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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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  • The trams, buses, and assortment of vehicles were lovely as were the exteriors of the pit village and town. We thought the interiors looked really tired, dirty, dingy and dusty which was a shame and.....  more »
  • What a delightful place. A ticket lasts a whole year so entirely possible to make it a very cost effective purchase. Time slots are currently required for arrivals however this does not dictate how....  more »
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  • I love coming here, especially as one ticket gives you access for a year. The staff are friendly helpful, and knowledgeable about not just local but national history. There are so many things to do that this is quite easily a weekend out, not just a day! They are improving it all the time so it is worth coming back time and again. The bakery is well worth a visit in particular, but always packed so get there quick before the iced buns run out! All in all, this is one of my favourite places to go in the North.
  • One of the best ways to appreciate the past. Fantastic day out your friends, family, education and more and... one day is not enough. Beamish Living Museum has to be visited a few times to be able to see and enjoy all of it. Your entry ticket lasts for a year giving you the chance of multiple visits within twelve months from your first visit without getting out of pocket for it. It is definitely worth every penny, highly recommend 🎶😉

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