In the Vale of Durham, just to the north of Durham city Beamish is only 4 miles off the A1M.
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.
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
Minimum 2 hours in Winter and 4 hours in Summer
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.