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“Well worth the £ 18”
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: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Reviewed 19 July 2014

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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Reviewed 19 July 2014

Our first visit to beamish and considering the entry fee is very competitive against other similar attractions and the fact you don't have to suffer 'hard sell' techniques all day this was a bargain day, even more so when you realise your ticket gives you future free access for a full year.

However it could also be a day of suffering if you get bad weather, it's a very open aspect with little shelter, pick your day and you will be ok.

School trips may also be another headache, it's a fantastic learning opportunity for school history projects so would appear popular, this means when you enter one of the small cottages you may encounter a class receiving a talk about the period the dwelling existed in, leaving little room for you to move around, nothing wrong with that, the kids have to learn so just accept it and move on, coming back later.

The terrain is not wheelchair friendly, probably manageable by some but it will majorly affect where you can venture and some exhibits will certainly be a no go area.

So: It's a fairly large area with regular tram and bus services doing to loop, allowing you to drop off at each of the main displays, although if you enjoy walking it's a nice stroll around.

The drift mine was fantastic, the horrors of that occupation hits you between the eyes when you see the real life working conditions.

The dentists was a walk in horror story, the young girl explained the procedure, the torture looking equipment and highlighting the real risks of contracting a disease from unclean tools, that is if you did not die due to the guesswork of the gas usage.

The cottages, farm and manor house all worth seeing without a doubt.

Fish and chips were £20 for fish & chips twice, chips twice and 4 drinks, so price wise it was about the norm of most towns and it was a good quantity and quality.

You need a minimum of 5 hours, 6 would be better and if you really enjoy the slow life and poking in every corner then it's a 2 day thing.

All in all I was glad we went, really enjoyed seeing the old day's and the weather was perfect for us.

Negatives: The seating at the chip shop is a bit limited, another dozen benches would help..and there is room outside for them with a bit of layout planning, the train station appeared to be deserted with the trains locked away, other's have mentioned this also.

All the staff were approachable and friendly and never once showed any signs they were fed up of the same questions being asked.

1  Thank msteve1010
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

A wonderful family day out. Sylvie 551 you missed out by not going down the drift mine just seeing the conditions the miners had to work in just showed how hard life was. Some say the dentist instruments on show have changed working with such instruments I would say not that much really!! You need a full day to explore all areas well worth a visit.
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Reviewed 19 July 2014

We had a really enjoyable day out at Beamish. Unlike many places dogs are welcome and he had a great time. The exhibitions are superb, staff could not be more helpful and the fish & chips delicious, no queuing either. Suitable for all ages a great day out.

1  Thank Jon D
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Reviewed 18 July 2014

Brilliant ,plenty of different places to see with trams ,trolley buses and great little steam engine called puffin billy. We were going to down a drift mine but decided against it .all the staff are very informative ,don't miss the Dentist cottage ,it will make your toes curl .

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