Beamish–The Living Museum of the North

Every time we talk about going up North, Chris always had good memories of visiting Beamish Museum as a school child.  He was SURE I would love it (he’d right I did – minus the migraine).  It is a museum set up on lots of land.  Its all connected by trollies and old busses.  Everything is historically correct – even the staff dress in period clothing.  There are different parts of the museum – first was Pockerly Old Hall and Pockerly Waggonway.  It was an old house and an old rail station.  I think this was my favourite part of the day (maybe because it was first and I wasn’t so tired, but who knows!)

 

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Next we took the bus to the town.  It had an old co-op (store), bank, houses, candy shop, newspaper press, etc.  There was even a Masonic Temple.  It was really interesting and it really felt like you had stepped back in time.  You could even watch them make sweets.  We got a free sample and it was horrible!

 

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There were a few school groups visiting on the day we were there – but none so cute as the kids (and teachers) who dressed up as Victorians!

 

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The we stopped by the railway station outside of the town and then headed to the Pit Village.  Mining is a huge part of Northern England’s history so there was a coal mine.

 

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By now my migraine had kicked into high gear.  So there was one place left to visit – Home Farm.  I must admit I LOVE visiting farms and petting the animals – but this one, not so much!  It was up a huge hill and Chris and I aren’t in the best of shape anyway – well, walking up the hill about did us in and by the time we made it to the top we couldn’t be bothered to explore too much.  I did get to see a lamb – but that was about all.  We decided to head back home.  We’d been there over 4 hours!  It was such a great place and I think kids would LOVE it.  Its no wonder Chris has such happy memories of it. 

 

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