Plan your school visit

Beamish Unlimited

Opening Times

Summer season – opens at 10am, closes at 5pm.

Winter season – opens at 10am, closes at 4pm.


£6.50 per child/student in full time education

Under 5s – Free

Children/students must be accompanied by a responsible adult at all times. One adult is admitted free with every 5 paying children/students aged 5 to 16. If you are bringing under fives, adults enter at a ratio of 1 to every 3 children.

Additional adults pay £13.50.

What can we do?

Around the museum you will find costumed demonstrators ready to talk to your group, answer children’s questions and explain what is happening. Beamish Museum offers a range of learning experiences with opportunities for children and students of all ages covering a range of subjects. Take a look at the Learning Activities section to find something that suits your objectives.

How to book and find out more

Please complete an Educational Booking Form and send to our Bookings team to arrange your visit; e-mail

If you would like to discuss the learning opportunities further, contact the Learning team on 0191 370 4011 or It is sometimes possible for us to work with schools on bespoke projects to support your visit.

Risk Assessments

Complimentary tickets are available to enable teachers to visit beforehand to do your risk assessments. Please click here to download our Hazard ID sheets.

Being prepared

Beamish is a large open-air museum with lots to see.  To help you get the most out of your visit, please come and do a planning visit beforehand.  Complimentary tickets for teachers are available on booking from the Bookings Team.

What to bring

You will be outside for a significant part of the day.  Suitable clothing and sturdy shoes/trainers are essential.  Please come prepared for the weather e.g. warm clothes, waterproofs, sun hats, sun cream and bottles of water as appropriate.

Lunchtime facilities

Indoor lunch rooms can be booked through our Bookings Team.  These are in half hour slots and are generally fully booked so it is important to keep within your allocated time.  If it is a nice day, you are welcome to picnic outside.

We do not have capacity to store or move packed lunches around the museum.  We recommend children carry their packed lunches with them.

The Shop / Sweetshop

If you would like your class to have a memento of their visit but do not want to take them into the gift shop we can make up gift bags to order. Likewise bags of sweets can be pre-ordered from the Sweet Shop.  To order, please speak to the Bookings Officer.


The museum has a fairground, including the steam gallopers, shuggy boats and coconut shy.  Please be aware that there is an additional charge for these experiences.