Beamish - The Living Museum of the North : Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

About Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish stands in 350 acres of beautiful County Durham countryside. With so many things to see, Beamish is a wonderful day out for people of all ages.

There are plenty of additional family activities to enjoy during holidays and weekends. Keep track of the latest activities at, on Facebook or on Twitter

Our Museum is family and breast feeding friendly and dementia and autism aware.

There are a number of different areas to discover and explore, including:


Visit beautiful Pockerley Old Hall’s new and old houses and enjoy the magnificent gardens. Take a ride on Pockerley Waggonway and wander through the glorious Georgian landscape.


Visit the 1900s Town and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War.

In the Pit Village see what’s cooking in the pit cottages, practise your handwriting in the school and visit the chapel. Don’t forget to say hello to the pit ponies in their stables!

No recreation of the history of North East England would be complete without a colliery and the people who worked and lived around it.


Discover how life was on the Home Front, at Home Farm, during the Second World War. Look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard!

...and Much More!

Step “behind the scenes” into the Open Store at the Regional Resource Centre and see fascinating objects in our collections

Beamish Tramway, opened in 1973, serves to re-create the experience and atmosphere of tramway operation from an earlier generation, whilst providing an essential means of transport for visitors around the site.

Enjoy traditional tasty treats, from homemade hot meals to delicious snacks, cakes and drinks. Take home a unique reminder of your visit, shop Edwardian-style in The Town, or take a look in our Entrance Gift Shop.

There’s always something new to see and do at Beamish. Find out here about Eston Church, W Smith's Chemist and Photographer's, Dunrobin, Samson, the new Accessible buses and Tram 264.


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