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One of County Durham's most amazing hidden gems, the village of Beamish is something just a little bit special. Home to one of the finest open-air museums in the country, this unique and utterly charming destination will give you an experience you'll be talking about for years to come.

The past comes to life once again

Established in 1970, Beamish Museum's mission statement is to recreate rural and urban life in the North East of England during the early 20th century, when industrialisation was reaching its zenith. And boy, does it deliver. There's so much to see and do here that it's almost impossible to fit it all in. The town features a bank, a printer's shop, a bakery and even a sweet shop, all as they would have been in the early 1900s.

Venture outside the town and you'll be able to experience a colliery and a pit community, in addition to a wartime farm, amongst many other attractions. Fans of transport history will also have something to enjoy, as the museum hosts an array of electric trams and steam trains, some of which are operational.

It's no surprise at all to learn that other living museums across the country take their cues from Beamish, which sets the bar almost unfairly high. It's even won the 'Large Visitor Attraction of the Year 2012' from the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence. Although the museum is endlessly fascinating for people of all ages, children are likely to be especially enchanted by the almost magical quality of the historical re-enactments.

A relaxing environment to recuperate

The excitement of the museum will no doubt leave a lasting impression on everyone who visits it. For somewhere to relax and enjoy some downtime afterwards, the Best Western Beamish Hall Hotel is the ideal place to book into a Beamish hotel. Located right next to the museum, the attentive service and high-quality rooms are just what you need after all that history.

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