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National Glass Centre

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Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
Phone Number: 0191 515 5555
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Description: Based in a unique, contemporary glass and steel building, the National...
Based in a unique, contemporary glass and steel building, the National Glass Centre houses exhibition galleries, artists' studios and production facilities, a craft & design shop and an award winning café/restaurant. National Glass Centre is part of the University of Sunderland. We deliver a programme of changing exhibitions, education programmes and events for schools, families, adults and children. We are dedicated to exploring ideas through glass and providing opportunities for people to be creative, enjoy themselves and feel inspired.
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Well laid out and worth a visit

A spacious building on a lovely riverside location. There are sections with information about the link to the local area, plus demonstrations and local craft people. The shop and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 20, 2015
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Bourton-on-the-Water, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

We were staying with friends who noticed my daughter was wearing a necklace which had been made here so they took us along to watch the glass blowing display. We actually watched two displays as we arrived half an hour early so a gentleman blew a beautiful pear and then he narrated whilst another gent blew a gorgeous vase! My... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

A spacious building on a lovely riverside location. There are sections with information about the link to the local area, plus demonstrations and local craft people. The shop and cafe are both very good

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Darlington, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

Well worth a visit. Free glass blowing demonstrations and work with borasilicate glass is fascinating. There is stuff available for kids to interact with. Although the latest art display was lost on me.

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. We try to keep our contemporary exhibitions as varied as possible, we hope we offer something for all tastes and we are working towards improving our methods of helping people to understand (the often challenging work) we present in... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Love this place! Lovely location by the river and able to participate in glass workshops when available. Exhibits are lovely too. There is a museum where you can see the development of glass making and there are sometimes when school children are invited to visit. I've taken children on a couple of times and they have thoroughly enjoyed their experience.... More 

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. In regards to your comments about the price for food in our Brasserie, we do try to keep costs down as much as possible - we use locally sourced produce and cook everything fresh, and are always striving to offer good value for money. We are delighted that you enjoyed... More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015 via mobile

It was great to see the history of glassmaking in Sunderland as most of the big companies are long gone. Friends were visiting from the south but lived in the north until the seventies. They could remember Pyrex and seeing the glass blown. It is also possible to have s go at doing it yourself. Such beautiful things made from... More 

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Been meaning to visit here for years and finally got around to it! There's a section giving you the history of glass making in Sunderland with videos, fixed displays etc which was interesting. We also timed it right for the glass blowing demonstration (approx half an hour) which was fascinating and makes you appreciate the effort that goes into producing... More 

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

Seaham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Took visiting relatives, had a lovely time looking at the glass and reading the information on glass making. Enjoyed looking around the gift shop. Then off to the cafe for coffee and cake looking over the river, lovely

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015 via mobile

Went there for Christmas party! Turned up a little early hoping to go somewhere for a drink (like you do at Christmas), but was left waiting outside with the doors locked until the exact time the party began! And it was a chilly night! The venue itself is like a large dining hall, not much atmosphere! Food was ok! But... More 

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2015

Lovely setting, interesting history of glass, exhibitions of beautiful pieces of glass could be bigger, restaurant great, good for gluten free food availability.

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Thank you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us. We look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015 via mobile

Went for lunch but the restaurant was closed so had a look about at the shop but was put off by the experience prices

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NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this review

Thank you for your review of National Glass centre. We apologise that our Brasserie was closed on the day of your visit. It is usually open and serving food every day between 10 and 5pm but you may have visited on an unusual day, when we had a fault with our gas supply. Our Shop does try to cater for... More 

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Additional Information about National Glass Centre

Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL, England
Phone Number: 0191 515 5555
Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Tyne and Wear  >  Sunderland
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Monday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Tuesday 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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

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