Beamish Museum, Beamish
Categories: Specialty Museums, Museums
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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We seemed to land lucky in that Beamish wasn't too busy, but there were enough people around to make it bustle. Judging by other reviews I'd avoid holiday times etc. We had a great day out, really enj... read more »
This place is a wonderful walk and ride through the 1800's and 1900's (they're looking to get funding for the 1950's area, so hopefully they get it). This place is a top visit, it's amazing what they ... read more »
What a great attraction this is. We had planned to spend one afternoon there and ended up spending two days there. There is so much to see and do, and the staff, who explain how things were back then ... read more »
Great place and most staff really helpful - the historical value is extremely good and must be hard to replicate daily. Great value in terms of pay once and return as many times as you like. Only thing that lets the place down is over priced and quite poor food, maybe that's just me and i am a food snob. Overall well worth a visit - love the dentists and the garage...
Love Beamish. Great way to spend a day out. Not to expensive inside either. Would recommend taking a picnic though as found not many choices when it comes to dishes served for dinner. When I was there think the restauramt only had about 4 different hot items to choose from.
You need a whole day to explore this open air museum. It will transport you back to the early 1900's when life was slower and more peaceful. Explore the tranquil green pastures whilst watching a farmer plough the fields . Travel on the trams around the town and farm, stop off at the different locations. Take time to explore the building interiors including the Victorian school, the dentist's surgery, the town houses, the shops and pit villages etc. Enjoy a tasty lunch at the tearooms. It's a full day of learning or reminiscing and relaxation.
I love Beamish. I had a lively day on Thursday 18th with some residents from work. And I can say all the staff were amazing. Would help with wheelchairs if we needed it without us even asking. Made time to talk to our residents. Drivers on the bus were lovely.
For us only living 10 minutes away this place offers fantastic value. There's plenty to do and see here from trying homemade scones or taking a ride on the tram to travel around the grounds. The fish and chips are a must but be prepared for a wait. All in all this is a great place to get some fresh air and take in a bit history.
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