North East - County Durham


Beamish Museum
Beamish County Durham
t: 0191 370 4026

Travel back in time to discover the rich heritage of North East England during a visit to Beamish, The Living Museum of the North.

This multi-award winning museum is truly unique; you will be amazed by this unforgettable experience.

Stroll down the cobbled street of The 1900s Town and meet the townsfolk. Taste delicious bread and cakes in Herron’s Bakery, pop into the Co-op shops, and discover who lives in the houses in Ravensworth Terrace – are you brave enough to visit Mr Jones the dentist?

Pop into the cottages in The 1900s Pit Village to see how miners and their families lived. Learn your times tables in the school and visit the Methodist chapel. Don’t forget to meet our pit ponies in their stables. 

See the magnificent steam winding engine in action – built in 1855, it is the sole survivor of a type once common in North East England. Grab a hard hat and take a tour underground at the drift mine to find out how hard life was for miners.

Take a steam ride through the Georgian landscape at The Waggonway, find out who lives in Pockerley Old Hall, visit the beautiful St Helen’s Church, see Joe the Quilter’s cottage and find out more about the brutal murder of the renowned Georgian quilter.

Experience life on the Home Front during the Second World War at The 1940s Farm. Learn about cooking with rations and “make do and mend”, say hello to the Land Girls and learn to drill with the Home Guard. 

Add a little something special to your group’s visit, and enjoy a taste of Beamish with Dainty Bites, a light buffet lunch including sandwiches, crisps, cake, and tea or coffee. This will be served in a private room overlooking the award-winning Town (subject to availability and excluding school and Bank Holidays – Dainty Bites must be booked in advance).

Groups who are visiting during the festive season can experience a truly traditional Christmas. A wonderful Christmas lunch with all the trimmings (subject to availability and excluding school and Bank Holidays – must be booked in advance).

Throughout the year, there’s a packed programme of exciting special events, from the Georgian Fair to The Great North Festival of Transport and a whole season of Christmas celebrations. There’s no extra charge for daytime events, they’re included in the admission price for Beamish.

Beamish is the ideal place to discover the rich history and heritage of North East England and offers discounted day admission for pre-booked groups of 15 or more. Group visits also include:

Free admission for coach driver and group organiser

Free coach parking on hardstanding

Coach driver hospitality

Free promotional leaflets

To book a group visit please contact the Bookings Officer, tel. +44 191 370 4026 (weekdays 8.30am to 4pm), email


Upcoming 2019 Events

Twelfth Night Celebrations 2nd – 6th January

Great North Steam Fair 11th – 14th April

Easter Fun 19th- 22nd April

Horses at Work 27th – 28th April

May Day Celebrations 5th – 6th May

Georgian Fair 30th May – 2nd June

Old King Coal 26th – 30th June

Festival of 50s 11th – 14th July