Hello everyone, I hope you’re well. Today I wanted to share some photographs of a recent trip I took to Beamish Museum in Durham a couple of weeks ago. I love trips like this – I love getting lost in a place surrounded by history, and escaping from the real world for a day. Beamish museum is a open air museum, sharing the story of life in the North East of England during the 1820s, 1990s, and 1940s. It was a lovely day out, so I wanted to share our experience with you.
We got an ‘unlimited pass’ ticket (adult price £19), which means that we can return back to Beamish anytime we want within the next twelve months for free included with our ticket price which I think is great. Since it was only a short drive away from us, and really accessible, I’m sure it’ll be somewhere I return to several times. I’d love to go back in the winter time, and see how the experience compares to visiting in the summer.
At Beamish museum, you can explore:
- The 1900s Town
- 1900s Pit Village
- 1940s Farm
- 1900s Colliery
- 1820s Pockerley
- Rowley Station
- Beamish Tramway
The 1940s Farm –
At the farm, you can explore the cosy farmhouse, the orchard and garden cottages, as well as the British kitchen. Walking through helps you really capture what life was like – with the smell of food cooking, 1940s music and dancing, and see the animals on the farm.
The 1900s Pit Village and Colliery –
In the pit village there was lots to see – a school, the pit pony stables, the chapel (a typical early 1900s Methodist chapel), and the Hetton Silver band hall, where you could discover the region’s proud colliery band heritage.
We also grabbed lunch in the pit village, at Davy’s fried fish shop which was absolutely delicious. It was a great experience to see our lunch being prepared traditionally too in coal fired ranges. There was also Sinkers Bait Cabin as a choice to grab lunch; offering traditional snacks, but we opted for good old fish and chips.
The 1900s Town –
The 1900s town was my favourite part of the museum to explore. It was so interesting to walk around the town, and get a sense of how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the first world war. The town is full of things to explore including:
- Co-op store where you can browse groceries and hardware departments
- Ravensworth Terrace where you can visit the homes of residents that originally stood in Gateshead, as well as the dentist surgery and its tales, and an Edwardian-style solicitor’s office.
- The Sun Inn – a traditional pub which was moved to Beamish from Bishop Auckland where you can pop in for a drink and a snack.
- The sweet shop, where you can purchase various traditional sweets, and see them being made in the sweet factory.
- The bank, where you can view the coins, safes and strongrooms.
We absolutely loved our trip to Beamish, it’s perfect if you want a full day out of exploring history. It’s a real destination point, and worth the trip. And, best of all, with our tickets we can return for free anytime in the next year, so I’ll look forward to see what Beamish has to offer in the winter time, perhaps.
Have you ever visited Beamish museum before?
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