Take your senses on a trip back in time at Beamish

Vale of Durham

Touch, taste, hear, see and smell history on an unforgettable journey into the past at England’s largest open-air museum.

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Set in 300 acres of beautiful Durham countryside, Beamish – The Living Museum of the North brings 200 years of English history to life.

Hop on a tram and make your way around the vast museum: visit the 1900s town and watch traditional sweets being made in the sweet shop, then visit the dentist (if you dare!). Try a tasty treat from the Edwardian Bakery or a pint at the Sun Inn Pub, then step even further back in time to the 1800s and take a steam train ride through the Georgian landscape on replica locomotives.

Immerse yourself in the 1900s at the Pit Village by going down a real mine and enjoying a traditional fish and chips at Davy’s Fried Fish Shop. Staff are dressed in period costume, which makes the experience truly authentic.

New for 2016 watch out for W Smith Chemist & Photographer’s which will open its doors in Beamish’s 1900s Town. Visit the photographer’s studio and have your picture taken in Edwardian costume, see traditional remedies being made in the chemist’s shop and try the aerated waters.

Beamish is around 20 minutes’ drive from Durham City, itself under 3 hours from London by train.

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TThe 1900s Town at Beamish Museum © Visit County Durham
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VVintage transport at the Beamish Museum © Visit County Durham
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