My top 4 – Open-Air Museums in the UK

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Beamish Museum

Open-Air Museums in England
The following are the open-air museums in England.

  • Beamish Museum
    Location: Beamish, near the town of Stanley
    Cost: Family (1 Adult + 2 Children) – £36.50
  • Family (2 Adults + 2 Children) – £51.00
  • Child (5 – 16 years) – £11.50

If you cant make it to Beamish here is a Walkround on Youtube

Beamish is a fascinating open-air museum that tells the story of North East England from the 1820s to the 1940s. Started as a vision of Dr Frank Atkinson after visiting the Scandinavian folk museums in the 1950s. Realizing the region was losing its industrial heritage, he built a living museum that captured the people’s way of life. By doing so, Frank brought the region’s history to life.

At the museum, you can explore the 1900s town and see how families worked and lived. You can see what’s cooking at the Pit’s village or visit the beautiful Pockerley Old’s Halls houses and magnificent gardens.

Visitors can take a ride on Pockerley Waggonway and explore the glorious Georgian landscape. At the Rowley Station, you can see how the railway station looked in Edwardian times. The station has waiting rooms, a signal box, a goods yard and even a couple of wagons on display.

Crich Tramway Village Museum

  • Location: Crich, Matlock
  • Cost: Adult -£19, Child (4-15 yrs) – £11, Family (2 adults / 3 children or 1 adult /4 children) – £43

Visit the Crich Tramway Village Museum and be transported back in time on vintage trams. At the Woodland Walk and Wakebridge tram stop, there are various things to see and do. You can look in shelters along the woodland walk and learn more about the woods or peep into tunnels at Wakebridge to learn about local lead mining.

The woodland walk offers breath-taking views across the Derbyshire Countryside and Derwent valley. If you’re looking for the perfect place to escape for a picnic or explore nature, this is it. As the trail winds its way through the woodland, look out for sculptures along the way.

Crich Tramway Village Museum has an indoor tram exhibition. It takes you through hundreds of years of tramway development – from horse trams to electric trams. Also, don’t forget to check out the archive film features on display at the hall. Projected on the windows of two trams, the films take a look at the history of Blackpool’s trams. You can even see the last days of the tramway system in the 1950s.

Other exhibitions include:

  • Stephenson Discovery Centre
  • Workshop Viewing Gallery
  • Survive and Thrive – The Electric Era
  • The Mobile Post Box – Mail by Tram

Ryedale Folk Museum

  • Location: Hutton-le-Hole
  • Cost: Adult-£8.75, Child (4-15)- £7.00, Family ticket- £28.00 (2 adults + 2 children), Children under 4: Free

the Ryedale Folk Museum is a large open-air museum with historic buildings, it’s located in the picturesque village of Hutton Le Hole. In fact, it’s on the road running from Kirkbymoorside over the Blakey Ridge on your way to the village of Castleton.

The museum covers the rich history of the North Yorkshire region from the Iron Age through to the 1950s. You can find agricultural, domestic and industrial buildings that include:

  • Medieval crofter’s cottage
  • 1950s village chemist and shop
  • Iron Age roundhouse

Each building has ground floor access, but a few have one or two steps. This applies to the photographic daylight studio and the White Cottage. The Manor House has an upstairs with no access other than a wooden spiral staircase. You can also use the outside stone steps.

The museum does not have its own parking, but you can park at the Crown Inn pub car park for a flat charge of £3. Museum open times are as follows:

  • Monday, May 17th – Thursday, September 30th 10am-5pm
  • Friday, October 1st – Sunday, November 14th 10am-4pm

The Ryedale Folk Museum does not have an advanced booking system, but it’s possible to prepay your admission pass online. To receive your Annual Pass, bring your order number on your next visit.

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Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings

  • Location: Stoke Heath, Bromsgrove
  • Cost: Adults – £10, Children (5-17) – £6, Family (Up to 2 adults and 3 children) – £31.50

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings is one of England’s oldest open-air museums. Located near Bromsgrove, South West of Birmingham, the museum is home to more than 30 historic buildings and structures. As an independent museum, Avoncroft Museum rescues and rebuilds buildings in rural Worcestershire.

Located on over 19 acres of land, the museum started with the reconstructions of a medieval townhouse from Bromsgrove. Today, you can find historic buildings ranging from a 14th century Guesten Hall roof to a second World War prefab from Birmingham. These historic buildings cover over 700 years of Midlands history.

There are thousands of objects at the museum that belong to the 19th and early 20th centuries. They range from small domestic items to agricultural equipment and wagons. The museum also has a collection of architectural fragments, photographs, and building materials. These items aid in teaching visitors about the different building types and technologies in the Midlands.

Among the museum’s unique collection is the National Collection of Telephone Kiosks. This collection of telephone boxes includes public kiosks issued by British Telecom between the 1920s to the present day.

Avoncroft Museum of Historic Buildings reopened fully on May 29th 2021. But due to recent vandal attacks, some attractions will remain out of use.

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