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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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Fantastic building -great shows and exhibitions excellent parking brilliant disabled facilities good gift shop fab views and delicious food

4 of 5 starsReviewed September 3, 2015
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015 NEW

Fantastic building -great shows and exhibitions excellent parking brilliant disabled facilities good gift shop fab views and delicious food

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

Amazing watching people making all sorts of glass things vases an bowls and blowing them into shape putting them into white hot ovens also a little shop you can buy things to your own requirements the man will make figures glass keys good idea for special birthdays with 18 or 21 in the top of key the visit is no... More 

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

Thank you for your positive feedback about National Glass Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back to our centre soon. More 

Newcastle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015 NEW

I took the kids and grandparents to the hot fish activity in August. It was well organised and the instructor was very good. The kids had lots of fun making the fish and watching the molten glass poured into their decorated fish mold. We also watched the glass blowing demonstration which was very interesting. The staff at the entrance were... 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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. sorry to hear about your experience in our Brasserie. Your comments have been passed to our Brasserie Manager. We are working on ways to improve our customer experience in our Brasserie. More 

South Shields, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015

We visited the glass centre and hoped to learn about glass and let the children see how glass objects are made. we arrived and the receptionist was very friendly and helpful. she pointed out different attractions and lot us about the demonstration which was due to start in about 20 mins. we walked around and looked at the exhibits but... 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. Unfortunately, it sounds like you headed down for a hot glass blowing demonstration an hour early - at 11am. Our Hot Glass Blowing demonstrations with commentary take place at 12 Noon, 1.30pm and 3.00pm, we have Flame working demonstrations (which take place at Wearside Glass Studios next to our shop at... More 

Cumbria, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015

Good visit for families. Lots to entertain a 3 year old while older ones looked around the centre. Cafe good too

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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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

Been here many times and it is a great place. The brasserie is clean,bright and airey. The quality of the food is outstanding and the staff are both attentive and friendly. I recently made a 'Hot Fish' I would recommend everyone to attend a workshop,it is very rewarding to have 'a piece of art' made by oneself.

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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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

We fancied a trip to the glass centre for a day out, we were very impressed with the glass roof which we walked across and looked through to the guests below. This quickly faded when we entered the centre to discovered about 20 buckets in various locations catching the rain dripping through the roof joints, obviously a long term design... 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 apologise for the ongoing issues with our leaking roof which, due to the terribly wet weather we have been experiencing this Summer, has been compounded. We have looked at ways to fix this issue, but without getting a whole new roof (which is well beyond our budget - as we... More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015

Beautiful weather just had lunch seated outside at National Glass Centre. Good atmosphere very relaxing, good food and service. Very reasonable cost.

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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 visit and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2015

Do not come to the National Glass Centre in Sunderland. Only thing that is interesting about this museum is the glass top roof and I have to be honest it is the best part of the whole experience. The rest of it is very on interesting and very uninspiring

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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 that you felt that your experience was unsatisfactory. We do offer Free Glass Blowing Demonstrations with Commentary 3 times per day in our Hot Glass Studio, which is usually a highlight for our Visitors. However, on the day you visited we had unavoidable trouble with our furnaces which... More 

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8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

We travelled for over an hour on Wed 12th August only to find that the Glass blowing not working. Went to restaurant and on sitting down on table 30 the waitress said hello, if you are after food you will have to wait at least 20 mins. So we just ordered 2 coffee's. When asked why we had to wait... More 

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

Thank you for your feedback regarding National Glass Centre. We are sorry that you found your experience disappointing. For reasons beyond our control our electric furnaces suffered a power failure last week and we were unable to deliver our usual free, daily glass blowing demonstrations. We did endeavour to post this information on our website home page, events page and... More 

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