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5 of 5 bubbles 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, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 22, 2012

A good pair of shoes and stamina are required for this, fascinating but enormous, archive of buildings, business, transport & industry. Most of what you see has been rescued from oblivion and rebuilt as an understandable representation of (mainly) 19C life & times. From Banks to Sweet Shops and on to Coal Mines, Tramlines & Railways, it's all there - much fully functional.
For full immersion in this Internationally important National record - find, beg, borrow, hire or s****, appropriate togs (dress) and be part of the whole experience. Find out if your kids want to be miniature sailors, spoilt brats of the gentry or mudlarks & guttersnipes. Could be very revealing!
This is a full day visit so, plan to be exhausted.

Thank vlatava
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 20, 2012

We really enjoyed our day here although I did feel very old at times when I could remember the things that were there!!
The mine was most interesting since watching the decline of the industry.......a sober reminder of the days when the Davy safety lamp was used for work not for transportation of Olympic flames!
I wish we lived nearer as being able to purchase a ticket for the year is a great idea .....I am sure there is more to explore and seeing the seasons change would affect how life would be different depending on the weather!!
Brilliant learning environment.........

Visited November 2012
Thank msox106
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Ouch the cobbles and paths”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

We went here yesterday (Sunday) I had to use a wheelchair and talk about feeling every bump, I have the bruises today to prove how it hurt. Don't get me wrong it's a really nice place to visit but NOT GOOD for disabled people.. We couldn't go in all the places so we missed out on quiet a lot (real shame) yes I know it represents the past here but you have to be disabled friendly everywhere now.
Would we go again?.......no probably not (again shame)
Wheelchair access was very poor, only one lift in the whole place but there is one bus that can take disabled people (only to a few parts of the whole place though) If the cobbles don't get you the slope on the way out will

Visited November 2012
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Beamish_Museum, Public Relations Manager at Beamish Museum, responded to this review, November 22, 2012
Many thanks for taking the time to provide us with feedback. Due to the sheer nature and size of the Museum site, we do face some difficult challenges with regard to access, and try to provide as much information on accessible routes for visitors as possible with regards to the nature of the site, i.e. hills, slopes, inclines, steps and variety of ground surfaces – our Access Leaflet, available in admissions, does show designated alternative routes, which helps to reduce the amount of inclines encountered en route.

We will be continuing to work to improve the network of paths and roads around the Museum over the coming years, with the aim of providing more accessible routes in any new projects we undertake, and your comments will be used constructively to help us make improvements wherever we can.

Thank you.
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“A view to the past”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

Beamish Museum is a little gem. Without doubt, if you like your history and a chance to visit the heritage of the North East Beamish is the place to visit. I enjoyed riding the trams and looking inside the houses, which varied so much between those occupied by miners and their families and the middle class homes. Take the day to explore because you'll need it to enjoy the experience.

Visited November 2012
Thank Michael C
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 19, 2012

You really feel you have been transported back in time,everything has been thought of,from the terraced houses of the middle class,miners cottages,to the manor house.To ride in a old tram or bus is wonderful. It is well worth every penny

Visited October 2012
Thank Susie R
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