Unlimited fun at Beamish Museum

May 20th 2024

There’s so much to see and do on a visit to Beamish, from rides on vintage transport and trips down the mine to exploring an Edwardian school and 1950s play park. Join us for a day out to remember and discover fascinating stories of everyday life in the region through time.

Beamish Unlimited Passes are valid for an incredible 12 months from the date of purchase. This means a whole year of fun to be had! Find out more below about how you can make the most of your Unlimited Pass this year.

Enjoy a year of events
Our year-long programme of daytime events are all included in your Unlimited Pass, and with everything from half terms to horse events, steam galas to singarounds and car shows to Christmas daytimes, we truly have something for everyone. Find out more here.

Discover over 100 years of history

Set in 350 amazing acres, at Beamish we bring the past to life in a truly unique and immersive way. From the 1820s up to the 1950s, we explore periods of change which saw the birth of the railways, rapid industrialisation, the suffrage movement, world wars, the creation of the NHS, the golden age of cinema and much, much more.

Come along and experience the sights, sounds, smells and even the delicious tastes of the 1820s, early 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.

Meet costumed characters

Our friendly costumed Engagers work across site to bring history to life and answer any questions you may have and to help you enjoy your day. Be sure to say hello on your next visit!

Explore even more exhibits

2024 will see the opening of even more exhibits as the museum, as we get ready to open our 1950s cinema, toy shop and electrical shop and the Drovers Tavern and pottery in our 1820s Landscape as part of our Remaking Beamish project.

The Remaking Beamish project is the biggest development in the museum’s history. Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the Remaking Beamish project was awarded £11.8million by The National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Find out more here.

Get around in style

Become a real time traveller by hopping on and off our fleet of period trams and buses! Or if steam’s more your thing, make sure to head to our 1820s Waggonway to learn about the history of the railways, and maybe even take a ride on a steam train! All included in your Beamish Unlimited Pass or Friends of Beamish membership.

Go for a scenic stroll

From stunning Georgian gardens and pit village allotments to relaxing walks in the woods, our 350 acre grounds offer the perfect opportunity to get out and enjoy the great outdoors.

Play in the park

Keep the little ones entertained at our Coronation Park and Recreation Ground, which includes a 1950s-style playground with swings, an accessible swing seat, a high slide, a wheelchair accessible roundabout, rocking horse, climbing frame and a rota web climber – a nod to the 1950s witches hat.

If you’re a football fan, make sure to stop by our 1950s football pitch for a quick kickaround. You’ll also be able to learn about amateur football in the 1950s in our football shed.

Or if bowls is more your game, be sure to stop by our 1950s bowling green and pavilion, replicated from John Whitehead Park in Billingham.

Go underground

Grab a hard hat and head underground as our experienced guides give a tour of a real former coal mine.

Feel good in the knowledge that you’re helping to support the museum!

Beamish is a self-reliant charity and 95% of our income comes from our much-valued visitors. Your donations help to maintain the museum, develop new and exciting exhibits and support our work to preserve North East heritage for future generations, while supporting today’s communities, including through our health and wellbeing and education work. Thank you!