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“Amazing history park using authentic period buildings and artefacts. Friendly guides.”
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 young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 23, 2013

We visited Beamish in July 2013 on a roasting hot sunny day. Queues weren't bad at c.30 mins. We parked up at about 11:30 and people were starting to stream in constantly, including coaches. Get there as early as possible to avoid queues and get the most from the day. We got started properly about 12:15 and didn't have time to do everything before closing time. I asked the guy who sold us our ticket what we should do first and he said to visit the colliery & village and then get a tram to the Town, which we did. Go into the mine with the guide. There's a ten minute queue.

I was knocked out by the fact that pretty much everything, from a three-storey engine house with monstrous steam engines, to the rows of cottages with gardens and the old school house, have all been transported from their original locations and reconstructed in this theme park. The walk-in coal mine is the only original thing on the "colliery" area. Each location within the park is visually hidden from the other and separated by a 10-20 minute walk, but take the tram or bus where possible to save your energy. The costumed staff/guides are happy to talk about their establishment and the things their real life counterparts would have done.

Lots of furnished period houses and rooms, shops etc to nosey around in and get the feel for what life would have been like. You can ask the dentist about what 1913 dentistry was like and the woman in the co-op about her stock and the shop generally.

We had a pleasant drink in the pub, which we took across to the village green and sat out in the sun. What's not obvious from the map and guide is that the "Tearooms" in the town is a full on restaurant, not just doing "hot and cold snacks", but some huge portions at good value. I had the biggest baked potato I've ever seen, which I couldn't finish.

Beamish is almost too big to do justice to and we didn't get round it all in the 5 hours or so we had. By 4pm the kids were whacked and just wanted to go, not look in the bank or Masonic hall etc. They did Pockerley Old Hall under protest. It would be a decent attraction in its own right!

The tickets last for 12 months, so we plan to go back again. As its name says, it is "Open Air" so if the weather's bad, it's not going to be much fun, although there are a huge number of things to see indoors. Family ticket plus one adult was about £70 for the five of us.

1  Thank Slippery-Jim
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

The place is huge. Loads of things to see and do. So big it needs its own public transport system. And the trams and buses are classics. Really interesting. You will need a full day to see everything. Well worth a visit.

Thank Simon C
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

It must be 20 years, or nearly, since our last visit, since then they have added the farm and Hall, you need plenty time and energy to cover the lot, one thing that could be improved is the visit to Home Farm, notices remind visitors to wash their hands if they have stroked the animals before handling food, quite correct but a local similar attraction has installed antibacterial gel dispensers it their animal areas where you can cleanse instantly. Failing that take your own

Thank oldieInHuddersfield
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Reviewed July 22, 2013

First time I'd been to Beamish, I was really looking forward to it and wasn't disappointed at all, it was a great day out. We spent four and a half hours there and gave up before seeing the farm, we were shattered! (Well, we'd driven up from Yorkshire and been to a wedding the night before!) We went on an open top bus and on the Blackpool tram, but the "centres" (Manor House, farm, main street, etc, etc) are close enough to walk if you're feeling energetic and we did walk between some of them. Do go to the Masonic Hall, we spoke with one of the volunteers who was exceedingly knowledgeable, absolutely fascinating. Even though it was busy, the queues for drinks/food were quick moving and, okay, slightly captive audience priced, but, actually, not ridiculous not some places we've been. The public loos were immaculately clean! We're planning to go again when the bakery opens (September).

Thank CarannSheffield
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Reviewed July 21, 2013

This was my second visit - my first being about 25 years ago. I was looking forward to seeing the additional buildings etc. and wasn't disappointed. I liked the circular tram ride. (When I visited previously, it was just to the shops and back.) The weather was fine and very hot so I didn't get to see everything. You need 2 or 3 visits to do so I would say. The fact that you can use you ticket for 12 months is a good thing although we are unlikely to do so, having travelled from Devon to visit friends in the area. The staff were helpful and informative except for the 3 on the Wagon Way who my husband said were rather surly and unhelpful.
Food was good in the cafe by the shops. An excellent visit.

Thank graunty
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