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National Glass Centre

Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
Phone Number: 0191 515 5555
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Ranked #6 of 18 Attractions in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Owner description: Based in a unique, contemporary glass and steel building, the National Glass Centre houses...
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Type: Specialty Museums, Museums
Hours:
Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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.

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Gateshead, England, United Kingdom
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

Very well pleased with the visit. Like all the reviews, the family was quite surprised how we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Each and every staff member are very warm and welcoming and has made our visit very worthwhile. I commend the overall organisation of the venue and the activities presented are simply fascinating - definitely not to be missed when... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

There is lots to do at the National Glass Centre. You can browse the exhibits, have a coffee overlooking the riverside, and buy beautiful glassware including jewelery and other gifts. Outside you can walk on the glass roof, which I am afraid to do. There is also a footpath goes by which has lots of interesting and quirky sculpture. The... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

Sunderland
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20 reviews 20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

I have lived in Sunderland most of my life, and to think this is on my door step and I had not been there was crazy. As you walk around the glass center there is so much to see, all the history of Sunderland from the coal mines to ship building. The best bit for me was the part where... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

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12 attraction reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

The glass blowing demonstrations are fascinating. The café is very pleasant and there are really interesting people to talk to in the workshops. The museum display is a fascinating, if slightly repetitive explanation of the history of glass making in Sunderland. There were lots of families having a great time with the plate painting activity. It is also possible 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

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11 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

This is a free attraction although there is a donation box with the opportunity to gift aid one’s donation. It is promoted as the National Glass Centre, but it is more about glass making in Sunderland. That is indeed interesting in it own right, and there are several videos of intricate glass making, particularly scientific glassware which are all well... More 

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

Many thanks for your comments about National Glass Centre. Unfortunately we do not have the necessary space to tell the fully comprehensive A-Z story of glass: instead we have chosen to share Sunderland’s rich glass making heritage as thoroughly as possible. We are focussing on developing our digital strategy so that we can tell the wider story and reach a... More 

Hartlepool, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Had a great morning blowing our own Christmas baubles with my sister and daughter on Sunday. It was an exciting hands on experience with great tutors. It was even better than we had anticipated. We are really looking forward to collecting our baubles tomorrow and will definitely make it an annual event. We also enjoyed a really beautiful modern glass... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

Kent
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20 reviews 20 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

The centre is based in an attractive modern building. The museum is really interesting, both from a glass making point of view, and the industrial history of Sunderland. There are several opportunities throughout the day to watch a glass making demonstration with excellent commentary from young, knowledgeable guys and girls. You can buy the stuff you see being made, or... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The glass centre is a free attraction although a donation box is available. For a free experience you can see glass being blown, shaped, read about the history of glass making in sunderland and the most fun thing for kids is to stand on the glass roof. Remember to wear trousers! as people below can look up. The coffee shop/... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

A great experiance for all ages. See how things are made also learn about the culture a cafe and shop for various glass objects

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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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews 26 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

Lovely space to learn the local history of glass production and what it meant to Sunderland. The new exhibitions are fascinating and well shown. A chance to try hands on glass making and watching the skills of glass making. There is a pleasant eating and bar area leading out to the river and sea walk. Free entry and an interesting... 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 you have enjoyed your visit. For future events and exhibitions please visit our website. We look forward to welcoming you back to our Centre soon. More 

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