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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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  • A great experience for old and young alike.We took pur young niece,who was amazed at the way people lived.We purchased a yearly pass for the same price as a days admission,which is great value...  more »
  • Drove up to the car park entrance and asked for directions to the disabled spaces. The attendant ( dressed as a policeman ) gruffly told me that I should already be displaying my blue badge ( before....  more »
  • Beamish is a great day out for all the family with plenty of things to do. Living history at its best. Covid has resulted in several attractions being closed and sometimes long queues. They could do.....  more »
  • I love coming here, especially as one ticket gives you access for a year. The staff are friendly helpful, and knowledgeable about not just local but national history. There are so many things to do that this is quite easily a weekend out, not just a day! They are improving it all the time so it is worth coming back time and again. The bakery is well worth a visit in particular, but always packed so get there quick before the iced buns run out! All in all, this is one of my favourite places to go in the North.
  • One of the best ways to appreciate the past. Fantastic day out your friends, family, education and more and... one day is not enough. Beamish Living Museum has to be visited a few times to be able to see and enjoy all of it. Your entry ticket lasts for a year giving you the chance of multiple visits within twelve months from your first visit without getting out of pocket for it. It is definitely worth every penny, highly recommend 🎶😉
  • What a fantastic museum. We live near the Black Country Museum and this was our first experience of the Beamish Museum. Beamish is a much larger site and has a range of different historical period settings on display. Check to see if your hotel offers a discount, Beamish Hall does, and your ticket cost gives you twelve months access. The site opened at 10am and closed at 5pm (September), we spent the full seven hours there and came back the next day for another six to finish it off before driving further north yo a cottage we had booked. The mining village and the underground experience were very good. The staff were excellent especially the man explaining how the winding house engine worked. On the Saturday the steam railway ran and that added to the experience. The staff in the town shops were really informative and the memories came flooding back of things we had forgotten about. The school was rather eye opening comparing the difference between expectations in 1913 with today. As I said at the outset, it is a large site however there are regular trams and buses that go round the site. Good tip would be to try and sit on the top of a bus/tram when you arrive and go round the whole site, then you can work out how to plan uour visit. When we were there an agricultural show of the early 1900's was an exhibit. Lots of local schools involved and their enthusiasm was infectious.
  • We like museums, especially living museums with staff in period dress and we were not disappointed. Beamish Museum is a real gem. The exhibits are beautifully presented and the staff so knowledgeable and friendly. The way the exhibits are laid out is such that you either travel on the buses of trams or walk, but this gives a distinct separation, which we felt worked well. We are in our late 50s and can remember a time when some of the exhibits were in our lives, such as in our grand parents houses and they brought back lovely memories. We visited the storeroom, where exhibits are being stored for the forthcoming 1950s area and found ourselves pointing at item after item that we actually had in our own homes as children! History does not come any more tangible than that!
  • Wonderful living museum. Brought to life by the men and women who explain what it was like to live in the past with hardship and lack of luxury. You can ride trams, old buses and have a short trip on a steam train. You can see that there is investment in expanding the museum. Plenty of free car parking. Fast track entry if you have purchased tickets online although staff are well organised and keep the queues moving. Generally very happy. When we went though it was the summer holidays and was very busy. This meant that there were queues for the trams and you couldn't guarantee getting on. Of course you could always walk. At lunchtime the tea shop had a long queue which wasn't too bad for us, as we bought a pint from the pub and queued for a sausage roll and cake from the bakery. I did feel sorry for an elderly couple we spoke to who couldn't face the queues so didn't have any lunch. All in all a good day out but probably best enjoyed when quieter.

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