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Address: Lewes BN8 5UU, England
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+44 1273 815000
10:00 - 18:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 18:00
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. Recognised globally as one...

In the world of opera, Glyndebourne is unique. Recognised globally as one of the great opera houses, it has a long history based around the Christie family. Set in the heart of the Sussex countryside, Glyndebourne offers a uniquely British experience set in the grounds of a wonderful country house. The summer Festival runs from May to August. The autumn Tour runs through October before taking the productions to venues across the UK.

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A very English thing to do

I have been to Glyndebourne on many occasions and I have to say it always a wonderful experience. The opera is excellent and what could be nicer than having a picnic and... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 1 week ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I have been to Glyndebourne on many occasions and I have to say it always a wonderful experience. The opera is excellent and what could be nicer than having a picnic and champagne in a beautiful English country setting. It is such an experience, even if you are not a great opera fan! I thoroughly recommend it.

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Eastbourne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A backstage tour at Glyndebourne proved to be a really interesting and informative way to spend a morning. The guide was truly excellent and brought us all in touch with many aspects of staging a production and the family history associated with this venue. The whole visit was superbly organised....including the chance to be "on stage", albeit to an empty... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I thoroughly enjoyed the tour and was amazed at the size of the backstage area. It was full of scenery and machinery of all shapes and sizes. Our guide was fantastic, very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and friendly. Our group asked many questions and she answered everything. We also saw the dressing rooms and various costumes and wigs in the Green Room.... More 

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Cranbrook, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

After coffee we had a preliminary talk in the organ room before going backstage of the theatre, looking at costumes, learning how wigs are made and standing on the stage looking out at the auditorium where we have sat so many times over the last fifty years. A very helpful, enthusiastic and knowledgeable guide showed us round. Lots of work... More 

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Hove England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 December 2016

45 members of our Hove u3a had an amazing visit to the backstage of this amazing world class facility on our doorstep. Starting in the historic Organ Room with refreshments, we were led by an excellent guide who explained the workings of the Opera House and we saw the huge stage and scenery docks firsthand and were able to see... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

We went to see a Mozart opera, Don Giovanni. Whilst we appreciate that the Glyndebourne festival is a summer event, we were shocked that there was not adequate provision for the unpredictable English weather. We, and numerous others, were complaining about how cold it was, even in the auditorium, which is completely unnecessary. We ordered some white wine at the... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 October 2016

After the summer season of operas, Glyndebourne goes touring, but starts with a 'home' production. We were lucky enough to see the soon-to-be-touting production of Don Giovanni which was stunning: simple , flexible set, youngish singers with great voice and the unparalleled acoustic of the theatre. If you get a chance to see this near you this Autumn, don't miss... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 October 2016 via mobile

We aren't opera buffs and we needed a fair bit of encouragement to give Glyndebourne a try. But we are so glad we did. On successive days we saw Don Giovanni and Mme Butterfly. Both superb productions. The location is ideal. The acoustics were excellent. The seats comfortable. The atmosphere relaxed and not at all snobbish. Dress was casual and... More 

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Brighton, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Glyndebourne offers world class music in a beautiful setting. The opera house itself is a fabulous venue and the whole experience feels very special. Opera has the reputation for being expensive but we saw the excellent touring company for less than £30 per ticket and that wasn't even the cheapest price.

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Reigate, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 October 2016

We went to see a performance of Madam Butterfly and like a previous reviewer was moved to tears. We sat in the upper circle and the view and acoustics were excellent. I was a little taken aback by the height but soon got used to it! We didn't picnic but chose to eat in the restaurant - another time I... More 

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