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.
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