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Beamish Museum, Beamish

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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  • Beamish Museum is a lovely period Museum. We visited the town, the fairground and the mining village. In the meantime we also used the vintage bus and tram. A great experience and this is what museums...  more »
  • We simply love beamish and go many times a year, every time I think I’ve seen it all I spot something new and I can’t wait for the 1950s village to open. As the title says beamish is doggie friendly y...  more »
  • Fantastic place! There is good reason that every school within traveling distance brings children here on school trips, its great fun and educational. An enjoyable day out for all the family, beautifully captures how things were in the 1900’s and preserves it for future generations. These are not just replicas of the past as many of the shops and houses are actual buildings from the 1900’s that have been moved from their original locations all over the North East and rebuilt at Beamish brick by brick. The lovely and informative staff are always happy to help and tell you more about the fascinating history behind each exhibit. As it’s such a large place it really is very difficult to see everything in one day. The Beamish website is very informative and can help you to plan out a route or decide on which areas you are most interested in seeing. Good value for money as tickets can be used for a full year. There is a huge free car park, plenty of toilets in all areas of the park, trams to travel between areas, cafes, shops and pub. Most of it is wheelchair and pushchair friendly, the only places I can think of that would be inaccessible are the upper floors of the historically accurate houses. Dogs are allowed in to the park (on a lead and under control) but not inside the buildings.
  • Interesting and enjoyable day out for all the family. All staff were friendly and informative. Stroll around or take a ride on one of many trams. See how we lived in the 1900s. You'll be glad you don't have to endure these tough living standards. Most enjoyable. 😁
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