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“Back to memory lane”
Review of Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beamish
Certificate of Excellence
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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 older children, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children
Reviewed May 12, 2013

We visited previously about 10 years ago, and as expected there are some extra things to see. It's not cheap but you could spend the day here. The people who are "enactors" are very enthusiastic and knowledgeable about all different aspects of the Museum and there is a lot to learn. They share their jobs and move from shops to the bank or school. Always sharing little bits of information. All the buildings have been brought from other sites and rebuilt in the correct period style. The newest attraction is the hall used by the Silver Band and I imagine there will be outdoor concerts from time to time. We understand due to Lottery funding they will be stabling some pit ponies in the future, for more authenticity.

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Reviewed May 12, 2013

A great family day out,you can even take the dog.i would suggest taking a picnic if you don't there's plenty of places to stop and eat.The staff are brilliant telling you everything about the history of beamish.The trams get full but it's a nice walk round and take a camera you will get some great photos.The highlight of our day was seeing the sheepdog rounding up the ducks,then herding the sheep down the street to the field.the only downside was we took our mam in a wheelchair and there was to many cobble paths,and she couldn't get into the houses.love the fact that its an annual ticket I will be going back again in the summer

Thank Pauline O
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Reviewed May 12, 2013

Hi Guys
We had family over visiting from Califonia, so we had to entertain them & show them our local sites.
We had never been to Beamish museum before so the four of us headed out there for the day,what a nice surprise.
It was a lovely sunny day lots to see loved the old streets & old sweet shop.
The tour of the masonic lodge was very good,great building,the old tram rides are a must.
We also went down the drift mine by just shows you how tough these miners were.
The best way for paying in is to get a year pass is works out cheaper & you can revisit as many times as you like,you'll need to revisit cos you'll never see everything in one day,been back many times,what a great place.
Many thanks the Geordies

Thank stevoo69
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Reviewed May 11, 2013

There really is so much to see and do at Beamish Museum that when you're half way through your first visit you really start to appreciate why their twelve month, return as often as you like, tickets are sold to every visitor.

I first visited Beamish the same year that 'The Town' was officially opened. 28 years has passed since then, but I have to say the 2013 experience was just as good, if not better, than I remember it as a child.

Must see/do:
• The town Dentist
• Entire pit village
• The farm
• A ride on the tram and bus
• Payment system in the Co-op
• Engage with the interpreters – they’re really good!

The massive disappointment is the catering – it is of poor quality and overall a ‘below par’ offering. We’d happily spend between £20 and £40 enjoying a great lunch; unfortunately you just cannot seem to find that in Beamish.

I am sure the food offer will improve in line with their future plans for the site. By no means let my comments put you off – let’s face it; you can always take a pack lunch!

OVERALL: Go to Beamish! It’s fun, educational and thoroughly entertaining.

Thank MarkandJohn
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Reviewed May 10, 2013

This absolutely wonderful collection of old industrial buildings,transport relics (many still operating) and themed actors give the place a real time warp experience.
It doesn't really matter if it is raining either - there are plenty of craft houses into which to pop and the shiny cobbled streete make better photographs.

Need a car to get there or a local excursion. Expect to take 5-6 hours to really see it fully.

Thank ossimandus
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