Beamish, The Living Museum of the North is delighted to have been awarded Coach Friendly Status by The Confederation of Passenger Transport UK (CPT).
The accolade rewards the museum’s commitment to providing excellent service for coaches and groups, and understanding the requirements of the coach, its passengers and driver.
Beamish is one of only four places in the North East to have achieved the status.
Rhiannon Hiles, Deputy Director of Beamish, said: “We are delighted to receive this status, and to be only one of four places to hold this accolade in the region. We have been working hard to ensure our coach and group bookings receive a warm welcome at the museum and we are very proud to have this acknowledged.”
The scheme, developed and launched by CPT, highlights the work that cities, towns, local authorities and attractions undertake to improve coach access and driver facilities, whilst providing first-class facilities, access and information, and encouraging coach tourism.
Stephen King, CPT Northern Region Chair, said: “Beamish is an outstanding attraction and is a popular destination for coach passengers. With its ample coach parking near the Entrance, fast track for passengers and warm welcome, coach parties are well catered for and drivers are looked after with free admission and hospitality. We congratulate Beamish on the award of Coach Friendly Attraction Status.”
Beamish offers excellent discounted day rates for groups of 15 or more paying visitors, free admission for coach drivers and group visit organisers, free coach parking and driver hospitality, and free visitor map.
Special packages are available for groups, including exclusive Christmas lunch offers. For more information on group visits to Beamish visit http://www.beamish.org.uk/plan-your-visit/group-visits/.
The CPT represents the bus and coach industry, including consultation on legislation, regulations, operational practices and engineering standards.
Alnwick town, Boundary Mills Stores, in Tyneside, and Crook Hall, in County Durham, are the only other Coach Friendly Status holders in the North East.