Beamish is probably the most interesting museum in Britain, being a living museum where a town and pit village from the Edwardian era have been recreated, a farm from the forties has been created and an 1830s railway and farmhouse have been created. Also staff in authentic period clothes and trams and buses from the early 20th century add to the appeal. Particularly outstanding features for me were the colliery, the village school the railway, the Co Op and the bank. Also your £ 18 ticket can be used again in the next 12 months, which means a cheap day out if I decide to visit again this summer.
I would give Beamish five stars if not for the long queues at refreshment areas and to go down the pit, which I couldn't do due to the time constraints. Beamish do need to look into this as a few visitors commented on the long queues for some of the facilities. Otherwise, though, a very good day out made better by the excellent weather.
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