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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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We did not know what to expect from this visit, apart from the glass floor, but found the films very interesting, especially the one about "Pyrex", so many memories! This visit... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 23, 2015
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW via mobile

Not knowing what to expect, we visited the NGC. We found a decent brasserie, an interesting shop, a spectacular exhibition, helpful staff and the opportunity to try your hand at loads of glass related crafts. There are free demonstrations daily and constantly changing exhibitions. Learn something about the local links with the glass industry in the permanent exhibition. The "seasonal"... 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 

dewsbury
Top Contributor
54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 23, 2015

We did not know what to expect from this visit, apart from the glass floor, but found the films very interesting, especially the one about "Pyrex", so many memories! This visit was finished off with a very nice drink in your café - my husband tea and for me one of the best lattes I have had all served with... 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

The glass blowing demonstrations are fascinating to watch . the whole building is just buzzing with history. The staff are welcoming and so knowledgeable , the gift shop is packed full of surprizes and the cafe is reasonably priced. A good day out.

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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 

Cramlington
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66 reviews 66 reviews
19 attraction reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Spectacular building on the riverside with excellent facilities. The history of glassmaking in Sunderland was very well illustrated and the tour guide was helpful and informative. The glassblowing demonstration was absolutely excellent, being done by two local former glass workers, with great banter and clear explanations of the techniques used (finished artifacts for sale too, undercutting the official shop prices).... 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
65 attraction reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

There is a lot to see and read hear and watching the people blow the glass always excites me. The staff are always happy to help and tell you a lot about glassblowing. The museum upstairs tells you all about the history of glass blowing in sunderland and is well worth a visit.

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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 

Burntwood, United Kingdom
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

The National Glass Centre is well signposted and easy to find. Ample car parking is provided. Admission is free and the exhibits are arranged in a compact display. The history of glass making in the Sunderland area is clearly portrayed in an interesting way. A striking piece of glass sculpture was being exhibited whilst we were there. Not to be... More 

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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 

Warwickshire
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50 reviews 50 reviews
15 attraction reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Worth a visit if you want to learn a bit more about the history of the area and if you enjoy the art of glass making .

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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 reviews 12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

For free this is great, my little girl loved the glass roof, she enjoyed the glass blowing for all of five seconds but still enjoyed it and had a little look round. Theirs little to no real direction and not a load of display but it is just glass so I don't know how much you can show, impressed you... 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

Visited feb half term with my youngest daughter who was very intersted in the centre as was myself the information on the glass production process is first class and the exibitions on display were also excellent .The glass blowing display was also very good and you can even try glass blowing yourself ,a great place to visit and its free... 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 

San Francisco, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

A must-see when in the North East, this centre is exciting for all ages. It is perfectly located - a huge, airy space by the river, filled with light and glass art, and based on centuries of national glass-making history. Connected to the world renowned art department at Sunderland University, it gives free demonstrations in the hot glass shop and... 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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