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National Glass Centre

Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
0191 515 5555
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Ranked #9 of 24 attractions in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums
Owner description: Based in a unique, contemporary glass and steel building, the National Glass Centre houses exhibition galleries, artists' studios and production... more » Owner description: 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. « less
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

Free entry, with boxes for donations, and free parking. Excellent wheelchair access, with a dedicated lift down to the lower floor, and disabled toilets on both floors which were spotlessly clean, with plenty of handrails. The display cases in the historical section were a little high for me to see into them properly from my wheelchair, but there are many... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014 NEW

A good way to spend a few hours. The demonstrations were really good, the process for lathing and for blowing was explained clearly by knowledgeable craftsmen. The shop was really aimed at children with the usual pocket money tat you get in any museum shop, it would have been good to see more actual glass pieces for sale. I was... More

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

First time we been to the glass centre, me my 4 nephews and there nana had a great day. Really easy to get to and when we went there was butterfly mobile making it cost £2 per child but it was worth it they spent a hour colouring in and sticking things and they came out happy with something to... More

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

Many thanks for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! Keep an eye on our website for future offers and events. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
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17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

It's a long time since we visited and the walk on the partial glass roof is still as exciting. Inside there didn't seem too much to do. We viewed the Solo exhibitions which were not to our taste but provoked discussion. I know it's not a museum but thought there could have been more to read and view. Most interesting... More

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

Many thanks for review of National Glass Centre. Your feedback about our exhibitions has been forwarded to the relevant departments. Our visitors often say they enjoy our free glass blowing demonstrations with commentary, which happen throughout the day, on a daily basis - we hope you managed to catch one of these - as they are a highlight of every... More

Durham, United Kingdom
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22 reviews 22 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Great place to visit Nicely set out and easy to get to Not just glass but a history of Sunderland Great exhibits Good access for the disabled

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

Many thanks for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! Keep an eye on our website for future offers and events. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

My friend and I attended a session to blow baubles for the Alnwick Gardens Christmas Tree recently. We were in a relatively small group of 5 so we had good access to watch the demonstrations, and plenty of time to do our own part in it with full guidance from the girls, who were incredibly friendly and knowledgeable. The whole... More

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

Many thanks for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! Keep an eye on our website for future offers and events. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

Ottawa, Canada
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

THe guided tour of the history of glass in the region was very interesting and delivered by Jenny, who was able to navigate the exhibit and answer questions with ease. Actually getting to chat to Ian, Dave and the other craftspeople after the demo was fantastic. I really enjoyed blowing a Christmas ball for the Alnwick Gardens Christmas tree, &... More

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

Many thanks for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! Keep an eye on our website for future offers and events. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

Scotland
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22 reviews 22 reviews
9 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place was a revelation. So interesting and well laid out. There was something for everyone. We had lunch outside and the standard of food and service were excellent.

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

Many thanks for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us! Keep an eye on our website for future offers and events. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

Cambridge, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Growing up in Sunderland in the 90s, the glass centre was a constant visiting place. I've continued to go whenever I'm in the area and it's always a gem of culture and performance, seeing the artistry of blowing glass first hand is quite fascinating, as well as the constant student work going on giving it a vibrant feel. Great for... 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 our Centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. For details about our forthcoming exhibitions, courses and classes and events please check National Glass centre's website. More

North East England
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26 reviews 26 reviews
17 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

How many of you know that Sunderland, a place perhaps traditionally associated with ship-building and coal and nowadays known for a Premiership football team and as the place where Nissan makes over 500,000 cars a year, was once a major centre of glass production. The National Glass Centre is located on the north banks of the River Wear, on the... 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 our Centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. For details about our forthcoming exhibitions, courses and classes and events please check National Glass centre's website. More

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