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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: Bathroom facilities, Activities for young children, Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access, Activities for older children
Reviewed 16 August 2014

It is over 20 years since we last visited Beamish and the development is certainly impressive, this place certainly gives you the feel of stepping back in time. The pit village has a ver authentic feel, the school brings back vivid memories of childhood, a childhood much simpler than that to be experienced today, with advantages and disadvantages. The drift mine was well done and certainly worth a visit.

The Town once again had a very authentic feel, and was interesting to see.

There is much to see and do, and it seems unfair to try and bring out highlights, but the brief glimpse into the lives of ordinary people in different places of work and circumstances really does bring history alive. Something here for all ages.

Oh and I love the trams and buses to get around the site.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

The award winning Beamish Museum is unique. There is nothing quite like it anywhere. For me, on my second visit, it is again reliving the ancestral past of my mining forebears. My grandfather, great grandfather and great-great grandfather laboured hard and long in the pits of the County Durham and Tyneside coalfields. Today it is difficult to imagine how a nine-year-old boy could spend many hours each day working on his hands and knees in the darkness, hacking at a coalface, then coming home to share the water in a tin bath with brothers also caked in grime from their exertions. And then to also share a bed with the same siblings in cottages overcrowded by their large families. But Beamish offers an accurate and authentic recreation of just such a close knit community; one so common to almost every village and town in the north-east. It's like being immersed in a Catherine Cookson novel. The only palatable link to the 21st century are the visitors to the museum; everywhere else is another time, another place of long ago.
Exploring the miner's cottages, entering the pit shaft and browsing the old shops of the high street is a very real reminder of how my ancestors lived, worked and occasionally played, from the authentic homes to the everyday clothes, food, goods and services. It's a walk into the world of generations long gone but because of Beamish, never forgotten. So step through the entrance portal for a memorable journey into a bygone era.
There's adequate parking at Beamish for both cars and buses although much of this is on a hillside. Admission charges currently are £18 for an adult; £10 for a child and £13.50 for a senior. Note though that these tickets can be used again and again for further visits during the next 12 months. So excellent value.
Getting around this vast site which, apart from the mining village, the town centre, and the colliery, also includes an historic, farm, railway station and manor house is catered for with a variety of transport. There are the old fashioned tramcars, charabancs, buses and a steam railway. Or of course you can just walk but then you might miss out on some of the attractions.
No effort has been spared in re-creating the past and indeed many of the buildings are original and have been re-located here. Everywhere you go, you'll find friendly people dressed in traditional costumes and offering a fund of historical information and demonstrating everything from making boiled sweets, to ploughing a field with a horse. There are reminders of early dentistry, home-cooking, baking and schoolroom education. In the main street the road is cobbled and there's also a park with a bandstand where families would meet on Sundays.
Refreshment can be taken alfresco at many of the outdoor benches or inside the large café. Or you might want to try the fish and chip shop.There's also an old fashioned pub selling ale.
Beamish opens at 10 am and closes at 6pm so make sure you arrive early enough to enjoy it all. And remember, it is been expanded and added to every year so there's always something new. I'll be going back again to retain and refresh my links with my family. Without Beamish, I would only have passed on memories, anecdotes and sepia pictures. With Beamish I can see, feel, taste and even smell the past that was such a very real part of my family's history.

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Reviewed 16 August 2014

This attraction has developped consdierably since we last visited 15 years ago. Everyone was incredibly helpful, trying their best to ensure that the experience was enjoyable. It was an extremely good insight into life in bygone days, in an area that was open, clean, tastefully arranged and above all still developing. I look forward to going back again!!

1  Thank Penny P
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Reviewed 16 August 2014

Having not visited Beamish for a number of years, we returned last week and were once again impressed by the amount there is to see and do. We barely got round half of it in a full day so you definitely won't be bored, and the staff on the trams and at the mining centre were friendly and knowledgeable. The site itself is very spread out but the transport works very effectively, although can be awkward if, like us, you are visiting with older people (for example even on the accessible bus there was quite a steep step up). Tea shop was very busy at lunchtime but we really enjoyed our hot beef stoties! Overall a great family day out with plenty to keep you entertained.

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Reviewed 15 August 2014 via mobile

A beautifully created insight to a bygone time. Well constructed buildings, wonderfully selected staff to complement a period in time. A testament to the North East.
Well done!

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