We are so fortunate here in the North East of England to have the fantastic resource that is Beamish on our doorsteps! I’ve been so many times that I thought I’d share a Beamish review with you today.
Beamish review – what is Beamish?
Beamish is a world famous open air museum, telling the story of life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s and 1940s.
What is there to do at Beamish Museum?
There is so much to see there – you can go in houses set up like they were in the 1900s and stop in the shops in their village – including the grocers and sweet shop.
At Beamish you can find an old school, farm, colliery, steam train, fairground.
The site is vast and you can catch old fashioned buses and trams to get around – or just walk a lot.
There is actually so much that we are on our second trip on our annual pass and will need to go a couple of times more to see it all.
Beamish 1950s Town
Beamish secured £17 million for a 1950s expansion to the open air museum.
The 1950s area of Beamish, features both replicated and original period homes, a cafe and a farm.
This area will also include the Grand Electric Cinema from Ryhope, Sunderland, which has been moved to Beamish brick by brick.
Beamish review video
In the YouTube video below you can see us check out the village, school, colliery, train and 1940s farm. If you are a Downton Abbey fan you may recognise the village from the finalé too.
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Disclaimer: This post was first published April 2016 and updated June 2023.