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Address: Navigation Wharf Carre Street | Carre Street, Sleaford NG34 7TW, England
Phone Number: 01529 308710
10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

The National centre for craft and design is a world class venue, the...

The National centre for craft and design is a world class venue, the largest exhibition space in England dedicated to the celebration and promotion of international and national craft and design.With four exciting exhibition spaces, a stimulating events programme, an inspiring shop stocking the latest contemporary british craft and a scrumptious cafe. Relax and enjoy a creative respite.

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Small exhibition space

A medium selection of artworks of different ages and types. My favourite was the exhibition with flies. I found all the descriptions of the artwork, including the artist's... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
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23 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A medium selection of artworks of different ages and types. My favourite was the exhibition with flies. I found all the descriptions of the artwork, including the artist's background and the artistic rationale, enlightening and helpful in understanding the pieces.

Thank 693clarep
Buxton, United Kingdom
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121 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Having gained only 51 TripAdvisor reviews over four and a half years (at date of writing), the NCCD obviously has issues attracting footfall. Perhaps that's due to the fact it's in Sleaford - once a thriving agricultural centre, now a sleepy provincial town bypassed by the A17 trunk road. If it were in London, it would attract a steady flow... More 

Thank SpiritOfViator
London, United Kingdom
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21 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2016

Really disappointed lacked the vision for a National Centre for craft and design. It is a real shame, the building is great, but the content is far from National.

1 Thank Spookie121
Sleaford, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2016 via mobile

Didn't seem to have anything there just an expensive shop and cafe. The gallery on 2nd floor was lacking anything interesting didn't see another person while going round and can see why :( shame looks very interesting on the out side but seems like a wast of tax money on the inside

1 Thank mewse2008
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38 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2016

This to me is a building that's costing rate payers money.Theres nothing in there.Expensive art etc ?Sleaford people in general never go in the building.recommended length of visit 10 min.

2 Thank Terry K
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63 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2016 via mobile

The Craft Centre's name does it no favours in terms of expectation management. When you read National you expect something big, and big it is not. For a small down attraction it is fine. A few crafty displays (furniture was the latest visits theme), a decent gift shop and café, all in a relatively modern facility. If you're in the... More 

Thank Timothy N
Leicester, United Kingdom
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57 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2016

Does what it says on the box: Craft and Design. Well worth a trip for anyone interested in these subjects. Interesting adaption of the old seed warehouse.

Thank LucaMano
Lincolnshire, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

Appealing looking building, inside was quite disappointing, but feel like you cant complain because it is free. Gift shop was good but quite expensive.

Thank Zoe H
Grimsby, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

The National Centre is hidden away in Sleaford but it is an amazing attraction, being free to enter and having changing displays by different artists throughout the year. There is plenty for kids to see in the Gallery and the coffee shop/gift ship is worth a visit on its own.

Thank Mike B
Durham, United Kingdom
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422 reviews
302 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 232 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2015

Quite a nice building with good exhibition space. Wasn't overtly impressed with what was on display and we spent most of our visit completing the Christmas card competition. Still it's free and worth checking out if you're in town.

Thank durham05

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