Beamish Open Air museum is amazing! I first went there in Primary school and now make a yearly pilgrimage at the very least to the museum! Everytime enjoying it as much if not more than my first Beamish experience. Its educational and interesting. The staff are fab, they are very friendly and make you almost believe in your surroundings. School trips, if you are ever lucky enough or have been lucky enough to experince are the ultimate experience...you really do feel as though you have stepped back in time, but equally the family experince is enjoyable. The sweetshop is fantastic and the fun fair when it is there is always a good laugh!
If you haven't already been here you should go because I doubt very much you will be disappointed. Even for those not fond of the whole museum thing! Its for you too!
I think this museum is definitely one of my favorite all time family/ school trips, and it is perfect for anyone who takes the "I wonder what life was life?" approach to the study/interest in history1