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Holidays in Beamish

Home to a living and breathing museum of the North

The cobbled streets of Beamish's replica town

Located just eight miles south of the modern metropolis of Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Beamish is the perfect place to delve into the past and see a different side of northern England.

Beamish is undoubtedly best-known for its open-air museum, which stands out from other museums and really brings the County Durham of the past to life. Upon arrival you will have the chance to see the county through the ages, looking into how both the upper and the working classes would have lived.

An example of an old railway station at Beamish

With shops and pubs lining cobbled streets, you can see a living and breathing example of a County Durham town in the early twentieth century. Explore the houses on Ravensworth Terrace, learn about the currency of the time in the bank and even enjoy a drink at the Sun Inn. There’s even a traditional bandstand and fairground to give you a glimpse of how people would have enjoyed their leisure time. To get about, you can also take the tram and even a steam train.

For a better glimpse into working life, there’s also the 1900s pit village and the 1940s farm to pay a visit to, with examples of machinery and equipment of the time, plus farmhouses and miners’ cottages so you can see where the workers would have retired to at the end of the working day. Finally, you can also step back in time to 1820s Pockerley, where you’ll be transported back to Georgian times and a village featuring a grand manor house, terraced garden and medieval church.

There’s also plenty of places to eat on site, serving food made in a traditional style, so you can fully enjoy your day out at the Beamish open-air museum. Many of the shops sell traditional snacks and sweets, while there is also a traditional tea room. One of the highlights of many people’s visit is the fish and chips served at Davey’s. Cooked in coal-fired fryers and served in newspaper, just like it would have been a century ago, the food is no-frills but simply delicious.

“The perfect place to delve into the past and see a different side of northern England…”

For those seeking a more adrenaline-fuelled day out in the local area, head to the Beamish Wild Adventure Park. Build a den, try your hand at archery or navigate the high ropes course, with swinging tyres, rope bridges and four zip-wires to whizz down – it’s the perfect place to quench your thirst for adventure. Nearby you will also find Pockerley Riding School, where beginners can learn how to ride and there are even show jumping facilities available for the more advanced rider.

Take a look at our full collection of Beamish cottages for even more holiday inspiration and find your perfect place to stay in County Durham.

While you’re there

Beamish Museum

A museum where you really do step back into the past, exploring various parts of the north-east as it would have been in times past

Pockerley Riding School

A friendly riding school perfect for both beginners and those looking to sharpen their horse riding skills

Beamish Wild Adventure Park

Shoot some arrows in the archery, build a den or try navigating the high ropes course – the outdoor adventures are yours to choose

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