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Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham

Beamish Open Air Museum


For a true understanding of North East England and its past, Beamish Open Air Museum offers an immersive experience and insight into local life from 1900 – 1940. Travel 100 years back in time and 20 minutes by car from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham to UK’s most popular living museum.
What to see at Beamish Open Air Museum
Walking down the quaint streets you’ll immediately notice staff members in period costumes relevant to the area you are visiting. In addition, this open-air city museum offers a wide variety of experiences designed to take you back in time:

  • 1820s Pockerley
    Take a ride on the 1800s replica steam train engines at the Waggonway and learn about the birth of the railways
  • 1900s Town
Visit the bakery, bank Co-op store, dentist’s surgery, Sweetshop, Masonic Hall, Chemist, Newspaper office, Photographer’s studio, town stables, fairground and more
  • The 1900s Pit Village
Get a glimpse into the life of a North East coal town with a fried fish shop, an old band hall, a Methodist chapel and Pit Pony Stables
  • 1900s Colliery (coal mine)
Enjoy a guided tour of a drift mine and experience what life was like for miners.
  • 1910s Rowley Station
Explore this Edwardian style station offering steam passenger rides everyday throughout the summer holidays, (only on weekends during regular season)
  • 1940s Farm
Discover what wartime family life was like and visit a British Kitchen which recreates the British restaurants that were set up by the Government during the war
Plan your visit from Radisson Blu Hotel, Durham:
  • Opening hours:
    • 10:00 – 17:00 (6 April – 29 October)  
    • 10:00 – 16:00 (30 October – 23 March)
    • Closed on Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year’s Day and Mondays & Fridays from 8 January to 9 February
  • Entrance fee:
Tickets can be purchased online or at the museum entrance
  • Under 5: FREE
  • Child (5 - 16 years): £11.00
  • Student: £14.00
  • Adult: £19.00  
  • Senior (60 years +): £14.00      
  • Family (1 Adult + 2 Children): £35.50   
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children): £49.50 
  • Family (2 Adults + 1 Child): £43.50
The ticket prices above do not cover admission for evening events
  • For more information on how to plan your visit, click here
  • Purchase a Discover Durham deal at the hotel which includes accommodation, breakfast, dinner on first night and a ticket to Beamish Museum. Booking date ends 31 December, 2017.