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“The past suddenly becomes the here and now”
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, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Activities for older children, Bathroom facilities
Reviewed 21 July 2014

What a chance to see how the other half lived. If you're old enough you remember a lot and if you're too young there's a lot to learn. Staff dressed appropriately answered questions at most of the venues and were quite knowledgable. Particularly liked the land girls at the cottages on the farm.

Thank Cheryl095
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Reviewed 21 July 2014

A beautifully sunny day helped but what a fantastic day out. Park up, catch the tram and start at the Town (early 20th C) where there is an awful lot to see and new buildings are going up! Banks, dentist, pub, masonic hall, stores etc all with enthusiastic and knowledgable staff. We walked around the rest of the site but hopping on/off the buses, trams etc was available.Visit the Railway station, Home Farm, Pit village (have a lesson in the classroom if you must) and go underground in the drift mine - it can get wet! Ride on a £500,000 copy of the stream train Puffing Billy before walking to the old Hall. Great day out. Why not five star - not enough places to eat/drink or variety of food (even main cafe by entrance only offered soup/sandwich). When you are there for a day a meal goes down well. Also, £18 each (I know its an annual pass) isn't cheap - perhaps they should consider a price for a day pass. We would love to return and spend more money in the pub/cafe etc but its a long way from home.

Thank PaulBYorkshire
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

We visited Beamish on Wednesday 17th July. This was a day out that we'd been planning for a number of years and only finally gotten round to doing.

We started the day in the pit village where we were headed towards the underground cave/pit expedition. At this point there was no clear signs advising us of what to do to take part but there were people helping themselves to hard hats out of carriages near to the entrance. My husband and myself joined in with this to be rudely questioned and spoken to by a member of staff telling us that we had to wait until he gave us a hat! This would be fair enough if we were the only people doing this but we felt that we had been singled out and spoken to in an abrupt, unhelpful, patronising and rude manner as we were not! Unfortunately as a result of this we decided to skip out on this attraction and this left a bad taste in our mouths all day. This took place at 11:30am and we informed Beamish of this incident.

The remainder of the day - though slightly over shadowed by the above negative encounter - was wonderful. The rest of the staff were found to very interactive, welcoming, insightful and good at bringing their roles to life.

We ate at the Fish Bar and despite a wait of around 30 minutes, we would recommend this to anyone visiting.

At £18 per person i think it is a bit expensive - yes you can spend the whole day there - as we did - but the chances of returning back within 12 months are unlikely unless you have children - in which case you get a second day out for free, or you're an avid historian!

1  Thank OzzyBecs
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

Been before but usually with our disabled children so nice to be able to see everything this time. Had a wonderful day exploring the site and in particular the drift mine which really gave us a feel for what people were put through in the past. Very knowledgeable staff who help put things in context and tell the history of the working class. We will be back but not on the second last day of term with all the school outings.

Thank Barnstormer141
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Reviewed 20 July 2014 via mobile

Visited beamish 18.00 for adults . The contents of the musuem is really good , coal mine very interesting , old school etc the only thing about my visit was I thought there would of been more interaction from the people working there , I was expecting when you went into these attractions like the school , dentist etc there would of been someone there to tell you about the tools etc , but there wasn't , there were a few people in character costumes about but they only spoke to you if you struck up conversation with them , I was told that they do have people to do talks etc but more in peak times during the summer , however if this is the case I feel a little cheated as I paid peak time money , all in all though beamish is a very interesting day out enjoyable family day out .

1  Thank michelle10000
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