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National Glass Centre

Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
0191 515 5555
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Ranked #10 of 26 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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York, United Kingdom
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39 reviews 39 reviews
23 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

We spent an interesting couple of hours here recently. Good displays about history of glass production in Sunderland and some stunning exhibitions. Also enjoyed watching live glass blowing demonstrations. Had lunch in the restaurant - nice location, good food although service rather slow.

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Hawthorn,Co.Durham
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72 reviews 72 reviews
26 attraction reviews
55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2014

This attraction is of interest to all ages, I took 2 of my grandchildren expecting them to be bored after one hour. Not at all they were so interested after nearly 3 hours had to drag them away. We never even had time to check out the latest exhibition but my 10 year old said don't worry we will visit... 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 our Centre. We are delighted to hear that you enjoyed your experience. We look forward to welcoming you and your grandchildren back again in the future! More

Galgate, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

A pleasure to look round, but the 'gems' are the demonstrations , if you have children with you this will fascinate them, when you enter check the times of these. Heat ,flames and an end result. you could visit every time you are in the area and each time something different will be being made. you can sit and listen/watch... More

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback of our Centre, we are delighted you enjoyed your experience. We hope you return soon. More

Wakefield
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57 reviews 57 reviews
11 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

We called in here on our to the theatre for a look around, fantastic that it is free! There was plenty to look at, we had just missed a demonstration but a man who had come out told us it was brilliant. I wouldn't take young children as j suspect they would get bored quite easy, there isn't many child... More

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback of our Centre, we are delighted you enjoyed your experience. We do offer child friendly activities during school holidays and at the weekends, when children can join in with creative workshops and are encouraged to look closely at the artworks we have on display, we also run a free to use art trolley and... More

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6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 7, 2014

Definitely not the best for younger kids. However walking on the glass roof is always a hit! I usually tie a visit here in with a walk along the river side.

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

Thank you for your feedback about National Glass Centre. We run lots of free and cheap, drop-in creative activities for young people during School Holidays and we run a drop-in art class on a Saturday called Little Artists, on Monday we also run a sing along club called Tiny Tweeties. We do hope you will pay us another visit and... More

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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29 reviews 29 reviews
8 attraction reviews
109 helpful votes 109 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

We attended here with out young kids and really got sick of our kids being told off by staff for touching exhibits . This spoiled the whole experience for us and we wouldn't go back .

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

Thank you for your feedback. Being made of glass, some of our exhibits are extremely fragile and for this reason and for the safety of visitors, we must operate a 'no touching' policy in our Gallery. However, our staff are trained to be welcoming and to encourage small children to remain inquisitive and curious and help them to engage with... More

Sunderland, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

visited Glass Centre Brasserie today, excellent staff and presentation but tasteless meal and over priced. First I asked for lime & lemonade drink, told they only have lime & soda but do sell cloudy lemonade, so I said I would have a dash of lime and a cloudy lemonade which came in a small bottle, this "small" bottle cost £3.10... More

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

Thank you for your feedback about National Glass Centre's Brasserie. We are sorry you found your experience unsatisfactory. We have passed your comments on to our Brasserie Manager, who assured us that the fresh crab served in our Brasserie is sourced from Taylors seafood in South Shields. We pride ourselves on our commitment to serving local produce, sourced from with... More

london
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471 reviews 471 reviews
194 attraction reviews
224 helpful votes 224 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

We come here once a year when we visit the area. There is a brand new display on the history of glass which is excellent and worth a good half an hour. Unfortunately we just missed the glass blowing display (check for times before you travel) so we spent some time looking for Xmas presents. I had a walk out... 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 our Centre, we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. For future reference, our daily glass blowing demonstrations run as follows: 11.00 - Flameworking at Wearside Glass Sculptures Studio 12:00 - Glassblowing in our Hot Glass Studio 13:00 - Glass Lathe in our Hot Glass Studio 13.30 - Glassblowing in our Hot Glass... More

Hemel Hempstead, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This was a fabulous day out. Took my parents and our 12 year old and it was really excellent. The display of glass blowing was impressive and the two people doing it were fun and informative and made an amazing glass bowl. The exhibition of modern glass was amazing. The brasserie had friendly professional staff and the food was great.... More

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback about your visit. We are delighted you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. More

Washington, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

1/ Exhibitions -Always exciting ,novel, challenging. 2/ The space called "The Pod" ideal setting for training workshops, meetings.( have used this facility a number of times) 3/ The Shop - well laid out with attractive, quality stuff. 4/ The craftwork both on view and with opportunities to engage and learn - first class. 5/ The restaurant food and service given... More

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback about National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. More

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