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Beamish Museum, Beamish
(4.6/5 based on 4,600+ reviews on the web)
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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Reviews
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  • This was a trip down memory lane. It was fabulous you need a full day at least. The facilities were very good. Worth a second visit. 
  • We had a few hours out to Beamish museum to visit parts we hadn't seen before like the farm and Pockerley 
  • Fantastic place to visit, very friendly staff who add to the whole historic experience. Well worthwhile and we will definitely return 
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  • A stroll down the past which is fascinating, beautiful and fun. All the staff are super friendly. The fish and chips is legendary and the tea room very welcoming. Top this off with their own made bakery and goods and sweet shop and the sheer size of the living museum, and I think you'll be glad you went. Enjoy it every time.
  • If you want historical accuracy then some of the elements of the experience are a bit fake (the buses are actually modern) but you do get a good flavour of the times and lives portrayed. To do everything justice, you need plenty of time to see each area fully and if it's raining I can imagine that shelter is likely to be at a priority unless you've brought an umbrella. One thing puzzled me about the site. Why is it so big and thus have so much open space. Perhaps I should have bought the accompanying book but i didn't want to pay that much for a guidebook.
  • I absolutely loved it here,a real step back in time. There was plenty going on when i visited as it was harvest festival so the church was decorated,there were women sat round a table in one of the houses making corn dollies,the fires were roaring,there was a small concert being held in the gardens with people giving samples out of traditional food for you to try,everyone that works here looks the part and are happy to chat and answer any questions you have! The dentists was an eye opener.....i can now see where peoples deep rooted fear comes from after seeing all the old equipment that was used and i went down the mine too. I spent 6 hours there (until closing time) and could have stayed longer but the other beauty of this place is once you've bought your ticket you can come and go as many times as you like for a year.Other plus points to mention are that there are plenty of toilets and places to grab a cuppa,you're never too far from either! The only thing i would suggest is plan your trip depending on whether you mind getting wet or not as you are mostly outside,we had a lovely day for it.
  • What an amazing place to be able to travel back in time to see how people lived. A fantastic day out for all the family including dogs. But be prepared to do some walking and queuing to get the full benefit of this brilliant museum. You won't be able to see it all in one day so don't even try so the benefit of an all year pass is very useful. We will be using ours very soon to come back again.
  • A very large open air museum with a wide range of different exhibits to review and mostly staffed by a large number of friendly, knowledgable and helpful volunteers. Much of the site is accessible for those in wheelchairs or using pushchairs, and those who don't wish to walk too far can make use of the old fashioned buses and trams that frequently circle the site. I'd definitely advise bringing your own snacks and refreshments as the queues and prices can be a bit of a shock. The entry price can seem quite steep too although it does include free visits (without much queuing at the entrance) for a full year.