Discover Beamish – The Living Museum of the North
Experience life in a rural Victorian town this unique and exciting open-air museum
A visit to Beamish, near the former colliery town of Stanley in
County Durham, north east England, quickly confirms that this is a
museum unlike any other.
Opened in 1972, and occupying three hundred acres of Durham's countryside, Beamish was England's first open-air museum. In the last four decades, this authentic recreation of everyday life in a north-eastern industrial community during the Victorian/Edwardian era has won a host of awards and become famous worldwide.
The Beamish Museum is dedicated to the preservation of regional customs, traditions and ways of life that would otherwise have been lost in the march of modernisation. Beamish successfully achieves this thanks to its life-sized replicas of period locations which are accurate to the finest detail. Beamish's Edwardian Town, for example, contains many authentic structures reclaimed from towns and villages throughout north-east England, and features recreations of a typical inn, Co-operative store, sweet shop, bank, dentist and other businesses as they were at the beginning of the twentieth century.
Superbly entertaining and enjoyable for every visitor, Beamish also features a recreated mining village and colliery, an Edwardian railway station and steam railway, a Victorian farm, and Pockerley Old Hall; a luxurious manor house. Historic transport, including a tramway, vintage-style bus and, during the summer, a steam locomotive carry visitors between the various attractions at this unforgettable museum.