Beamish is an open air museum, also known as ‘The Living Museum of the North’. It’s a charming place where you can take a step back in time and experience life in Britain through the late 1800’s to the 1950s. Oh, and the best part is that you can take your dog too!
Exploring Britain during the COVID-19 global pandemic is a completely new experience, and one that we’re still getting used to… Fortunately Beamish’s website has all the information that you’ll need to know about the extra safety measures that are in place and what is expected from visitors.
We decided to visit Beamish on a bit of a whim, but there were plenty of ‘timeslot tickets’ available for the same day and booking was quick and easy through their website. Entry timeslots are free, but an adult ‘Beamish Unlimited’ pass will set you back £19.50 each. This may seem a little steep but it also acts as a membership pass allowing you to return as many times as you like for a whole year. Prices are slightly reduced for over 60s, children, students and special family passes are also available.
Entry is free for dogs!
Buffy and Elsa absolutely loved sniffing their way around the museum. They had the opportunity to see various farm animals including sheep, goats, chickens and horses. There are lots of different terrains to experience too, from cobbled streets to woodland walks and a large open field in the middle.
Dogs have to be kept on a lead at all times, but they are welcome around all of the grounds and in some of the buildings including the 1820s Waggonway and Great Shed, The 1900s Colliery Yard, including engine shed and lamp cabin (excluding drift mine), Rowley Station, The Sun Inn pub, Entrance Building. [This information was sourced from Beamish’s website – click here to read more.]
We even managed to spot a few pooch related points of interest including a veterinary medicine dispensary and these cute little vintage dog ‘bowls’ advertising Hudson’s Soap which were situated outside several of the buildings.
We spent about three hours at Beamish on this visit, but felt like we only scratched the surface of all the things to see and do there. We have family in the area so I’m certain that we’ll visit again before our 12 month pass runs out, so I do feel like we’ll get our money’s worth out of it.
We really felt like it was a great day out with Buffy and Elsa, Beamish Museum is a prime example of a fantastic dog friendly attraction in Britain!
Take your paws to County Durham and visit Beamish Museum
Beamish, County Durham DH9 0RG