1900s Town

Explore the 1900s Town and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War.

Beamish Unlimited

Discover life in a North East town in the years leading up to the First World War in our 1900s Town.

Herron’s Bakery

Watch delicious bread, cakes and biscuits being make using traditional Edwardian recipes – and why not buy a freshly-baked treat to take home?

You can now buy delicious Beamish treats from our online shop!


See cars, motorcycles and bikes from our collection at the Beamish Motor & Cycle Works, which is a replica of a typical early 1900s garage.

Co-op Store 

Browse the grocery, drapery and hardware departments of this store, which was moved from Annfield Plain, in County Durham. Can you remember your “divi” number?

Ravensworth Terrace

Visit the residents of Ravensworth Terrace, which originally stood in Gateshead. Brave the terrifying tales in the dentist’s surgery, pop into the music teacher’s house and see an Edwardian-style day at the office in the solicitor’s.

The Sun Inn 

Pop in for a pint or a snack at the Sun Inn, a real traditional pub that was moved to Beamish from Bishop Auckland.

Town Stables

Visit the stables and carriage house, which represents a typical jobmaster’s yard, which would have hired out horses and vehicles.

M G Armstrong Emigration and Shipping Agents, Auctioneers and Estate Agents

Visitors to the exhibit will learn about a 1900s auctioneer, estate and emigration agents. There are a number of examples of these businesses operating together in the early 1900s in the North East of England.

We also explore the fascinating story of printing in the early 1900s at this exhibit.

Sweet Shop 

No visit to The 1900s Town is complete without a trip to Jubilee Confectioners! See mouth-watering sweets being made in the factory before choosing what traditional treats to take home. Will it be cinder toffee, bon bons or black bullets?

Click here for more information about the Sweet Shop including a list of sweets currently available. You can also buy our scrumptious sweets from our online shop.

If you own a shop or local business and would like to stock our delicious, handmade confectionery, you can find out more about wholesale sweets from Beamish Museum here.

W Smith’s Chemist 

Opened in May 2016, our chemist shop includes a dispensary and an aerated waters section, and is named after William Smith, a chemist who worked on Silver Street in Durham.

As well as discovering what a trip to the chemist and photographers would have been like in the early 1900s, you can explore the luxury range of balms, baths salts and award-winning cold creams, which are based on original recipes from the Beamish collection!

Click here to find out more about the chemist’s.

JR & D Edis Photographers 

Visitors can experience a trip to an Edwardian photographers and may be able to have their photograph taken in a period costume.

Click here for more information about the photographers’.


Do you know your pounds, shillings and pence? Step into our bank see the coins, safes and strongrooms.

Masonic Hall 

Discover the world of the Freemasons, in the hall, which features Masonic furnishings, objects and symbols.

Please note, the lift into the Masonic Hall is currently unavailable. Apologies for any inconvenience.

Redman Park

A beautiful spot to enjoy a rest, with a bandstand (originally from Saltwell Park in Gateshead) that regularly hosts brass band performances.


Try your hand at the sideshows.

Tea Rooms, 1900s Town – takeaway & sit down service

Stop off at the Tea Rooms where you’ll find a range of delicious hot and cold meals, using local ingredients where possible, along with mouth-watering cakes, scones, snacks and drinks.

Click here to view a Tea Rooms sample menu.