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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. Plan to visit Beamish Museum during your Beamish vacation using our convenient Beamish tour planner.
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  • Spent 2 days at Beamish museum, plenty to see and do, 1940's farm and the pit village, sweet shop and Victorian dentist plus loads more. Ride the old trams and buses or go down the old drift mine. Wel...  more »
  • what a fantastic place, but you need to days to get round and see it all, staff very helpful and just a great couple of days out.  more »
  • Last here in 2005 and in the 12 years since, there has been a lot of improvements with more to come in the future. A great day for all the family, friends, groups, etc. This is a living museum of the ...  more »
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  • This place in incredible. Like stepping back in time! It was very busy when we went but this did not spoil the enjoyment of our day. The exhibits are very well preserved and the staff are so friendly and helpful, they really stick to their roles. So educational for the kids but also great for adults alike. Also when you pay for one day you get a years return pass for free and we definitely will be returning!
  • We had an absolutely fabulous day at Beamish. We were lucky enough to go on a day when they had the Georgian Fair. We took an old tram to the Town and spent a long time there visiting all the houses, shops, bank..... and the sweet shop which stocks all the old favourites, also a fabulous cafe and park. The two guys who look after the horses spent a long time explaining to me and my son (who just loved the horses and could have spent all day working with them) what they were doing and the chores that the horses had that day, obviously very well looked after horses who are kept busy. Then we walked to the Georgian Fair which was brilliant, we spent 4 hours there and again, all the staff and volunteers were so friendly and obviously passionate about their work. We did not get a chance to see the whole of the village because we took a long time enjoying what we did see but it's a good excuse to visit again as the price of the ticket allows you to visit throughout the year. We can't wait to go back! Thank you Beamish for an unforgettable day.
  • Love this place. The people really get into the swing of it by dressing up. Weekends they have stuff on as both the times we went things were happening. You pay for yr ticket and it lasts a year which is good because you can't do it in a day
  • Great place to visit travelling back in time. I would really recommend Beamish. Great fish and chips in the colliery or pleasant restaurant in the town where there are houses livery stables shops including a sweet shop and bakery I go quite often my 3 yr old grandson loves it. You can make use of the trams or walk round the area. There is a farm and cottages. There is an old fun fair manor house and old rail station all to visit on the way round it is a lovely walk
  • what a brilliant place to visit and take the kids you pay once about 11.00 pound a adult and then you can revisit as many times you like throughout the year. If you kids like trains this is defiantly for them. You can also go down the coal mine make sure you wear fully covering footwear as your feet will get wet. A great little pub you can also take the dog in. And the sweet shop well let say take a carrier bag they have all the old favourites all brought on the 1/4.

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