Beamish: Time Travel Is Possible

Um, so I was supposed to post about this AGES ago, and just realized recently that I never had. So please ignore the overly Christmassy theme to some of these photos, and step back in time with me to a magical place called Beamish.

Beamish is one of those places that I discovered online before I even came to England. I’ve always had a thing for living history museums, so Beamish was an absolute must on my UK Bucket List.

The whole thing is set up to mimic what life would have been like in Victorian Era England. There is a town, a colliery, a farm, and a railway station. In the town, there are houses representing the homes of a piano teacher, a solicitor, and a dentist.

I also visited the print shop, where a nice older gentleman scared me off platen presses for life. I’d like to keep all my limbs intact, thanks…

Next it was off for a quick look around the railway station (where you can take a short trip on a train drawn by a steam engine), the farm (where I saw a rake that’s even older than my dad’s), and the colliery (where I took a tour of the mine shaft, but it was too dark to take pictures).

But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit that my favorite part of the day was all the critters! Horses, ponies, pigs, goats, and reindeer? They sure know how to pamper a girl.

The weather was kind of lousy and we only had 4 hours to explore, so I definitely want to go back. Maybe in the early summer, when there will be crops growing in the fields–especially since I didn’t really get over to see the farm before we had to leave. Even if we’d had all day, I still don’t think I would have been able to see everything. It is a wonderful place, and definitely worth a second (or third or fourth or fifth) visit!

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