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Beamish Museum, Beamish

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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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  • price rates are great for such a big museum , the people who work there answer your questions with lots of joy 
    price rates are great for such a big museum , the people who work there answer your questions with lots of joy  more »
  • A day out with a difference, give yourself 2 days to see this great museum, to properly do it justice. Dog 🐕 friendly, but must be on a lead . Step back and see / feel and ride the history 
    A day out with a difference, give yourself 2 days to see this great museum, to properly do it justice. Dog 🐕 friendly, but must be on a lead . Step back and see / feel and ride the history  more »
  • Such a shame as although the place is lovely and interesting but due to the free for all delivery to roaming around it meant you can’t see things well as too many people in the houses. A two up two... 
    Such a shame as although the place is lovely and interesting but due to the free for all delivery to roaming around it meant you can’t see things well as too many people in the houses. A two up two...  more »
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  • Had a fantastic day. The historic areas comes to life through the people in character telling stories of how people lived at specific times. Well worth becoming a friend if your thinking which tickets to choose. The 10% discounts pay back the small extra cost, such as food, fish n chips, bakery, cafe, old sweet shop, gift shop etc. If you are a carer then you go free with the person you care for. Dogs are allowed if controlled and well behaved. We will visit again later in the year and hopefully enjoy the same weather and experience seeing all the many attractions. You do need reasonable weather as many areas are outdoors. We went in the week which can have children from schools. For me this made the experience better especially listening to them joining in an old school type lesson, reciting maths times table. Last point, would be a great experience if you take parents/ grandparents. They will no doubt have stories to share that they will relate to with the many exhibits. Lots of ride options, trams buses on regular route to help with getting around. The museum is still expanding so more to come.
  • Back third time to this place. You pay ticket and you can back again as many times you want within one year. Clean places and so friendly staff. This place offered a lot and struggle to do everything in one day. Dogs friendly. Some of the attractions you have to pay extra. In pub they offered nice and tasty Scottish eggs. Beers are also good. Book your photographer to get picture like 40 years ago. This time I took grandparents - they really love it.
  • What a lovely place...fantastic day out for all ages! We spent over 3h but we didn't have time to see some areas so I recommend getting there early and spend the whole day. The staff was entertaining, at one of the shops the man at the till was singing old tunes from the 50s as well as telling us few anecdotes. The tram journeys are worth a try as well as wandering inside the dentist and the lawyers homes. We will definitely go back.
  • Never tire of this place, we love it here. The staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Sadly the drift mine is closed at present and unlikely to open anytime in the next few months due to it having no working electric or ventilation. There's also no trains running from the train station due to damage to the tracks. We were told they may restart in 2024. A wonderful day out. The fact you can go back as many times as you like in a year for free and also get free parking makes this a brilliant affordable day out.
  • Great place to visit! Really interesting to get a different perspective to life as it was in the early 1900s. Each of the areas is very well designed with lots of detail and the staff really help bring it to life. Tickets may appear expensive but if you take your time exploring each area in depth it's definitely worth it. Plus they work as an annual pass so you can return multiple times in the following 12 months.

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