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National Glass Centre

Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
0191 515 5555
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Ranked #8 of 25 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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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 NEW

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 NEW

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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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

Good place to visit and eat. Nice exhibitions and things to see. Good food in nice surroundings...free parking

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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

Durham, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
14 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

The good things about this place were that it was free to enter, it was easy to find, there was free car parking outside, the views of the River Wear were good to see and there was a very nice cafe, just right for afternoon tea. However, about glass itself, this was a big disappointment for us. My mum was... 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. We are sorry you found your experience disappointing. Our glass blowing demonstrations are usually our most popular activity and consistently receive excellent feedback from our visitors. Those with commentary run 3 times a day and none have been cancelled over the last week. I have forwarded your comments to our Hot... More

Derby, United Kingdom
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Really liked this center very interesting giving information past & present. Excellent cafe lovely food & drinks excellent service.

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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 that you have enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back in future. More

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4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

This is a good free place to visit. The recent refurbishment has made way for an interesting history of glass presentation. There are often various exhibitions taking place and if you time it right you can watch glass making demonstrations. The cafe is hit and miss. Sometimes I've had nice food and other times it's been ok but it is... 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 with us and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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8 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

Great space and interesting history but felt this just a bit underwhelming. A good place to grab a bite although not cheap. More displays and demonstrations would breathe life into the birthplace of glass making in England.

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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 offer Free Glass Blowing Demonstrations with Commentary 3 times per day in our Hot Glass Studio , as well as lathe and flame working demonstrations. Our Visitor Services Desk is situated on our upper floor and a member of our team would have been able to provide you with a... More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Judy. Very spacious with easy to use lift down to ground floor and you can watch glass demonstrations very comfortably. Good shop with variety of jewellery, vases, and other glass items although it is rather expensive but then you are getting items you won't find elsewhere. While drinking your coffee you have a nice view across the Wear. Food is... More

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

Many thanks for your feedback about your visit to National Glass Centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. Our Shop stocks a number of one of a kind, hand crafted glass and ceramic pieces by local artists, which are at the top end of the price range, however we do endeavour to stock a number of lower priced items... More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

great place to visit right next to the river interesting info on glass etc the food was average but prices a bit too high in my opinion

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

Many thanks for your feedback about your visit to National Glass centre. We are glad you found your experience interesting. We do try to keep the prices in our Brasserie reasonable and offer something at different price points for everyone. We hope you return in the future. More

Stotfold, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014

Having visited a number of 'glass museums' we were not expected to find anything very different here but, as we were passing, we thought it worth taking a look … we ended up staying for nearly two hours. There is a fascinating collection of glass history here - the Pyrex story and collection is fascinating. Whilst a lot of 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 our Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience with us and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More

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