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“Lovely place to take the kids !”

Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Ranked #5 of 48 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: Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Stairs / elevator, Wheelchair access
Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 5 Contributor
59 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Lovely place to take the kids !”
Reviewed May 28, 2014

Great museum for kids which is free and makes a great day out especially if the weather is good and you can visit the grounds of Mowbray Park. The winter gardens are great for kids to explore with giant tropical plants and koi in the stream below. There is a lovely restaurant and a gift shop. All in all a good educational day out for the kids.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Debi S
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
Level 2 Contributor
8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“worth a visit”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

The museum is very good but the Winter gardens are a little disappointing. The complex has a good restaurant which unfortunately is often empty. Enjoy the museum but don't build your expectations up for the Winter Gardens.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Jameson C
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Northumberland National Park, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
114 reviews
42 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Well worth a visit - and it's FREE!”
Reviewed May 3, 2014

I started my visit by walking round the lovely Mowbray Park, and made it inside the Winter Gardens just as thick fog descended (I’d planned it well!)

Entrance to the Winter Gardens and Museum is FREE. You can leave a donation if you wish.

The Greenhouse is like a mini Kew Gardens! There’s a seat near the Koi carp where you can sit and enjoy your surroundings, if you need to rest awhile. You can climb (or take the lift, when it’s working) and look at the plants from the walkway above. I'd recommend taking your camera with you!

The museum is fascinating. There are displays on things from the prehistoric past to the present day, about coal making and shipbuilding and pottery, and much, much more. I enjoyed the art gallery, particularly the Lowry exhibition. I didn’t have enough time here to see everything, so need to come back and see the bits I missed!

I did find time for a cup of coffee and a cake in the cafe, and can recommend the bakewell tart (brought to my table by very friendly and efficient staff)!

Well worth a visit.

Visited April 2014
2 Thank NUTMEG52
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Gateshead, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“a favourite with my kids”
Reviewed April 25, 2014

a fabulous place.my boys love to visit here.theres so much and its for free.a park,a beautiful walk.and a wonderful museum.my boys love the koi fish(some of which are huge)and the giant tropical plants.also the little play house made to look like an old fashioned house complete with 3 flying ducks on the wall.superb.everything in this museum is worth taking a look at..theres something for all.id highly recommend a visit.we go regularly and my boys never get bored.

Visited April 2014
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York, United Kingdom
Level 6 Contributor
161 reviews
89 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
“Not the Eden Project, but OK (and FREE)”
Reviewed April 15, 2014

I'm basing this review on the Winter Garden section and leaving the museum for another day. After walking round the excellent Mowbray Park in which the Museum and Winter Gardens are situated we welcomed a bit of warmth in the greenhouse. The gardens are set out to take advantage of the sun and have desert conditions on one section and varying temperatures and light levels as you move further away from the sun. Because of this there are a surprising number of exhibits here. Educational labels and boards give useful information and we learned quite a lot about food plants.
Above the 'jungle' there is a walkway that lets you look down on the plants. This is really well done and there is a lift for those not able to manage the steps.
Next door along is a reasonably priced cafe. A great option for a rainy/cold day in Sunderland.

Visited March 2014
3 Thank Ian P
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