The National Brewery Centre

The National Brewery Centre, Burton upon Trent: Hours, Address, The National Brewery Centre Reviews: 4.5/5

The National Brewery Centre

The National Brewery Centre
4.5
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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 tours at 11.00am and 2.00pm, bringing stories to life. Sample some of the excellent real ales brewed at the Centre's Heritage 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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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ldgp14
Walsall, UK2,441 contributions
Fantastic tour highly recommended
Jul. 2021 • Couples
We visited The National Brewery Centre for a tour on a Sunday afternoon. Our tour guide was Cliff who was fantastic his knowledge if the history of brewing & the local area was second to none and there was plenty of humour along the way. We also had a talk from Jack on the steam engine in the museum which was very interesting. We loved our tour around the centre and we look forward to visiting some of Cliff's recommendations. As part of the tour you get 3 tasting tokens each worth 3 1/3 pint tasters, a full pint or for drivers a bottle to take home. We tried Bass, St. Modwen and the Oatmeal Stout all 3 were superb well worth a visit!
Written July 17, 2021
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Scarletthurst1
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Wedding reception 2021
Jun. 2021 • Friends
We had our wedding reception here last weekend! It was amazing and the staff were brilliant! The food was perfect, atmosphere great and everyone had an amazing time. They were clear on what restrictions we still had to follow and were so friendly and understanding. All staff helpful with setting up and drinks service was great!
Written July 1, 2021
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Hello Scarletthurst1, Thank you for your kind review. So pleased to read your wedding day was so well enjoyed with us here at The National Brewery Centre. As a wedding venue, we truly love to bring you the day you wish for, and we are so pleased this was all able to take place with secure procedures. We look forward to welcoming you for your anniversaries over the coming years to our Brewery Tap Bar or even meals in our Restaurant too! All the best to you both!
Written July 2, 2021
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Helen L
Kirmington, UK221 contributions
Really informative
May 2021 • Couples
What a great tour today 27/5/21 loads of knowledge of the brewery industry in Burton by our tour guide.

Fab food in the brewery tap. Plenty of beers to try with you tokens if you have 1/3 of a pint can try 3 different ones.

Only disappointment was the gift shop expected more beer gifts like clothing and glasses.

Coffee machine in cafe was broken took a while for others to get drinks delivered from the brewery tap even though its the site.
Written May 26, 2021
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Hello 675HelenS, Thank you for your fab review. Great to read you had such a good time with us here and enjoyed the specialist time with our tour guides. The current ales on the bar are going down a treat! I like your growth comment - I shall pass on your note to add to the retail space ready for your next visit. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Written May 27, 2021
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Rosie434
Colchester, UK85 contributions
Holiday surprise
May 2021
The tour guide was very knowledgeable and interesting. Lots of examples in museum of how things were - would have like to gone in again just to browse them. It was raining and cold on the day we went so not good outside but no fault of museum. Had lunch in restaurant and food was lovely and hot and tasty. Would recommend going once masks are not obligatory as it was very warm inside.
Written May 23, 2021
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Hello Rosie434, Thank you for your review and great to read you had a fab day out with us here at The National Brewery Centre. Our Museum, Restaurant and Bar have so much to offer our guests and so pleased you were able to take advantage of these. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future.
Written May 27, 2021
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Navigator50814019845
Worcester, UK78 contributions
Interesting Museum
Sep. 2020
We visited under COVID restrictions but the venue was well organised.

The guided tour gave a good insight into the history of brewing, particular in Burton and there were far more exhibits than could be seen in one visit.

The highlights were the shire horses and, of course, tasting the beer brewed on site.
Written November 11, 2020
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Hello Navigator50814019845 Thank you for your review. Great to read you had a fab visit! Our Shire Horses are such gentle giants We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Written December 13, 2020
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Mardood
Peterborough, UK126 contributions
Doing there best in difficult circumstances
Oct. 2020
I guess Covid 19 has made museums like this very difficult to manage. I think there were just 7 Self Guide visitors (3 of them kids) and a group of around 6 overseas travellers complete with Guide in the whole complex. Due to the lack of numbers it lacked atmosphere and I felt we were rushing around. You forget in popular venues you get held up and are "forced" to read and look at everything, with so few visitors and freedom of movement suddenly you are like Lewis Hamilton. I did no homework on the trip and was really interested to learn about how the popularity of manufactured Lager evolved over Ale but there was nothing really to learn in this area. I felt a little disappointed as its was souless. Perhaps in normal times there are guides scattered about to answer questions, but I guess now they are not required, Shame. Brewery Tap was great - used my vouchers, my daughters and wife's on taking 3 bottles of Heritage Ale back to the hotel whilst downing 2 pints of Slaters American IPA which was awesome despite not being a Burton Beer.....
Written October 29, 2020
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Hello Mardood, Thank you for your review, great to read you enjoyed the awesome IPA - although not Burton, we support the worlds breweries to bring the best selections to you! There is such a vast amount of information here at The National Brewery Centre and we hope to be offering you the best of the best experience when we see you again in the future. We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Written December 13, 2020
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Susanslater64
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Sunday lunch - wow
Oct. 2020 • Friends
I came a couple of weeks for Sunday lunch with my son, his girlfriend and also my brother.

I couldn’t believe how beautiful the food was, I mean for the price, the portion sizes were amazing, the only thing I couldn’t manage was the Yorkshire pudding, I mean wow they are massive.

We also had dessert and that was perfect as well.

In all honestly myself and my family felt extremely safe visiting within the COVID Pandemic on going, there was plenty of signage up around the building.

We all couldn’t fault the service, it was amazing and well worth the visit.

You can’t beat a beautiful Sunday roast with all the trimmings 😁
Written October 12, 2020
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Hello susanslater64 Thank you for your review Great to read you had such a fab Sunday lunch with the family. We do pride ourselves in offering all the trimmings! We look forward to welcoming you all again in the future.
Written December 13, 2020
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Jonathan W
Burlington, VT811 contributions
Good day out on a rainy day
Oct. 2020 • Family
This was an enjoyable and informative visit - all the family enjoyed it. Good balance of social and industrial history. The horses were there too.
Written October 3, 2020
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Hello JonathanW480 Thank you for your review A great day out, especially special when the weather encourages opportunity via indoor experience. Pleased to read you had such a great day out and fab to read you were able to see the horses too! We look forward to welcoming you again soon!
Written December 13, 2020
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hayhei
essex101 contributions
Very informative tour
Sep. 2020 • Couples
Husband and I booked this tour via Groupon, booking process was easy. Pleasantly surprised to find we were the only ones on the tour. Our guide Terry was very informative in a fun way, learnt a great deal about the brewing process and the history of brewing in Burton Upon Trent. Enjoyed the beers at the end too! Very Covid safe visit.
Written October 3, 2020
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Hello hayhei Thank you for your review. Great to read you enjoyed Terry's tour, he takes great pride in sharing his vast knowledge of brewing and will be glad to find out you learnt a great deal. We look forward to welcoming you again in the future!
Written December 13, 2020
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Jigsawlin
Northampton, UK103 contributions
Pleasantly pleased with this place
Sep. 2020 • Couples
We booked a visit for a tour not expecting to spend much time here but were pleasantly surprised with our visit. We had a guided tour with a lovely guide, ate a lovely lunch and sampled some lovely beers. Well worth a visit.
Written September 24, 2020
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Hello Jigsawlin Thank you for your review - Great to read you were pleasantly surprised with your visit! We hope to welcome you for a tour, lunch and drinks again in the future!
Written September 30, 2020
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