Accessibility

Beamish is a large open air museum with many historic buildings to experience.

Beamish Unlimited

Beamish is a large open air museum with many historic buildings, some of which are not always completely accessible to visitors. 

To create an authentic feel, there are a variety of ground surfaces, some of which are uneven by nature. There are steep slopes in places, and some buildings and exhibits have stepped access.

We are now operating our Wheelchair Accessible Vehicle every day that the museum is open.  This is available on-call (please request it via any member of staff who will radio for it to attend) and is limited to one household per trip.  It is not operating in general service and is solely available for those who require its adaptations, including the wheelchair lift at the rear of the vehicle.  The crew have been inducted and trained to look after you and enable you to enjoy your visit to the museum.  See more here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f-CumQm0X0E.  Please note that we are currently unable to run a bus service to the colliery area.

If a disabled visitor requires another person, as their companion or carer to enable them to access the museum, then this person is admitted free of charge. If a parent is visiting the museum with a disabled child under 5 then the parent and child under 5 do not have to pay admission. If there are several adults accompanying the disabled child under 5, then only one adult can be admitted for free. All other adults and children need to pay full admission or show their annual pass.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and we’ve introduced additional COVID-19 Secure health and hygiene measures across the museum.

For more information about visiting the museum please click here.

Wheelchair Hire

We are not currently able to offer a wheelchair hire service due to safety restrictions. However, as soon as we are able to operate this facility safely, we will reinstate this service.

Motorised Scooters

Visitors are welcome to use personal motorised scooters to help them get around the museum. These should be used along pedestrian routes with due care for pedestrians and not the roads around the museum. As Beamish is a large open air museum, we encourage visitors to fully charge their scooters before arriving at the museum, as you could expect to cover up to three miles during the visit. Please note we are not able to hire out motorised wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs are welcome throughout the museum.

Accessible Parking

Free accessible parking is at the lowest level of our car park to the left of the Entrance Building. This area may also be used as a drop-off and collection point for accessible minibuses. Ramps lead from this car park into the Entrance Building and further ramps are situated at the rear of the building providing access to, and exit from the museum site.

Accessible Toilets

There are accessible toilets and baby changing facilities within the following areas:

  • The Entrance Building – Accessible toilets with Invacare Reliant 350 Stand Assist*, baby and adult changing facilities also available.
  • 1900s Town – Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities in tram shelter.
  • 1900s Pit Village – Accessible toilets only in the band hall.
  • 1900s Colliery – Accessible toilets only in the lamp cabin.
  • Fairground – Accessible toilets and baby changing facilities.
  • Regional Resource Centre – Accessible toilets only.

* The Invacare Reliant 350 Stand Assist is a compact and manoeuvrable mobile lifter that provides safe and comfortable assisted transfers for those with limited mobility or rehabilitation needs. The Invacare Reliant 350 can be used to transfer a client that cannot transfer unaided, but has some level of weight bearing ability, from one seated position to another.

Changing Places

Changing Places Facilities at Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

Our 1950s welfare hall features Changing Places accessible facilities. These include:

  • A wash and dry toilet.
  • Overhead room coverage hoist system.
  • Height-adjustable changing bench with a shower.
  • Height-adjustable basin.
  • Privacy screen.
  • Non-slip flooring.

For Health and Safety reasons we do not provide slings. Customers are asked to bring their own which should be compatible with the loop system.

Find out more about our Changing Places facilities.

Group Rates

Admission concessions are available for groups of 15 or more people. Please telephone the Bookings Team on 0191 370 4026 for more information.

Max Cards

Max Card holders are entitled to 25 per cent discount on individual Beamish Unlimited Passes, maximum of two adults and two children (this is not available on passes bought online and not available on family passes).

To receive this discount you will need to pre-book timed entry slots on our website and, at checkout, confirm that you have a valid Max Card. When you arrive at the museum, you will need to show your Max Card and purchase your passes. Payment must be by card only as we cannot accept cash payments due to our COVID-19 safety measures. Please note, the Max Card discount can only be applied on presentation of a valid Max Card.