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“Always a good day out - but not a "great" day out.”
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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 160 helpful votes
“Always a good day out - but not a "great" day out.”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

We had looked at the Beamish website and had planned to visit on the day that Santa arrived in the town. We expected it to be busy, but when we got there at 11:15 the queues were still growing outside of the ticket hall. We had pre-booked tickets online, but there were no signs directing visitors to a specific queue. We probably "jumped the queue" by going up to one of the staff and asking where we queued for pre-booked tickets, she just advised us to go to the next available ticket desk, which we did. It would have been a simple thing to make entry to the attraction a better organised affair. Signs placed outside directing people to a specific queue for pre-booked tickets, and for those with annual tickets. To their credit, the staff were processing ticket purchases very quickly. Strangely, at the end of the day when we were leaving the ticket hall, there was a sign advising people with pre-booked tickets to queue in a specific place, why wasn't this there when it was needed at the start of the day? Maybe it was, but it was obscured by the number of people queuing.
Other reviewers have commented on the queues at the Chippy, we weren't too bothered about seeing Santa, so we got to the chippy just after 11:30, just after they had opened and got served very quickly. The fish and chips are good value for money, in fact would recommend asking for a "dab" and chips - "dab" being a half portion of fish, as a full portion was too much!
the fish is quite greasy, presumably because it's cooked in dripping, but very tasty and worth a try.
The day was made more interesting because there was an open store exhibition - this allowed visitors to see items which are being held to be used in future buildings, etc. I had great fun identifying TV's, Radios, etc of the same model that I had once owned!!! From talking to a volunteer we learned that this was one of three stores and that Beamish was actively looking for items from the 1920's to the 1980's for further development.
Every time I go to Beamish there are new buildings / things to see, etc. This time it was the new bakery, although it was too busy to allow us to buy any produce from there.
I always enjoy going to this attraction and wish I lived nearer, as our ticket gives us unlimited access for a year.

Visited November 2013
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Harrogate, United Kingdom
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126 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“not as good as we thought it would be!”
Reviewed 19 November 2013

Myself and my mother came here today the 19th of november 13,my mother had never been here but i had twice,the last time in the mid 90,s .in winter the entrance price is £8.75 for an adult and £6.50 for an o,a.p. which is fairly reasonable but there isnt much of Beamish open in winter,also the museum in winter is closed on mondays and fridays.be careful when you are in the first part in the main entrance building,theres a film projected onto a map of beamish on the floor,its very dark in here! My mother couldnt find her way down the steps without me helping her.when you leave here you wait for a bus or tram,the wait for a tram can be 20 minutes.in summer it must be a nightmare with all the crowds and queues.The staff atbthe museum are very friendly and happy to answer all your many questions.the tearooms in the town are a bit expensive.the most interesting building for me in the town is the masonic hall and the most amazing thing about all the buildings here in the town is they have been moved from other areas,towns,villages etc and rebuilt here brick by brick! The chap in the masonic hall told us the hall originally cost £2,000 to build but to rebuild it here at beamish cost £1.2 million! All in all we were a bit disappointed but i think its great for children and families plus its sure to be much better in summer with more open.ROGER CLARKE HARROGATE NOV 13.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank big_rog1
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Carlisle, United Kingdom
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48 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great but could be Greater”
Reviewed 18 November 2013

Beamish is a fabulous family day out with plenty of quality attractions to fill the day. I visit regularly with the one off payment annual pass and there are two things that have not improved that shorten your day out. The entry process is not clear causing unnecessary queues and delays. A couple of signs at the entrance would improve this. The Fish and Chips are delicious and very popular. The queuing time sadly is around 45 minutes. That puts a damper on the day and also loses sales as people don't pay to waste almost an hour queuing for something to eat. The Pantry queue is not much better. Minor gripes that should be easy to fix. That would lift it to five stars in my books.

Visited November 2013
1 Thank LesT52
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Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom
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193 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“A Truly Great Day Out For All To Enjoy”
Reviewed 18 November 2013 via mobile

What a fantastic day out for all ages. Step back in time and enjoy a nostalgic journey of a bygone era in a working mining and farming community. There is something for everyone to enjoy. Steam trains, trams, old style buses, people in period costume, horse and carts, brass bands, vintage cars, farm animals and more. The chips at the fish and chips shop are well worth the wait, that's why there are queues for them. The freshly made bread in the on site bakery disappears as soon as it is taken from the oven to the waiting customers. The staff clearly enjoy their role. As this is demonstrated through their knowledge about the era and are keen to help in any way to make the most of a truly enjoyable experience to remember. Well worth several visits.

Visited November 2013
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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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47 reviews
13 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic place - one day is not enough!”
Reviewed 17 November 2013

Just the best open-air museum we have visited. Cannot recommend highly enough - more than enough living history to fill several days.

Visited May 2013
1 Thank Heinz1944
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