The safety of our visitors, staff and volunteers is our number one priority and we’ve introduced additional COVID-19 Secure health and hygiene measures across the museum.

You’ll be able to go into most of our museum exhibits and we’ve introduced one-way systems to help the visitor flow and to ensure your safety, please follow the signs. We will be opening up other areas and running transport as and when we are able to, with everyone’s safety as our top priority. Wherever possible, we’ll open up doors of exhibits you can’t yet go into, so you can still look inside. For more information about visiting the museum please click here.

Well-behaved dogs are welcome at the museum and entry is free for dogs!

If you’re a dog owner visiting Beamish with your four-legged friend:

  • Please keep your dog on a lead and accompany them at all times.
  • Dogs are welcome around our open-air museum’s large grounds. Dogs are usually allowed on transport (lower deck, not on seats, at conductor’s discretion) and in the following buildings and areas (however, there may need to be exceptions during particularly busy times): 1820s Waggonway and Great Shed, The 1900s Colliery Yard, including engine shed and lamp cabin (excluding drift mine), Rowley Station, The Sun Inn pub, Entrance Building.

Only assistance dogs are allowed into all other buildings, exhibits and catering areas. Visit our Accessibility page to find out more about access at Beamish Museum.

  • Please don’t leave your dog unattended at any time. We’d also advise against leaving your dog in your car for even a short period of time.
  • Water bowls for dogs are provided around the museum – please let our staff or volunteers know if a refill is needed.
  • Please pick up after your dog. Dog waste bags are available from our Entrance Building, if needed.
  • Dogs aren’t allowed at evening events, e.g. Christmas Evenings, Halloween Evenings.