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Review of Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beamish
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes as the past comes to life. Beamish is unique - our objects aren't locked away in glass cases, this is hands-on history! Step into the past and explore our 350 acre site, as Beamish tells the story of the people of North East England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s. Taste traditional food from a coal-fired range, hop on board a tram or steam train, play schoolyard games together and pop into the Co-op shops. Come back time and time again with your Beamish Unlimited Pass, which allows 12 months free entry to the museum from your visit - including all day time special events!
Useful Information: Activities for young children, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed November 4, 2011

It was like walking back in time so many good memories of when we were young. My Grand children were interested in how we lived as children. Well worth a visit with plenty to do and see.

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Reviewed November 2, 2011

What a fabulous place. The staff really bring this place to life...so make sure you ask them questions about the history of the street and all of its themes. Whilst you might get caught out with queuing for entrance during bad weather or winter months, it may be worthwhile booking tickets in advance so you can avoid the queues.

We were at Beamish for 4 hours and had to leave to be at a hotel in Durham. The 4 hours flew by for my wife and I and our 8 year old daughter. The good thing is that you can get a ticket that allows you to return to Beamish within the next 12 months without incurring additional costs. Good idea and we'll definitely be using it.

Give it a try.

1  Thank 2912Uk
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Reviewed October 31, 2011

As my parents live close to Beamish we try to visit as often as we can, we always have a great time but when i visited in October i was really pleased with the changes that had been made and the amount of activities that were available.
It was nice to see every miners cottage demonstrating an activity (matt making and baking) it was especially nice to see the end cottage cooking on the big old oven as this was my great aunts that she kindly donated some years back!
The only let down however was the fish shop! we were dying to try the fish and chips and after waiting an hour in the non moving line we were informed once you reached the door of the chip shop it was an additional hour wait so we decided to leave! (i also have to mention this was only quarter to 11 in the morning and we did visit later in the afternoon and the line was still no smaller!)
Apart from that though the place is fantastic, definitely worth a visit or five =) with favourites being the pit village (and the sweet shop of course =)

2  Thank laura M
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Reviewed October 30, 2011

We had wanted to visit Beamish for quite some time & when we finally got there we weren't disappointed! Firstly,the tickets are very reasonably priced-£16.00 for an unlimited adult ticket-which,when you consider that you can visit the museum as many times as you like for 12 months from the date of purchase, is extraordinary value. As soon as you get to Beamish it is like you've stepped back in time,as you go through the entrance & walk down the slope you can see the trams & buses waiting to collect the people who wish to ride to the different areas such as the Edwardian town,pit village etc. My husband & I decided to take the tram to the Edwardian town & got on,the driver was very pleasant & polite & from the way he was dressed to the way he spoke I was convinced that we had,truly,stepped into the past. We arrived at the town,which at first,seemed a bit eerie,as if a clock had stopped and we had entered a ghost town. This feeling soon disappeared when we entered the houses & shops where there were maids(in the piano teacher's house & the dentist's) & shop assistants(in the Co-op,the sweetshop) plus staff the garage,the printer's & the pub. The maid in the piano teacher's house was going about her daily business which, as it was Monday when we visited,was washing day. She was in and out hanging the washing out & had a big fire going in the range(I could just imagine her black leading that!)to boil the water. After the village we walked round to the pit village via the carousel(which was very popular with everyone),railway station,resource centre & the farm. As it was a lovely autumnal day it was a lovely walk in gorgeous countryside we passed a few families having picnics(the 21st century families). When we reached the pit village we visited the school and saw the teacher teaching a class of children of all ages,21st century children, who were thoroughly captivated with the slates & chalk they had to use and with the wooden desks,even some of their parents were joining in!! We then visited the chapel & the pit cottages,which were extremely small & I had a bit of a claustrophobia moment & had to leave one cottage rather quickly. In the village there was a bakery & a fish and chip shop plus the mine (which you could visit & go underground if you wanted to,I didn't),all these had quite long queues but the people who had been in these attractions said it was worth the wait. We visited every area of Beamish & were there from 10am when it opened until about 4pm & to round off our visit we got on the tram and rode the whole way around the museum visiting each of the areas but staying on the tram. We finally got off the tram at the point we had arrived that morning. We then went through the gift shop,yes I spent quite a lot on gifts & souvenirs,and rejoined the 21st century. We had an absolutely amazing day and are planning to go back in December for the Christmas attractions & we will also visit many more times in the coming year,after all it's not going to cost us a penny!! I cannot recommend Beamish highly enough & cannot wait to visit again. I felt a bit sad,to be honest,having to rejoin the present day and all the hustle & bustle & technological age. One thing that I would like to mention, every single member of the staff were absolutely brilliant,very friendly,polite & very happy to talk about their particular area of the museum. Their knowledge about the roles they were playing was awesome & they answered all questions with very detailed information. If you only visit one attraction in the next few months make it Beamish,you won't regret it.

1  Thank cats94
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Reviewed October 29, 2011

Spent 2 days in beamish as there is far too much to do in 1 day. A fantastic place to visit, i would recommend it to anyone. The ticket lasts for a whole year so you can visit as many times as you want. My favorite part was the pub in the town, had a fantastic pint of pale ale! i cant wait to visit again!

2  Thank simsandsutton
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