quench your thirst at the Sun Inn, a real traditional pub that was moved to Beamish from Bishop Auckland. See mouth-watering sweets being made in the factory before choosing what traditional treats to take home. Will it be cinder toffee, bon bons or black bullets?
Do you know your pounds, shillings and pence? Step into the bank and see the coins, safes and strongrooms. Discover the world of the Freemasons, in the hall, which features Masonic furnishings, objects and symbols. The chemist and photographers opened in May 2016 and include a dispensary, aerated waters section and a photography studio where visitors can have a picture taken in period costume.
The Francis Street cottages came to Beamish from Hetton-le-Hole, on Wearside, and were originally built in the early 1860s by Hetton Coal Company. Six of the original row of 27 homes were moved to the museum in 1976 and rebuilt in our 1900s Pit Village.
Explore this terrace of miners’ cottages – No.2 is the Methodist family’s home, in No.3 live a family of Irish descent, No.4 is home to a widow who lost her husband in a pit accident, and the Colliery Pay Office is at the end.
Look out for the communal bread oven in the back lane – where there may be some delicious home-made bread baking.
Generations of families worked down the North East’s pits – it was the industry on which the region’s prosperity was built. In 1913, the year of peak production, 165,246 men and boys worked in Durham’s 304 mines. Discover the story of North East mining in the 1900s Colliery.
The site on which the museum stands was once at the heart of the Durham coalfield.
The early 1900s were a prosperous period for North East miners, who were relatively well paid. Their wages were double those of agricultural workers, the next biggest industry.
For more information on all of the things you can see, head to the Beamish Museum website here
Pay once and visit for a whole year FREE of charge, including daytime events. Unlimited Tickets are not valid for Evening Events.
Adults – £19.50
Seniors (60+) – £14.50
Child (5-16) – £11.50
Family (1 Adult 2 Children) – £36.50
Family (2 Adults 2 Children) – £51.00
Family (2 Adults 1 Child) – £44.50
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Open everyday – 10:00 – 16:00 (Last admission 15:00)