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Beamish Open Air Museum

Beamish Open Air Museum

Welcome to Beamish, The North of England Open Air Museum, where the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. No ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North.

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Beamish is a world famous open air museum. We tell the story of the people of North East England at two important points of their history - 1825 and 1913. In 1825 the region was rural and thinly populated.


The industrial revolution, especially the coming of the railways, accelerated change. By 1913 the region's heavy industries were at their peak.Beamish is not a traditional museum. Most of the houses, shops and other buildings have been "deconstructed" from elsewhere in the region and rebuilt here. A few, the Drift Mine, Home Farm and Pockerley Manor were here already. All are buildings filled with objects, furniture and machinery - real things from our extensive collections.


Scholarship and detailed research is behind everything we do. You will find here no glass cases and few labels. Within our buildings you will find costumed people who are trained to talk to visitors and to answer their questions. The staff is proud of their heritage. We believe that the reality of human beings is better than technological virtual reality. It is this belief that distinguishes us from other museums.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Name Address Contact Details
Boston Spa High Street, Boston Spa
Opposite Car Park
Harrogate Outside Harrogate Railway Station
Station Parade, Harrogate
Tadcaster Coach & Horses Car Park
Commercial Street, Tadcaster
Wetherby Outside Yorkshire Bank plc
Market Place, Wetherby
York National Railway Museum
Leeman Road, York
York/Rawcliffe (A19) Park & Ride Car Park
Rawcliffe, A19/Ring Road

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