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A Day at Beamish: The Living Museum of the North

It feels like I've been travelling all over lately (not very far, but still better than nothing) and honestly it's felt nice not to be frying chips and dealing with customers for a few days and I've been able to actually enjoy my time off (all four days of it). It was a pretty last minute thing for us to end up going to Beamish this time, the last time I was here I was actually here with my granddad and nana when I was roughly 5 (I think?) so it was pretty cool to see which parts I remembered and which parts slipped my mind.

Old-style buses from Grangetown

Beamish is an open-air museum in Durham, the North-East of England, and shows the North from the 1820s right up until the 1950s. We bought the annual student pass for £14.50 each but the average yearly adult ticket is £19.50 and they offer cheaper alternatives for family passes.


I think one of the surprising things about Beamish is the condition of the trams and the different transportation they have (including coal trains), they're insanely up-kept and honestly you really do forget that your car is parked up the road, it's like

stepping back in time. While you're not able to actually go up to the buses and see them in proper detail, you can see employees constantly checking the systems and updating them to make sure that the trams (especially this one from Grangetown) is in a better condition than most. We caught the best of the bad weather that we've had for a while and this helped massively with photo-opportunities and actually capturing the true colours of the different things to see and do, it also (I think) encouraged visitors to stay a lot longer than usual, since everything is outdoors and the only sense of warmth is from log fires which are located inside the old-style housing.


We headed to the 1900s Pit Village which was actually one of the most immersive parts of the museum due to employees being so passionate about the area itself and the history surrounding it. We headed down the coal-mines (you're allowed 20ft underground max. but

the guide told us it headed roughly a mile down with sudden drops for mine lifts at certain points) and we were shown the different equipment that would have been used at that time, including one called the 'Widow Maker'. We visited the farm over the road but we were basically interrupting a school trip, so that visit was over pretty quickly.



The part I remember the most is the 1900s town, specifically the traditional sweet shop (which is always busy, so be prepared for a bit of a wait!) and I also remember the employees dressed up in their costumes. I do think that my memories have changed because I do remember Beamish being a lot bigger but I was only small the last time I visited.


We got on the tram and headed to the Victorian Village which is actually where the Church from my local cemetery has been re-located. But other than that there wasn't much, but Beamish are building a hotel so guests can stay on-site. So we decided to head home not long after that, but we did stop off at 'OK Diner' an American-style diner just off the motorway and it brought back massive memories from when I went to Florida in 2018.


I think that's about it tbf, as always you can subscribe to my blog to get instant notifications for when I next upload! (I've seen who has done this so far, I really appreciate the support!) That's all from me for now!


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