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“First visit in 15 years”
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, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase
Reviewed July 8, 2017

Due to work, had not visited, since 2002. Whilst much looked just the same, there has been a lot of change as well. There are vast distances to traverse, so the free trams / busses, were well appreciated. The Town has grown, as many new buildings have opened since 2002, notably the Masonic hall & the Bank. Their entrance ticket, allows you to visit as often as you want, within a year, which is great, as there is so much to see and do, one can not hope to do everything in one visit. We have been back once already, and now we have more free time, will visit many more times, and take our family. Their are several cafe's around the site, of which we have patronised the one at the entrance, and The British Restaurant, which we think is based on the ones that were around in WW2, to provide good meals, off the ration. Some attractions, sell food & drink at high prices, but theirs are very reasonable.

Thank John G
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Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

We visited Beamish Museum this week as we had been meaning to do for quite sone time, I had been years ago as a child but my wife has never been.
From the moment you pull up you are immersed into 1913 and guided to you parking bay by a good old Bobby.
The prices are very reasonable for the time you spend there as it is quite a large estate with different areas like an old village and a mining town also you can go back as many times as you like in a year with your 1 admission. Between all the areas there are beautiful old trams,busses and trains from the period.
The staff stay in character really well and everyone knows so much about their part in the experience and you can ask them anything and they know.
One thing I would say is wear comfortable footwear that you don't mind getting covered in mud, coal and other stuff as some if the attractions are off the beaten path.
Overall we loved it and will definitely be going back.
There are due to add a 50's themed are which will be great to see.?

Great place to visit as adults and with kids as history comes alive.

Thank Paddy T
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

Beamish has been on out to do list for a long time so we were really looking forward to our visit with our 3 year old grand daughter who was longing to go to the promised fairground (playground with rides to her) but it was very very disappointing - WHERE were the fairground rides for little ones? chair o planes that were far to big for a 3 year old to ride , swing boats also no good for a 3 year old plus they were not going so that left only one roundabout, her day was ruined from the start.

The transport was a bonus lovely old trams and old busses for us to use
The tea rooms were lacking in choice of food the cups badly needed washing better all of them were quite badly tea stained OFFPUTTING, the cooked meal we had was eatable and not as expensive as we thought it might be.
We did get a decent cup of coffee in a take away cup served by a pleasant lady at the rations place , never thought I would see the day when I would rather have a disposable cup over a pot cup.

There are interesting things to see but lacking in information eg. .the old farm machinery - what was it we were looking at? no info or anyone around to ask.

We did not get to see it all as the 3 year old was so bored we cut our visit short

We are going to give it a second try while its the 50's weekend in the hopes that there will be more going on - will try the fish shop this time avoid the tea rooms cups and stick to bottled drinks if necessary.

It was a weekday when we visited so are hoping the weekend will be better with more information to be found

Thank SandraW3392
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Reviewed July 7, 2017 via mobile

A great day out with all of the family. I love that tickets are open for a full year, meaning they're great value and a cheap activity for the full family. We're looking forward to bringing a picnic in the summer.

Thank caitlinbarry1
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Reviewed July 7, 2017

Ride the trams or buses, it helps to get around the site. My daughter has been taking her year 6 pupils to Beamish every year for at least 7 years that I know of and the kids really do enjoy going there, particularly the sweet shop, but beware there is always a long queue outside to sample the goodies. It's amazing what has been brought to this place and re-built, from houses to a railway station and the attention to detail is fantastic. Reasonably priced considering you could come back as many times within a calendar year at no extra cost and you can either walk the site or hop on and off the trams or buses as many times as you like and at no extra cost. Go down to the Miners Village and sample the fish and chips but again allow for waiting time as it is very popular. The is also a coffee shop with easy access should you need to take a break. I can't say much more otherwise it will spoil the attaction, but my advise is to go and see the place for yourself.

Thank 4Amigos06
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