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Beamish Museum, Beamish

Beamish Museum was established in 1970 to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural northeast England in the early 20th century. Because the museum is so large, spread over 120 hectares (300 acres), try to pinpoint in advance what you don't want to miss. The museum features a mixture of original and replicated historical buildings, a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment, rare livestock breeds, and costumed interpreters. Explore the grounds to learn about the region’s pit communities, collieries, train stations, and farms. Take a ride on the Pockerley Waggonway, snaking its way through the Georgian landscape just as it would have back in the early 1800s. There’s always something new here, so check in advance for special activities and demonstrations. To visit Beamish Museum on your trip to Beamish, use our Beamish online journey builder .
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  • Well I’ve been very lucky to be able to go to beamish pretty much once a month, it is most probably my favourite place to visit. The staff are always friendly and it’s just a lovely experience no matt...  more »
  • There is something for all ages at Beamish. £50 for a family of 4 for a whole year is remarkable value. They are constantly adding new attractions and a 1950s town complete with cinema is currently be...  more »
  • Visted on Saturday 24th March, the weather was kind to us. We spent 6 hours there. Really enjoyed it and will be calling again within the year for a freebie. We were lucky to find the pit winding man ...  more »
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  • Absolutely love this place with amazing attention to historical detail. Quite pricey for a single visit, but well worth it as more than enough to fill a day. Also your ticket is actually a year pass so you can return as often as you like. We live about 60 miles away and have returned many times. Shops on site are not too pricey and the little pub has lovely beer. Also recommend ice buns from the bakery and excellent fish and chips in the mining village from coal fired fryers.
  • Could easily spend the day here so much to see and do. The kids love seeing history come alive food is a bit pricey, but given how cheap a yearly unlimited visit pass is you don't mind spending a bit more. Excited to see how the massive new expansions will look when it's finished will need 3 days there to see everything. Well worth a visit for anyone of any age can't recommend it enough, with helpful staff and well placed amenities across the massive site and different events for every season and occasion you will want to make the most of the yearly pass.
  • This is a fantastic attraction that is developing further and will soon need 2 days to see everything - gift aid tickets allow unlimited return visits in 12 months. The site is split into different time periods/themes and buses/trams do a loop both ways round the site. The restaurant in the 1900 town offers good value, I really enjoyed the Masonic hall and the 1940s farm. There is plenty of toilets and rest areas. I recommend that you buy a guide book, at a 125 pages it isn't a map of the museum and some blurb but a very informative guide to the exhibits - the theme of each house, why there is a slate beside the back gate, where the buildings came from and a bit about how people lived and worked; it will add to your experience.
  • First time I'd been here and it was great. We love museums, and this was something else. So big, so much to see and do. My wife is disabled, she's in a powered wheelchair. Disabled parking is really close to the museum entrance, but then you've got people parking adjacent to, or even on dropped curbs. There was a big, massive queue to get in, but because we'd booked online, we were able to skip the queue and probably half an hour of waiting. We were told that there were no accessible buses or trams to get around on by one of the greeters, but a couple of hours in, we actually saw a bus with a wheelchair lift. Previously the greeter told my wife she'd have to leave her wheelchair there, unattended at the entrance, if she wanted to use a bus. There were lots of queues inside, but thankfully everywhere took debit card payments. We're going to go again, it would be better if more places were wheelchair accessible here, but I guess it's difficult.
  • Lovely spend the day. Would need a full day to explore leisurely. Has loads of events and seasonal attractions like ice skating. Would need to be able to walk as the places are spread out. Enjoyed the realism of small villages with actual working shops selling old school items. It was like being in an old movie. The steam trains and trams were great too.
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