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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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Well worth a visit

We have visited the National Glass Centre on many occasions and at every visit we find something new and interesting to see. The exhibitions are well worth a visit as is the shop... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 19, 2015
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW via mobile

Great for family keep them entertained and only wark way from the beach as well kids love it go again

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015 NEW

We have visited the National Glass Centre on many occasions and at every visit we find something new and interesting to see. The exhibitions are well worth a visit as is the shop with it's myriad of individual pieces of glass and many other gift ideas. The restaurant has improved tremendouslybover the last year and is great for a coffee... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

I loved this place inside, lots to see and have a small cafeteria where you can see the river wear from. It also has a gift shop and windows the kids loved where the could watch the glass ornaments getting made for the displays. It's a very interesting place to go for an afternoon out. BUT BEWARE... My husband who... More 

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Stockton-on-Tees, United Kingdom
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

We visited the National Glass Centre in Sunderland and were amazed to find it was free parking, free entrance and free to see the demonstrations which were on every hour throughout the day. The glass makers and staff were very approachable and friendly making this visit a very enjoyable experience. Excellent coffee shop with a good range of food.

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

Thanks you for your positive review of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back in the near future. More 

Bedlington, United Kingdom
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37 reviews 37 reviews
11 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Very interesting place, you can see the glass being blown, the gift shop is very expensive, well out of our price range. Went into the café for breakfast and a cuppa, lovely bacon, eggs etc but a bit pricy for what it was. Waitress service, so probably why you pay more, nice enough though. Very enjoyable hour and a half.

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback of National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you have enjoyed your visit an dlook forward to welcoming you back to the Centre soon. More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

It is wonderful to watch highly skilled craftspeople working. Here we watched various ways to make different types of glass-ware. The cafe and the shop are pleasant and full of good things. Staff are extremely helpful.

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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 

Newcastle upon Tyne
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10 reviews 10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2015

Spent the afternoon at the Glass Centre with a group of friends. Well organised and interesting visit, staff friendly and knowledgeable. Glass blowing demonstration very interesting. Lovely location on the river. Nice place to have a coffee and watch the world go by.

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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 

larnaca
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

This is a great place to visit see the fabulous creations made by local artists carrying on the glass work traditions of Sunderland.

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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 

Belfast
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20 reviews 20 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

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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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 

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

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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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 

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