Beamish is a wonderful open air museum of the past ways of living in the north of the country. There are houses and shops to visit, a pit village, the posh house, a farm, the whole of life. There are trains, buses and trams to ride and, in addition, there are special events during the year. Admission is not cheap but it is good value and if you can return within the year your second visit (and subsequent ones) are free. For local people, who can visit for an hour or two every week it must be wonderful. For tourists, I suggest making your first visit early in your holiday and then you can return again (and maybe again) before it's time to go home. Disabled access is a problem, with uneven surfaces, long walks and steep slopes. There is an accessible bus but it is only one of several buses and trams so you will be limited. Food outlets are disappointing and queues are long - take a picnic.
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