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“Great tour historicaly infomative and good fun.”

The National Brewery Centre
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Owner description: Re-opened in 2010, the Centre incorporates the former Bass Museum and tells the story of the birthplace of british beer, its people and the history of brewing in the UK. Our tour guides offer daily tours at 11.00am and 2.00pm each day and really bring the story to life. Sample some of the excellent real ales brewed at the Centre's Worthington Micro Brewery or enjoy a bar meal or a full flagon banquet in our restaurant with a beer and food guide to help you appreciate the flavours of beer. The Centre's corporate and function rooms (and our 400 capacity permanent marquee) are set in the historic brewery buildings and offer a great venue for your company function, weddings, parties and social gatherings.
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

The mixture of exhibits, local history and brewing information, make the tour very interesting. The tour was around 90 minutes in duration, but you could go and revisit any parts after or before the tour, the beer tokens can be used to sample the local brews at the end of the tour.

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Mike S, Owner at The National Brewery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 4 April 2018

Thank you for your positive review and we are very pleased to hear that you enjoyed your visit. We hope to see you again soon. Please look out for our special events this year.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018

£6 entrance fee per person - few fairground rides for children at £2 each, hooka duck £3 a go - ridiculous.
Sooty show included in entrance fee was enjoyable.
Shire horse and trailer ride good value at 50p per person.
Includes brewery heritage entrance.

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Mike S, Owner at The National Brewery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your review. Our normal charge for the Brewery entrance is £9.95 per adult. This year we included the Sooty Show plus a magic show for just £6.00 per person.

Unfortunately the fairground rides charge for their own rates. Our shire horse rides are organised by us and only a nominal charge is made. Overall it's pretty good value for a day out with a show included.

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Reviewed 31 March 2018 via mobile

The national brewery centre was established over 40 years ago as the Bass Museum, and in some places it shows - if only in the choice of typefaces on some of the display boards! But rather than write it off as a faded museum that has lost its way, it's well worth spending the time to look in more detail at the exhibits.

The first gallery, about historical brewing has a good mix of artefacts, as well as a summary of beer making. There are even samples of malt that you can pick up. Crossing the courtyard you are next taken into a stables area, with live shire horses as well as drags, etc. That leads into an open area, with a number of variably historical vehicles around the outside, and on left a former micro brewery. This has been decommissioned for about a decade, as in the large building opposite there's a more modern microbrewing facility.

This building is on three levels (when I visited the lift was out of action), with the brewing on the ground floor, as well as a cheesy rolling sequence of Carling Black Label adverts. The upper levels tie brewing by much more to Burton on Trent, including a model of the town in 1881, complete with N gauge model trains showing how the town once had over 20 miles of private railways, mainly serving the Bass brewery, but also linking to the 25 other breweries at that time.

An interactive display on the Victorian brewing industry based around those who worked or live in the town was clever, but the big screen projector wasn't working.

Throughout the museum you'll find pub signs, old bottles and cans, and other breweriana. There are two reconstructed pub interiors, from the 1960s and the turn of the century, and just before the exit a steam engine built for the Bass brewery. This is a little hidden behind the marquee, their function area.

Adult visitors are given three coupons that can be exchanged for three tasters of Burton beer in the Tap Room pub at the end of the visit. That may well be the best part of the visit for many, although the rest of the museum should contain enough to keep even the mildly interested engaged. Several rooms have children's activities, so that they don't get too bored.

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Mike S, Owner at The National Brewery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 9 April 2018

Thank you for your review and excellent summary of our facilities. Our tour guides do offer tours twice a day and this does bring the place to life through the local knowledge of the guide. The Virtual Burton exhibit is due for a complete refit by early summer and we are confident this will bring a new dimension to the tour.

Thanks again for your review. We hope to see you again soon.

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Reviewed 24 March 2018

Visited with a Groupon voucher but would have been excellent value at normal price. We had an excellent guide "Des" who made the tour very interesting and enjoyable.

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Mike S, Owner at The National Brewery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 28 March 2018

Thank you for your review. Great to know that you enjoyed the tour. Watch out for our Easter family special with 3 shows a day in our marquee featuring Sooty's 70th anniversary Bake Off Show.

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Reviewed 15 March 2018

We visited with a Buyagift voucher supplied by my daughter, who thought this was my sort of thing. Can't think why! We elected to do the 11am tour, which I would recommend to anyone planning a visit. Our guide was Dave, who showed an encyclopaedic knowledge of the history of Burton and its brewery heritage and also a keen sense of humour. The whole tour was over 90 minutes, and he kept the 10 or so of us on the tour interested throughout.

One extra highlight was the visit to the stables to meet the two enormous, friendly shire horses. There are also various historic vehicles in outdoor areas which we only got to see briefly as it was a day of torrential rain.

At the end of the tour we were escorted to the Brewery Tap, where you can use your tokens to sample up to three ales. I can confirm that they were all splendid! Three is also a shop where you can purchase some very interesting bottles, including many local brews. Anyone with an interest in the brewery industry and the important role it has played in the country's history and heritage would certainly love this tour.

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Mike S, Manager at The National Brewery Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 16 March 2018

Thank you for your review. We hope to have our bottling machine operating next month so that guests can take home the real taste of our Heritage brews. Hope to see you again soon.

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