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.


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.
  • Please note, other animals are not permitted.