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“The best museum ever”
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: Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Wheelchair access, Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children
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“The best museum ever”
Reviewed 29 April 2014 via mobile

An absolutely excellent day out. Lots to do and see, with very experienced staff with lots to share and lots of knowkedge . We will definitely be going back again as there is so much to see. We both wished that the museum stayed open longer.

the entrance fee was £18.00 per person but easily worth every penny, during our day we met some really great characters who made the experience so real....we lived in 1913. Whilst here.

The tramway was simply awesome, you could touch stuff, each house we went in we could sit in the room, feel the furniture and warmth of the real coal fire, we could smell the era...the coal, the cooking, the mine, the farm we could go on forever. The experience is brilliant.

we must mention John Grimes the mine exhibitor and fantastic artist whos pictures are on the walls in the entrance hall (what a great
character),

We would recommend this attraction we will be going back.

For us this was a long journey but worth it.

Visited April 2014
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“Great day out.”
Reviewed 27 April 2014 via mobile

I went to Beamish recently and was impressed at how it had changed and got new attractions. The 1940s farm was lovely and the baby animals were adorable.
The staff were very friendly and were happy to talk to you. They also made it very authentic. The baking was delicious and very nice that it was free.
Overall we had a fantastic day.
My only complaint would be that it could do with a lick of pain as it is starting to look a little scruffy.

Visited April 2014
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Grimsby, United Kingdom
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“SUPERB! Great way to step back in time!!!”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

My husband and I visited on the Tuesday after the Easter weekend when the crowds had dropped off a little and the sun was shining. We had a wonderful experience! For me it was a return visit, i had taken my children when Beamish was in it's infancy just over 40 years ago!!!!
I/we were not disappointed it lived up to both of our expectations. The pit village brought back memoies of people i knew in my childhood and the cottages were a good representation of the way life was at that time. Such a hard life, but, the family's seemed so happy then I imagine due to the comunity spirt that we could do with a lot more of now. people shared all manner of experiences together, not through facebook or via a mobile phone! (I know they have a place today).
The taste od davy's fish and chips was only exceeded by the smell and anticipation while waiting for them to be cooked. Beer battered fish cooked in Beef fat!! Oh dear the health fanatics will have a heart attct just thinking about it.
I couls go on for pages, but, enough to say all other aspects were just as good. I was even asked in the Co op if I remembered my divvy number, being a little divvy I didn't!
I WILL STRONGLY RECOMMEND ANYONE WITH CHILDREN TO ENJOY THIS PLEASANT AND EDUCATIONAL PLACE.

Visited April 2014
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Manchester, United Kingdom
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“Fantastic place to visit”
Reviewed 27 April 2014

This is a fantastic open air museum to visit and although the entrance fee does seem a little steep initially, once you are inside and you see everything on offer it is well, well worth it.
There is a 1900's town with shops, houses, banks etc and you can watch traditional sweets being made in the sweet shop, there are people dressed in period costume who will tell you about the practices of the time.
The pit village has a church, school and houses of the period together with a colliery.
Other attractions include Pockerley Old Hall, a hall from the 1820's a 1940's farm and a railway station.
You travel round the area by old tram or motor bus and all the staff are friendly and informative.
Places to eat and an educational day for children to see how we used to live makes this a really good day out for all the family.

Visited April 2014
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Step Back In Time!”
Reviewed 26 April 2014

My Husband, 11 yr old Daughter and I spent a wonderful day at this amazing open air museum. The entrance fee may seem a lot but it does let you visit for free for a year (check expiry date on tickets as this is not a calendar year). We visited the pit village first which has a row of miners cottages, you walk through their front gardens with chickens and vegetables and in one there were canaries. Inside the cottages show how hard life was, the costumed guides are friendly and informative. There is a methodist chapel, a wonderful school and silver band hall. From there to the drift mine - wonderful young guy was our informative and entertaining guide. There are numerous items of machinery to look at and the famous fish and chip shop is nearby with outside picnic tables and fish and chips made in a coal fired fryer and fried in beef dripping - while nice they weren't outstanding and were quite expensive for the meagre portions, we'll probably bring a picnic if we visit again. We visited the farm which is set in the 1930s and is one of only 3 original sited buildings, along with the mine and manor house, everything was rescued from around Durham and Tyneside as it was about to be demolished and painstakingly reconstructed at Beamish. The lambs, piglets and chicks were lovely and it was nice to see the landgirls cottages. We got one of the many trams to the town where you really feel as if you're on a film set. Visit the houses of the middle class dentist (complete with surgery), piano teacher and solicitor. Listen to a band in the bandstand or look around the local co-operative stores. The garage with it's smells and scar showroom was amazing. There is also a pub where you can have a pint, stables for the horses, sweet shop and bakery. After nearly 5 hours our feet were hurting so didn't visit the Georgian town or the Manor house. Only disappointment was the lack of trains running from the station, however our Daughter loved the Ladies waiting room complete with earth closet toilet! Great day out for all ages - dogs are welcome (lots of places to tie them up) and don't forget some comfortable shoes!

Visited April 2014
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