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Open 7 days a week.

10am - 5pm

(last admission 3pm)

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Getting Here

Beamish is in County Durham, UK, some 12 miles North West of historic Durham City and 8 miles south west of Newcastle upon Tyne.

Beamish is well signposted from the A1M, Junction 63.

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.

From the West - Take the A68 to Castleside, near Consett, and follow the Beamish Museum signs along the A692 and A693 via Stanley.

Sat-nav users - our postcode is DH9 0RG.

For detailed road maps, please click here.

For detailed route information from the AA, please click here.

Parking for visitors is free of charge with disabled parking spaces available next to the entrance building. No overnight stays permitted.

Service Buses

Waggonway service 28/28A offers regular buses from Newcastle City Centre, Gateshead, Birtley, Ouston and Chester-le-Street. Buses run every 30 minutes on Monday to Saturday daytimes and hourly in the evening and on Sundays. Connections with other bus, train or metro services can be made in Newcastle, Gateshead and Chester-le-Street.

Service 128 provides a direct link with Durham City Centre. Buses run hourly on Saturdays throughout the summer season.. The 128 offers convenient connections with trains at Durham railway station and with other bus services at Durham bus station.

Lime service 8 runs every 30 minutes Monday to Saturday from Sunderland Interchange, via Washington, Chester-le-Street and Stanley.

Click here to visit the Go North East website for full details and timetables.

Click here  to find out about The Key - Go North East's smartcard and smartphone app that makes travelling by bus easier, cheaper and more secure.

Click here to visit the Traveline website to plan a journey.

Travel to Beamish Museum on any Go North East bus and get 25% discount on a standard individual admission charge.

Explorer North East - The only regionwide integrated public transport ticket, enabling you to travel the length and breadth of the region on local bus services operated by participating companies.

From the Scottish Borders throughout Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Teesside and North Yorkshire the Explorer North East ticket gives you the freedom to plan your days out…

Click here to find out more.


National Cycle Network, Route No. 7, the C2C, runs past the Beamish Entrance Gates. Linked to Durham Station via Route 14.1. Bike racks available.

By Train

The closest main-line station is Newcastle upon Tyne, with Service buses running from the city centre to the Beamish Entrance Gates. Visit East Coast or First TransPennine Express for ticketing and timetable information. 

By Air

Newcastle International Airport is the largest airport in North East England, flying to more than 85 destinations worldwide.  Sixteen miles from Beamish. Click here for details of arrival and departure times and much more.

By Sea

Car ferry services operate into Newcastle upon Tyne from Scandinavia and Holland. Contact DFDS Seaways for more information.