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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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Spent a couple of hours here with my 80 year old mum and three year old son who both loved it and were captivated by the glass blowing demo. So it really does appeal to all ages!

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
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Durham, United Kingdom
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Belfast
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

Was here on a glass blowing course. Fantastic facility with friendly and very helpful staff. Great restaurant and overall beautiful setting and building.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015 NEW

I've been to the Glass Centre a couple of times and each time I leave feeling more and more impressed. They take what might be a rather staid subject (glass is hardly a rock and roll topic) and make it genuinely interesting, attractive and - most importantly - modern. The glass blowing demonstrations are the real highlight but their permanent... 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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back in future! More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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25 reviews 25 reviews
3 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Spent a couple of hours here with my 80 year old mum and three year old son who both loved it and were captivated by the glass blowing demo. So it really does appeal to all ages!

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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 and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
8 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

Pop in for lunch soup and Sandwich watch the glass blowing very good would love to give it a go , Think great aftrenoon out for kids and it free ..not the lunch

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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 and look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

Glasgow
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17 reviews 17 reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

I spent three days at the Glass Centre on a course, and have been raving to everyone about it since. Whether you just want a nice afternoon out or are interested in taking one of their courses, it is well worth a visit. For daytrippers the draw is definitely the regular (free!) glass blowing demos throughout the day. These are... 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 and look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

York, United Kingdom
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83 reviews 83 reviews
49 attraction reviews
64 helpful votes 64 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

We visited as a group of five, my wife and I and two daughters with their grandmother too. There was something of interest for everyone and we all enjoyed our afternoon here. It is part of Sunderland University and the demonstrations are by experienced lecturers and their students. After the very informative demonstration of glass-blowing, using the making of a... 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 and look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

Cumbria, United Kingdom
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Friend and I had a fab day learning the skill of marble-making. Well equipped studio and really excellent, patient tutor. We will certainly be back for more. We had a real gripe with the cafe though but I'll write that in a separate review.

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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. Thank you for your review on our Brasserie Trip Advisor Page, our Brasserie Manager will respond as soon as possible. More 

midlands
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 attraction reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

you can see some lovely examples of glass and the shop is great I have bought several items of glass which are well priced for one off creations.

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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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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30 reviews 30 reviews
5 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 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
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54 reviews 54 reviews
21 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 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 

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