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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 were paying a return visit on our annual pass which makes it great value. We had a great day there. Everything was back in full swing. We arrived at 10.30 and didn't leave until nearly 4 pm. We... 
    We were paying a return visit on our annual pass which makes it great value. We had a great day there. Everything was back in full swing. We arrived at 10.30 and didn't leave until nearly 4 pm. We...  more »
  • I personally thought my visit was okay but I wouldn't go again! The trams and old buses are the best feature in beamish. I was shocked to find out that you had to pay for the fairground rides £2... 
    I personally thought my visit was okay but I wouldn't go again! The trams and old buses are the best feature in beamish. I was shocked to find out that you had to pay for the fairground rides £2...  more »
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  • 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.
  • An absolute brilliant day out not to mention a bargain. For just less than £20.00 you will receive a ticket that will last a year and you can go back as many times as you like. So much to see and do it is simply impossible to see everything in one day. A great learning experience for the young and an opportunity for the older generation to go back in time and relive the simpler times, but sometimes the harder times. So much has changed. What also amazed me was that you could actually walk around rooms, touching and looking at things. Nothing was cordoned off. Trams are included in the price. The only thing you have to pay for is the fairground rides where you buy tokens. This place is rapidly expanding too as they bring in more things! The staff were so helpful and informative too. An amazing day out!

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