Beamish Open Air Museum - What a rip off!

#1
Decided to take my family there yesterday for a little Bank Holiday jaunt and I think I should have turned round at the admission gate. Why? £16.50 for adults, £10.00 for kids - that is just pure bloody extortion isn't it? The museum claims to be dedicated to the people of the North East and they're working lives. When I went round the mock pit village I thought of all the old miners of the pre WW1 period who would never have been able to afford such days out if available back then. For them it would have been a miners welfare rail excursion to Redcar, if they were lucky - ironic I thought!!

If anyone from Beamish reads this please come on and justify these rip off prices.

ARRSERS - Where were you on Bank Holiday and did you get stung as well?
 
#6
It is on our list of Places To Take Foreign Visitors. Entrance is expensive but if you get into what is on show, the place is very illuminating as to how things used to be. My father-in-law was a stereotype Geordie and he said that things were very accurate. It does serve a very useful purpose.
 
#8
Hey Cutsy, you didn't get dragged round there with schools twice and then again by the parents. Peed down biblically everytime so wind it!

Wonder what its like not head down in kagugle-that-folds-into-a-bumbag...
 
#11
As a lover of anything historical, I have a huge respect for what is on show there - it shows life in the North East as it was and that is important to preserve. Mad Moriarty wrote about Legoland but you expect that with a theme park don't you and rides are included. Ok, at Beamish you can wiz round on the trams all day but you had to pay extra to go on a ride at the old time fair ground - £1 per token=1 ride.

Someone mentioned Redcar and as an ex resident(now living up the road in Stockton) I went down there to have a look as filming for Attonement was on between 21st - 24th August. It was really impressive what they had done there and I'm looking forward to seeing the film, if just for the Dunkirk scenes!!
 
#12
I pay for entry into Beamish using my Tesco Clubcard vouchers - not like spending real money at all.

If you work out the cost per hour - spend a full day there in summer - and it's compares favourably to other places.
 
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#13
Cutsy said:
Decided to take my family there yesterday for a little Bank Holiday jaunt and I think I should have turned round at the admission gate. Why? £16.50 for adults, £10.00 for kids - that is just pure bloody extortion isn't it? The museum claims to be dedicated to the people of the North East and they're working lives. When I went round the mock pit village I thought of all the old miners of the pre WW1 period who would never have been able to afford such days out if available back then. For them it would have been a miners welfare rail excursion to Redcar, if they were lucky - ironic I thought!!

If anyone from Beamish reads this please come on and justify these rip off prices.

ARRSERS - Where were you on Bank Holiday and did you get stung as well?
Will it make you feel worse if I tell you we used to walk to Beamish and pay 1 penny (large, picture of some bloke on it) to get in!!

Aren't all large tourist attractions expensive though, they are after all businesses and set their prices as a result of market forces ie you paid.
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#16
Cutsy said:
Decided to take my family there yesterday for a little Bank Holiday jaunt and I think I should have turned round at the admission gate. Why? £16.50 for adults, £10.00 for kids - that is just pure bloody extortion isn't it? The museum claims to be dedicated to the people of the North East and they're working lives. When I went round the mock pit village I thought of all the old miners of the pre WW1 period who would never have been able to afford such days out if available back then. For them it would have been a miners welfare rail excursion to Redcar, if they were lucky - ironic I thought!!

If anyone from Beamish reads this please come on and justify these rip off prices.

ARRSERS - Where were you on Bank Holiday and did you get stung as well?
I haven't been to beamish yet, but on saturday i did go to Sandtoft trollybus museum £4.50 (i paid a reduced price of £2.50) its not big but its interesting and you also get a free bus trip round the isle of Axholme, as many trollybus rides as you want, better go when there is a special event, it may be a small site but i reckon for the price its good value for money.
http://www.sandtoft.org.uk/

Bank Holiday Monday i went to the Black country museum in Dudley, that was £11.00 for what you get , Trollybus and tram rides, mining village, with working Pub, Chippy, Shop, Foundry, Bakery, intersting cottages, a canal tunnel trip (extra charge), i think its pretty good return for the money, i also have converted my admission into a donation via "Gift Aid" in return i get a pass for unlimited entry for 12 months, so im waiting for that to drop in the post. good value that, i intend to return again as you need at least 2 full days to cover everything.
http://www.bclm.co.uk/
 
#19
Don't know if it is still possible, but you when we were kids we got in for free..... You see how the farm is on the otherside of a public road, just park up somewhere and have a wonder in there, they have probably cottened on to it by know like.
 
#20
Ah, Beamish. Every year with school it was Beamish or Vindolanda. Or St Mary's Lighthouse. I have fond memories of Paul Renwick dropping his little wallet into the pig pen in the farm in Beamish and the pigs eating his wallet as he stood there, weeping.

Beamish is pricey, but it is a full day out. I went to the pictures the other night with Mrs BedIn and it cost us £13. And that was before I bought 2 stone of gummi sweets from the pic and mix.

I did once take some American friends to Beamish. They almost had aneurisms, it was so British.
 

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