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“Great attraction for old and young”
4 of 5 bubbles Review of Beamish Museum

Beamish Museum
Ranked #1 of 2 things to do in Beamish
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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 older children, Bathroom facilities, Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children
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“Great attraction for old and young”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Wonderful family friendly attraction - staff in period costumes always make visitors feel transported into the past very friendly and knowledgeable
You could spend all day at the museum as there are several areas to visit and many activities and demonstrations taking place daily
Riding on the trams/buses is always a treat although they can be very busy at certain times of the day/ year (school holidays etc) so if you want to get the tram you may have to wait a few minutes for the next one if it's busy
Make sure you wear walking shoes as the museum is large and covers several different 'areas'
The circular walk around the museum is often overlooked by visitors but is nonetheless a unique and enjoyable way to experience the museum - If the sun is shining!
Dogs allowed on leads although to best experience the museum if this is your first visit I would not recommend taking a dog as there are several houses/ shops etc especially in the town and pit village , which are quite small and unsuitable to take dogs inside them.
We always stop at the old fashioned sweet shop in the town to experience sweet making demos and taste testing - the best part of visiting the museum :)

Visited July 2014
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“Beamish Open Air Museum.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Enjoyed two visits here in three days and planning to return again soon. The most wonderful, full day out for all ages of the family. Something for everyone, and spread out so even if there are crowds you can find a space to enjoy a quiet picnic. Seats every few yards for those who need to take it slower. The staff are marvellously informative & answer all your questions with a detailed & entertaining explanation. Marvellous happy atmosphere & would highly recommend to everyone. Please ignore any negative comments as there really is no better place to visit. Super value for money with lots of special events throughout the year. Please visit soon!

Visited July 2014
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Nottingham, England
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“Plenty to see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2014

Given the amount of things to do and see here, the admission price is good value for money. Add in the fact the ticket is valid for a year makes excellent value for money.

There was quite literally, too much for us to see and visit in one day even with the regular run of trams and old buses taking you between each of the sites.

Whilst I appreciate Beamish do want to sell their guide books, I did think there was a lack of information available on each of the areas...perhaps an overview could be added to the site map that you are given at the start. A timetable of whats going off and where would have also been useful.

There was plenty of seating available in the tea rooms in the main town area and although didn't have a proper dinner there, the pastries and the soup were lovely. Staff throughout the site were friendly and informative.

A really good day out for all ages. If you do have a limited amount of time, you do need to focus on what you'd most like to see though. We sadly ran out of time and their were areas we didn't see / rushed through. Would love to go back again and take advantage of the annual pass.

Visited June 2014
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“going back in time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

i have been to beamish open air museum 3 times now and never seem to tire of the place.seeing how people lived and worked in days gone by , there is a town, a pit village, an old hall and gardens , a train station and a home farm , numerous places for food and snacks,old trams and buses to transport people around the museum if you don't want to walk. new attractions are being built all the time and events throughout the year take place.the staff are very good and provide you with lots of information and answer any questions.a ticket is also valid for 12 months so you can visit as many times as you like.

Visited June 2014
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“Great day out”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 July 2014

Beamish is an excellent working museum. Admission prices are good for the value received and there is a lot to see and experience. People there are in costume and are very friendly and full of good information. The layout is interesting as you can use old fashioned transport to go between each of the "villages" which range throughout time from the 1800's to the 1950's. Beamish are increasing the attraction all the time so it is worth revisiting every few years. Really good day and although it is an all weather attraction in that several items are indoors, to get best benefit it does however need to be a dry day.

Visited June 2014
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