Beamish Open Air Museum

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August, 2018

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There is disabled parking near the entrance and carers are admitted free. Disabled toilets are available in the entrance building and other places around the site. The museum normally has wheelchairs for hire, but these are not available at the time of writing because of Covid safety restrictions.

Beamish occupies a large site. There is a specially adapted bus that is able to take wheelchairs using a “ramp”: at the rear. Ask staff about this as they can radio it . This runs from the entrance to the 1900’s town and the colliery village.

Trams being ‘vintage’ transport do have steep steps to climb on board and are unable to accommodate wheelchairs.

It takes 15-20 minutes to walk to the 1940s farm, Pockerley Old Hall, St Helen’s Church and Pocklington Tramway. There are well paved routes to all of them but there are also hills to contend with, so you may need plenty of puff!

The reception area and shop are fully accessible. There is access into many of the buildings around the site, although some may have a small step. BUT space is often restricted inside and, when busy, it may be difficult to gain access with a wheelchair. (Avoid special event days.) There are no lifts to upper floors.

There are photo and information packs available for those unable to access different areas.

Streets in the 1900s town are cobbled, as are the areas around the 1940’s farm buildings and the station yard. The train is unable to take wheelchairs.

Check with the museum for latest information. Their accessibility statement is “here.”: here.


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