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Beck Isle Museum

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Address: Pickering, Pickering YO18 8DU, England
Phone Number: +44 1751 473653
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Housed in what was intended to be England's first agricultural college,...

Housed in what was intended to be England's first agricultural college, this fine historic building is Pickering's hidden gem. We have 27 rooms or areas of separate displays, covering many aspects of local, social and family history, militaria and everything weird and wonderful. Thousands of objects are thoughtfully displayed in re-created period shops throughout the building. On our special event days we have a number of working craftspeople, covering such crafts as Printing, Blacksmithy, Costumery, Rag-rugging. Lacemaking, Quilling, Quilting, Spinning, Butter making etc. We have an Activities Room where children may play Victorian games, a riverside picnic area, a gift shop, modern toilets including disabled facility and baby changing unit, disabled access and DVD for disabled visitors. We are open 7 days a week from February to November 10 a.M. To 4 p.M.

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Quick stop that lasted three hours!

We intended a quick visit with my eight year old grandson but he found enough to keep him interested for three hours. The volunteers who explained the various practical exhibits... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 October 2016
aeaton52
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Blackpool, United Kingdom

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Blackpool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We intended a quick visit with my eight year old grandson but he found enough to keep him interested for three hours. The volunteers who explained the various practical exhibits in the rooms were enthusiastic and a fund of knowledge. The museum looks small from the outside but this is deceptive as it covers two floors with outbuildings and a... More 

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1 Thank aeaton52
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

One of the advantages of our new entry charging system is that you can return for 12 months at no extra cost for as many visits as you wish, which is very useful with the time necessary to see our 27 areas of exhibits. We try to appeal to all ages and our education room with it's attractions for children... More 

Darwen
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29 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016

We enjoyed our visit, the staff were very friendly, we were amazed at how much you can get into a small space, it told the history of the local area, well worth going, entrance tickets are valid for 12 months so go as many times as you wish.

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1 Thank Bob F
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, we are pleased you enjoyed your visit, we believe we give excellent value for money especially with the option to revisit in the next 12 months with nothing more to pay. More 

Doncaster, England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 October 2016

had a few days around pickering this museum took us right back in timeba bit of a hidden place if you don't know about it

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1 Thank Carole F
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking the time to visit our museum and post a short review, we do our best to advertise our presence round the town especially in the town centre, but the closure of our Tourist Information Centre has affected many attractions in the town. More 

Kettlebridge
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9 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

A museum packed with local history and fantastic artifacts. Its packed from the front door right through the rooms, corridors and stairwells.

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1 Thank tamraith
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Many of our visitors are surprised by the range and variety of our exhibits and return for further visits to ensure they see all our 27 areas of exhibits. More 

York, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 October 2016

While it looks small from the outside, Beck Isle just goes on and on, and has some fascinating collections in it's recreated rooms and shops. Well worth a look if you have a couple of hours to spend.

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1 Thank Beth B
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Our 27 areas of exhibits need at least a couple of hours for a thorough look round, we are regularly described as a tardis by visitors. More 

London
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 130 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 October 2016 via mobile

We visited the museum having taken the steam train from Whitby to Pickering. It's located just around the corner from the railway station. It offers an insight to life in a Yorkshire market town from the early 20th century. There were several recreations of shops - tailor, chemist, toy shop, haberdashery and my favourite, a Victorian pub. There were lots... More 

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Mike H, Trustee\Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Many of our visitors come by train from Whitby and fit in a visit to the museum before the return journey, we have found that our new offer of a return visit at no extra cost within 12 months has been well received by these visitors, as they sometimes run out of time once they are in the museum and... More 

Chesterfield, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

Attended the museum when we went to Pickering 1940`s weekend. The museum costs £3.00 each for admission, which is definitely well worth it. There is so much to see it could take a good 3hrs to get around. The museum has 2 floors which has a chairlift to make the first floor accessible. A very pleasing visit with helpful volunteers.... More 

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1 Thank Aileen B
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Thank you for taking time to review our museum, you visited on one of our busiest weekends of the year with our special discounted price. The 1940s weekends seem to grow in popularity every year, unfortunately the weather was not really kind to us this year but it did not seem to deter visitors. More 

Essex, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 October 2016

We visited this museum in October, there was a warm welcome from the receptionist, and she showed us where to go. There's a lot to see, set out in areas, mostly from before the 2nd world war, we spent a couple of hours here, and I think we saw all of it, in the back garden there's some farming implements,... More 

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1 Thank Maureen P
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

We are well known for our knowledgeable and welcoming stewards, as we are a volunteer run independent museum it is impractical got us to operate a refreshment area when we have dozens of cafes and eating places already in Pickering. With regard to our disabled visitors, being a Grade 2* Listed building we have problems with access to the first... More 

Bicester
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 October 2016

A whole way of life shown in photos, images and artefacts! Such an interesting walk through time. Well worth the visit.

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Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

Don't forget that if you enjoyed your visit and would like to return, by retaining your receipt you may return as many times as you like in the next 12 months at no charge. More 

Horwich, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2016

A very interesting museum of the history, growth and life in Pickering. The collections are extensive interesting and very well displayed in a number of themed rooms, providing 'reconstructed' workplaces. As a historian, I recommend this museum in the highest terms, it is a perfect learning environment for children, and adults alike.

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1 Thank markbeaumont60
Mike H, Trustee/Director at Beck Isle Museum, responded to this review

We thank you for taking time to review our museum, we try to offer something of interest to all ages, but obviously the 'older' generation recognise many of our displays. More 

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