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“very enjoyable”

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Ranked #5 of 49 things to do in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / lift
Bishop Auckland, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
184 reviews
120 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“very enjoyable”
Reviewed 1 March 2014 via mobile

We wanted to visit somewhere new so decided on the winter gardens as we had heard things about it before had never been even though we have passed it many times before. Firstly its free entry with donation boxes in the entrance. Even a couple of quid donation is worth it to keep the place going. There are several rooms containing exhibits which all get tied into the local area one way or another. With small children we particularly enjoyed the animals and the winter garden greenhouse. With 3 floors we managed to spend a good few hours there walking around at a leisurely pace. We also visited the Eden cafe within the museum which served lovely food at reasonable prices. The only negative that spoilt our visit slightly was there was a heavy shower outside and quickly become full of kids running around thinking it was an excellent choice of venue for hide and seek. This obviously isn't any fault of the museum as such but equally there didn't seem to be anyone around to tell them to behave either. At the end of it all though it is an great place to visit a d thouroghly enjoyable.

Visited March 2014
Thank Michael S
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English first
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“It's Free”
Reviewed 12 January 2014

There's something here for everyone and kids love it. Learn about the coal mines, Pottery, Glass, Old Sunderland, Ship Building, Wildlife etc. There are plenty of toilet facilities and a restaurant and a fantastic Winter Gardens with a pond and huge Koi Carp and a lovely park to walk round also large pond with ducks. This attraction is a must see if you visit Sunderland.

Visited August 2013
1 Thank George N
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Port Talbot, United Kingdom
1 review
“Family morning out”
Reviewed 11 January 2014 via mobile

Was a great place to visit, the kids find history very boring but enjoyed every bit of the museum .. great day out.

Thank corriesinead
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Fantastic and Free”
Reviewed 7 January 2014

Just visited Sunderland Winter Gardens today and was extremely impressed. The Museum has so much to offer including local social history, shipbuilding, mining, art exhibits, natural history and geology. Much better than some museums which charge an entrance fee. If you take kids there are some 'hands on' things for them to take part in. The glass house has a lovely walk at tree top level and large fish in the water below. The café served really nice food at very affordable prices and there is a shop selling books,gifts etc. Outside there is the lovely Mowbray Park with lake and swans, and just outside the museum entrance there is a very impressive memorial commemorating those lost in all of the various wars through to modern day. An excellent day out.

Visited January 2014
1 Thank 123186394
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
“Closed for 2weeks!!!!!!”
Reviewed 28 December 2013

Can't believe this public building is closed for 2 weeks over the Xmas school holidays!!!!! Went there today with the family and was surprised and disappointed to be greeted with locked doors!! Other people outside were complaining to! Not good!!!

Visited December 2013
1 Thank Geri3402
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