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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, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Carlisle, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
32 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed March 4, 2014

Took my child here after she had been there on a school trip and she was eager to get back.
It feels like you step back in time as soon as you enter, You can either walk to each exhibit or take a tram or bus and hop on and off at each part of the museum, it is nice just to walk around on a good day. There is a lot to do and you can get fish and chips down in the pit village cooked in dripping and they are beautiful, the queue does get rather large as it takes longer to cook the as they are done on the old style coal fired fryers but worth the wait and if you want to avoid the queue try getting there at around 11am when it first opens. Lots of green spaces to have a picnic in. All the exhibits are well cared for and set out really well and the staff are really helpful and very informative when you have questions also in several of the houses they are cooking so often a few tasty treats to try. There is a fully working farm too with animals and its nice to sit by the fire. My daughter loves the school in the pit village were you can write with fountain pens and ink wells and probably the only time I've seen her enjoy doing her times table lol! When you buy your ticket it is unlimited for a year and so far we've been back 4 times as its still just as fascinating as the first time we went. Well worth a visit and the museum for all ages for a great day out. There is often themed nights on but these do sell out quickly.

Visited November 2013
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31 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“great day out”
Reviewed March 3, 2014

If you are looking for somewhere that the whole family will enjoy, then you have found it when you visit here.There is something for the old and young alike, no problem getting around as you can hop on and off the trolley bus, visiting different parts of this outdoor museum,Places to eat are reasonable, or bring a picnic and admire the scenery.Great little gift shop as well.

Visited October 2013
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Ripon, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Beamish Open Air Museum”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

I had never heard of this place till my wife suggested to go there with our grandson. He is very interested in history and found this place a delight. It has so many different things to see and do that there really is something for everyone. And the transport, a bus or trolley, from the olden days is a delight for young and old and you do need transport since the whole museum is enormous. A recreated shopping street, a farm and animals and vegetables. A school that can really make you imagine what it was like in the past. And the houses where you can see how people of all walks of life lived. There is much to see and definitely worth a visit, and again and again. Lovely!

Visited July 2013
1 Thank Dennis M
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Durham, England, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
217 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Best fish and chips”
Reviewed March 1, 2014

Renewed the yearly ticket to be able to visit as many times as I like, this gives you the option to spend as much time as you like. For the first time today tried the fish and chips, they were fantastic. The bakery in the town is also worth a visit. There is lovely walks and made even better that you are able to take dogs

Visited March 2014
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Singapore, Singapore
Level 5 Contributor
56 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
“Amazing Must Visit Place”
Reviewed February 28, 2014

I am so glad i decided to visit beamish museum. The experience was like no other. Huge 300 acres of countryside developed into a museum was an absolute treat. I think museum is probably not the right word for this place, there is so much to do and see here it's like an entire day outing and even then u might end up not covering the whole thing. Loved the experience of how people lived 100 yrs ago. Its so authentic that you actually live that life. Enjoyed the city, the school, writing on slates, trying the cookies, using the printing blocks etc. What i loved the most about the place is that its so hands on, it completely engages you. Overall it turned out to be a day very well spent.

Visited February 2014
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