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Beamish Museum, Beamish

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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  • Really disappointing, all looks tired, no upkeep at all, clearly funds are not being used correctly.  more »
  • This place is great. We came from Blackpool and stopped over in Darlington (a great place too). Lots todo and see. A great way of showing young people how life was before phones and tech. Some adults ...  more »
  • Took my 3 children here (ages 16, 14, 11) as was struggling to find anything to do with kids that age. It was brilliant walked round for 6 hours. The old buses and trams were fantastic. The funfair wa...  more »
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  • Excellent day out. Step back in time to experience life in the 1900's. Hop on the bus or tram and head up to the town centre or the farm, mine, railway station and many other places of interest. All the staff are dressed in period costume and you can buy old style fish and chips and confectionery. Good quality and reasonably priced restaurant located at the town centre. Buy your ticket and you can return anytime during the year. Excellent value!
  • This place is so educational. A great place for both adults and children to learn about the past . Well worth a visit. The transport around Beamish is fab . Making it easier for people with disabilities to get around to making it easy access to all areas. They cook there own fish and chips which are just fantastic. We decided we would go back just for those.
  • A fascinating place, giving a genuine sense of immersion into Britain's past. The staff are more than part of the exhibits, with many offering a wealth of knowledge on their subjects. If you go, take the tour down the coal mine: you won't regret it. Word of advice, though. You'll need to days to see it all.
  • Beamish is a fantastic day out for people and families of all ages. Full of interesting features, great places to eat and just a fantastic environment to spend a full day. You'll need plenty of time bit your ticket is valid for a year so you can go back as many times for free!
  • Well worth a visit. Allow a whole day. Tickets allow for entry for the following 12 months. Special events seem to be mostly held at weekends. Superb collection of modern history artefacts. Nostalgic. 1940's setting for farm, Victorian town setting. 1900's pit village and more. All accessible by regular tram service. Excellent lunch at tea rooms in town. Holidayed in the area especially to visit.

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