Beamish, The Living Museum of the North

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Beamish, County Durham

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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North invites you to take a step back in time and explore the rich heritage of North East England. This is no ordinary museum, and you won’t find our objects locked away inside glass cases. Become immersed in the everyday life of the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s as you enjoy the sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes of times gone by at this world-famous open air museum.

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Beamish, The Living Museum of the North, BEAMISH, County Durham, DH9 0RG
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About the area

Discover County Durham

County Durham reaches halfway across England, from the North Pennines in the west, to the sea in the east. Much of it is very sparsely inhabited, and is naturally beautiful; a mix of rolling hills, monumental valleys, lush farmland and unforgiving moors. It’s strong on industrial heritage as well, and remnants of the now all-but-vanished mining industry are everywhere.

The City of Durham has a magnificent Cathedral which can be traced back to the establishment of a church in the 10thcentury as the final resting place of the miraculous remains of Saint Cuthbert. The Cathedral, alongside the city’s Castle (an 11th-century structure that now houses University College), were created a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986. The area’s mining past is fully documented at the Durham Mining Museum; an amazing resource. Bishop Auckland is the other major settlement, and for centuries was run almost as an independent state by the powerful Bishops of Durham. These days it is still a bustling town with plenty of shops, historical interest and events like the annual food festival. The coastal town of Peterlee is unusual; it was set up as a new town to house Durham miners after WW2. 

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