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“Informative, entertaining and good fun”
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: Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed July 23, 2013

What a great way to spend a day. There is so much to see you really need to get there early. The staff there dress in period costume and obviously enjoy their work. We were lucky with the weather and it was great travelling around the site on the old trams. Its well worth the admission cost, and this lasts for 12 months if you want to go again.

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Reviewed July 23, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed this trip with our son aged 10. Thought there might not be enough to entertain him but enjoyed it so much we went back the next day! I thought the £17.50 charge was a bit steep until we were told that these tickets are unlimited and will last you all year - bargain for a family. We also had discount vouchers from a local premier inn (ask at premier inn reception) so also got 25% discount effectively our son got in for free. So much to see. We liked the period staff talking as though they were still in the olden days - made it feel a bit more authentic. In the farm houses and shops there is little bits of home baking made to the original recipes for you to try. Our son loved the various forms of transport around the park and going down into the mine, and I understand that there are plans for it to expand making a little Georgian village near the church once funding becomes available. Unfortunately the train at the railway station only runs at weekends and we would have liked to be able to do this. As usual gift shop sold lovely things but was quite expensive. Also you get a map as you buy your tickets but I would suggest you leave the souvenir brochure till the end as it is bulky and heavy to carry around. All things considered it was a great and unusual day out as son didn't realise he was having history lesson into the bargain ;-)

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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

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