Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

Beamish - The Living Museum of the North

The award winning Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in north east England during the 1820s, the 1900s and the 1940s.

Where is it...

In the Vale of Durham, just to the north of Durham city Beamish is only 4 miles off the A1M.

What to see...

Experience a real sense of your past at Beamish, and discover what life was like in North East England in the 1820s,1910s and 1940s. Beamish is a living, working museum, set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside. Costumed folk bring to life the Town, Pit Village, Home Farm and Pockerley Old Hall.

How to get there...

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. There is also free coach parking on hardstanding

When to visit...

Open daily, 10am to 5pm

Suggested length of visit...

Minimum 2 hours in Winter and 4 hours in Summer

 

 

Don’t miss...

Brand new exhibits in The Town, a chemist shop and photography studio, now open.

JR & D Edis Photographer’s and W Smith Chemist are the newest additions are in The Town and are an exciting opportunity for Beamish to demonstrate a typical early 1900s chemist business and photography studio.  The unusual corner building which houses the businesses is based on a listed property on Elvet Bridge in Durham City.

Complete with magnesium flash, side-lit studio window and props, the new photography studio is set to open with a bang.  Visitors can experience a trip to the photographer’s in the 1900s and have their photograph taken in period costume. W Smith Chemist demonstrates a typical Edwardian chemist business, with dispensary and aerated water sections.



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