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County Durham, England

Beamish, the Living Museum of the North

Journey through this open museum where even employees remain true to period. 

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The Beamish is not only one of the best places to view history, but interact with it as well. This huge open-air museum provides a glimpse of life in England from the early 1800s until the mid-20th-century. Volunteers throughout the museum dress in period clothing and are more than willing to chat about life in the past.

You can also visit one of the many shops found around the museum. These open stores allow visitors to get a more behind-the-scenes look at the objects and clothing found around Beamish. Find the photo studio if you have a yearning to know what you’d look like in 19th-century clothing. The place is huge, so hop on the Beamish Tramway to visit the different eras of English life. 

Know Before You Go

Get there early! One day is not enough to cover the whole ground even with cars, busses, and trams taking you between places/attractions. It's a huge, open-air museum, so make sure to take an umbrella just in case.

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