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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens

Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP, England
+44 191 561 2323
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Wonderful Building but needs maintaining desperately

When I moved to Sunderland for Uni I visited this attraction and loved how the city had something... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Ashton M
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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
Disappointed Dirty and rundown.

Not worth a visit, dirty, old , rundown, the winter garden is not maintained, . Dust on the plants... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
gregorye116
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Washington, United Kingdom
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Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is a great place for the whole family to spend a day, giving you lots to see and do. Situated in the heart of the city, the museum has four floors of exciting galleries and exhibitions waiting to be discovered. Learn the story of the city and its people and of fascinating worlds beyond. A programme of special exhibitions features both our own amazing collections as well as some of the nation's treasures, brought here through out links with national museums. Regular events and activities for all ages, mean that there are so many reasons to come back, again and again. Admission to the museum is free. Charges may apply to some exhibitions. Opening Times: Monday to Saturday 10am - 4pm and 12 - 4pm Sundays
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  • Average13%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP, England
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+44 191 561 2323
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Reviewed 1 week ago

When I moved to Sunderland for Uni I visited this attraction and loved how the city had something so pretty in it. The gardens were lovely, and it has koi in it's pond. The thing I always come back for is to see the axolotl...More

Thank Ashton M
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Not worth a visit, dirty, old , rundown, the winter garden is not maintained, . Dust on the plants , half are dying, glass is filthy.

Thank gregorye116
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Got a huge shock when we visited here. What a really nice place to visit. Good representation of the history of sunderland and the surrounding area. Lowery display is very good. The portrait exhibition is brilliant and is only shown here london and edinburgh. Well...More

Thank stig1955
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed walking around the winter gardens, although was quite warm in there. Did walk to the top too but wasn't too impressed with that. Lots going on in the museum. Enjoyed the coal exhibition.

Thank Marie J
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went to see the BP national portrait exhibition. Very well displayed, clearly popular, and the museum is notably immaculately clean. Had lunch afterwards...slightly dry scone with refrigerated cream which was too cold to spread wasn't good, the mushroom soup with cheese and mushroom bread was...More

Thank SheMag
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The whole ethos of the museum has been spoiled by the addition of the library from its former premises. The library is now crowded into a small space which is totally inadequate for what pretends to be a large city. A relatively small amount has...More

Thank beckrichard
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Reviewed 10 May 2018 via mobile

What a find, sadly didn’t have time to explore the whole museum, but we will return. The set up was very informative and very well presented. As for the gardens inside was brilliant, outside was a most beautiful day, so walking through the trees and...More

Thank IAN N
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Reviewed 7 May 2018 via mobile

This is a really fantastic place. We have visited before and enjoy it every time. Museum, animals,pottery, art work, interactive for the kids. The winter gardens is brilliant and even better with the dinosaurs in there at the moment. Free to enter what more could...More

Thank LFlowers29
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Reviewed 26 April 2018

The winter gardens were something to be celebrated when it opened again, after it was originally demolished in the 60s, it is however starting to look a bit run down, this place is jewel in the crown for the dilapidated Sunderland city centre, please look...More

Thank DerFrohlicheWanderer
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Reviewed 19 April 2018 via mobile

This place is very very run down. The actual garden part within the museum is shocking. No more water fountain, plants are dying its shocking. The same stuff has been in the museum for centuries, nothing at all new. Very upsetting that this hasn't been...More

Thank lwjayne12
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L S
3 January 2018|
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Not on the premises but if you are lucky you might find on the nearby streets pay and display
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richard c
14 August 2017|
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I had no problems walking about with a stick. I was not especially alert to more complex needs - I am so sorry not to have been more observant.
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Millie R
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