We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Interesting and surprisingly uncrowded”
Review of Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beamish
Certificate of Excellence
More attraction details
Attraction details
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
Reviewed July 14, 2013

My biggest fear was that the place would be heaving or too commercial - but they have it exactly right.

Go early and do the mine first as it is best experienced in a small group.

Tea shop is the best place to eat - though fish and chips looked good and was popular!!

Lots to be nostalgic about and some stuff you genuinely didn't know!

Best for children 9 - 12 I would say, with a bit of background knowledge - well until the new history curriculum comes in!!!!!

Thank Leytonite
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a ReviewReviews (6,795)
Traveler rating
Traveler type
Time of year
Language
  • More languages
All reviews
"sweet shop"
in 757 reviews
"fish and chips"
in 583 reviews
"pit village"
in 591 reviews
"trams and buses"
in 407 reviews
"coal mine"
in 180 reviews
"all ages"
in 460 reviews
"old school"
in 85 reviews
"step back in time"
in 226 reviews
"co op"
in 126 reviews
"drift mine"
in 194 reviews
"living museum"
in 160 reviews
"period costume"
in 92 reviews
"different areas"
in 133 reviews
"yearly pass"
in 75 reviews
"open air museum"
in 161 reviews
"beef dripping"
in 66 reviews
"manor house"
in 74 reviews
Filter

5,750 - 5,754 of 6,796 reviews

Reviewed July 14, 2013

What a lovely day we had at Beamish, we didn't manage to get all the way round as there's so much to see but our ticket is valid for a whole year which means we may have the chance to get up there again to see the parts we missed. It's a fascinating window on how our ancestors lived and the volunteers here do an amazing job. We enjoyed riding on the old fashioned trams and buses and seeing the shops. The pit village was another highlight which includes entrance to a drift mine if you'r so inclined.

Thank Hannah W
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 13, 2013

We have been three times since Spring and have not yet seen everything this lovely place has to offer. Unfortunately the catering lets the museum down. Although the pub is okay, the tea room and the entrance cafe stand out as real disappointments (haven't tried the chippie). The £3.50 bacon stottie was mean, boring and overpriced, and the £5 Beamish Rarebit was very strange indeed, The catering staff seem uninterested and unskilled and there seems to be no effort to explore the cooking of the North East. Forget the pease pudding; quiche anyone?
Bring your own food and enjoy the best attraction in the North.

Thank Ian B
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Reviewed July 12, 2013

My mother first wen to Beamish about 30 yrs ago soon after it opened and beamed about the place. 30 yrs on it is still going strong it would seem and we found it very entertaining and informative. I think they would do well to consider expanding the themes as they have plenty of land with which to do this but am not sure what it is they could add to it. A worthwhile day out, despite being bitten twive by horseflies...

Thank AgedMan
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
See more reviews
Reviewed July 12, 2013

My initial reaction to the admission charge of £17.50 was "Wow that's a bit steep" but they nearly earned it. Charging £1.50 for the carousel was unnecessarily greedy and the fact that I never saw it in use in the 4 hours we were there seems seems to indicate that others do too. The staff were great and certainly added to the experience but the catering does not match the rest of the site. Slow, poorly serviced with very limited options

Thank David S
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Beamish Museum also viewed

Durham, County Durham
Beamish, County Durham
 
Durham, County Durham
Newcastle upon Tyne, Tyne and Wear
 

Been to Beamish Museum? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing