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“Beamish - Fascinating Day Out”
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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Surrey, UK
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Beamish - Fascinating Day Out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Some argue that this is an attraction for kids... NO, it is a step back in time for me and an eye-opener for my American born wife. The Museum effectively recreates a Small rural town during significant periods over the past 150 years - not just passively but in actually functioning.

We went on a February day when it was bitterly cold & we'd had quite a bit of snow overnight. We'd bought our tickets in advance to avoid the queues, however the snow did that for us - the website told us they were delaying opening for an hour to clear the paths & make it safe.... they did a good job. When we got there, although a Saturday in the school ½-term... it was almost empty, so we loved that as we don't like crowds.

So, my time is limited for this review but I would say that the busses & trams mean that transport for the elderly is OK, though wheelchairs might be restricted..... there wasn't a great deal of accessibility in 1860; though the site is quite good (though not the mine). Kids will love the sweet-shop, adults will love the parts that tie in with their jobs. Going into the mine was excellent.

Best Bits: Good food, good loos, interesting. The staff were FABULOUS and really wanted to make our day (one poor guy... we were his first customers at 3:15pm because of the cold!)

Weaknesses.... maybe too much to try and "do" it all in a day. In the snow the picnic tables are not much use!

Tips: Buy a ticket on the web. Take a flask of hot tea.

Visited February 2013
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

Excellent museum, been many times over the years. Great for all ages, love the old sweet shop and pub. I'm long overdue another visit.

Visited April 2012
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Worthing, United Kingdom
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84 reviews
10 attraction reviews
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“Very interesting with good staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

We visited on Mother's Day but there did not seem to be any celebrations. However it was also snowing! The site is so huge that it is not really suitable for bad weather although there are buses and trams. We cut short our visit because of the weather but really enjoyed the parts that we saw. The staff were very impressive and we were assured that there were no traces of pit pony in the meat pies!!

Thank M0n0r
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Durham, Uk
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118 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 82 helpful votes
“Ok, better if you have kids”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 9, 2013

This is a very cose attraction to me. This was the p,ace we always used to go on school trips, and it seemed amazing back them, but as an adult, without kids, it isn't as amazing - but still a good way to spend a day.

They have a tram, farm, coal mins and other old fashioned buildings (schools, shops etc). The sweet shop is awesome,

I did really enjoy walking into a mine and learning about the conditions there, and it's actually quite harrowing hearing how many people died in the mines, and accidents that happened in mines in the north east. It was interesting, but that was the only real highlight for me.

The day we want the weather was not that great, that probably didnt help the experience. It was cold and rained a bit. On a sunny day you could take a picnic and sit on the grass, that would be lovely.

The ticket price for 1 day is the same rice as 1 year, so obviously take the year and you can go back as many times as you like. I should go back in nicer weather and reaLy take advantage of it there, and maybe my review will be a bit better.

Visited August 2012
Thank Sbchannel
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Sundrerland, England
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114 reviews
71 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Step back in time !”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is one of the BEST attractions in the NORTH, and a must visit place. It takes you back to the old days, with working trams, farm,coal mine & many more interesting features. Best time to visit is oin good weather, so that you can have a picnic. Make sure you go early as you will fill a day in very easily.

Visited June 2012
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