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Beamish Museum, Beamish

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Beamish Museum was established in 1970 to preserve an example of everyday life in urban and rural northeast England in the early 20th century. Because the museum is so large, spread over 120 hectares (300 acres), try to pinpoint in advance what you don't want to miss. The museum features a mixture of original and replicated historical buildings, a huge collection of artifacts, working vehicles and equipment, rare livestock breeds, and costumed interpreters. Explore the grounds to learn about the region’s pit communities, collieries, train stations, and farms. Take a ride on the Pockerley Waggonway, snaking its way through the Georgian landscape just as it would have back in the early 1800s. There’s always something new here, so check in advance for special activities and demonstrations. To visit Beamish Museum on your trip to Beamish, use our Beamish online journey builder.
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  • We had a great time at Beamish! I visited as a child and was worried it might not be as I remembered but it was all that and more besides. Lots of new additions but the same feeling of stepping back.....  more
    We had a great time at Beamish! I visited as a child and was worried it might not be as I remembered but it was all that and more besides. Lots of new additions but the same feeling of stepping back.....  more »
  • Visited on Thursday 12th May was there was only 2 trams running and coach only going from town to top of pit village. There was 7 coaches in 4 with schools Normally we walk but due to a bad leg... 
    Visited on Thursday 12th May was there was only 2 trams running and coach only going from town to top of pit village. There was 7 coaches in 4 with schools Normally we walk but due to a bad leg...  more »
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  • Lovely place set in a large valley. A farm, pit village, Manor House, funfair, transport garage and town were all quite far apart but there were frequent trams and vintage buses to transport you. We also saw specific transport for disabled visitors. However you would need to be fit to push a wheelchair up some of the hills to access the exhibits. I would suggest stout shoes and take some food supplies with you. The ice cream vendor, fish & chip shop, bakery and sweet shop all had large queues. There was also a cafe and shop at the entrance. The museum was very well staffed with people in authentic dress in all the exhibits. They where very knowledgeable about their specific place & time. Just ask them - they all have their story to tell. If you talk to them you will get so much more from your visit. The smell of coal smoke around the site, the groceries, the sounds and the contents of the houses were all very evocative of the eras. Was an enjoyable day - and we had good weather.
  • Lovely place, lovely people. A bit hilly to walk round but there are buses and a train to take you round. Just hop on and off. Queues for fish and chips were long and we didn't have time to wait but they looked good. A lot to get round so a early time slot is better to see as much as possible. A great day out for the family and a little fair there too. Lots of space to take a picnic as kind as you can carrot it round with you! ( Maybe take a wheeled trolley carrier) great to see how they lived and worked. Loved the little houses with their kitchen gardens and the old fashioned shops, especially the sweet shop.

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