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

Visitors need to pre-book for 10am, 11am and 12pm timeslots to help us manage the flow of visitors through our Entrance building during our busiest times, but if you are visiting from 1pm onwards, you can just turn up and won’t need to pre-book (last admission is one hour before closing time). Find out more here.

The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is always our first priority and we continue to have a range of COVID-19 Secure measures in place.  We support the wearing of face coverings in all indoor spaces.


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

Herron’s Bakery – Open

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!

Garage – Open

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 – Open

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?

You can also do a spot of Edwardian shopping from the comfort of your own home! From Beamish blend teas and coffees to fat quarters for your next sewing project, you can view the full Co-op store range on our online shop.

Ravensworth Terrace – Open

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 – Open

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 – Open

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

Sweet Shop – Open

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 – Open

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 – Open

The Photographers opened in May 2016 and includes photography studio where visitors can have a picture taken in period costume in front of a hand-painted scene of Durham Cathedral, which was chosen by our visitors and is based on an original photograph, on display in the exhibit.

Click here for more information about the photographers.

Bank – Open

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

Masonic Hall – Open

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

Redman Park – Open

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

Fairground – Open

Try your hand at the sideshows.

Tea Rooms, 1900s Town – Open, 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.

Printer, Stationer & Newspaper Branch Office – Closed

Downstairs you’ll find the Sunderland Daily Echo and Northern Daily Mail branch office, and a stationer’s shop, where you can pick up some souvenirs from your visit. Upstairs is the printer’s shop where you can watch the press in action – perhaps treat yourself to some Eagle Press Print gifts too (also available from our online shop)!