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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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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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Great place to visit with the family. It's big and spacious with plenty of parking. Some fantastic things to see made from glass. Helpful staff, cafe inside with a decent... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Steve0ley
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Edinburgh
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Sunderland glass centre fantastic trip out Visited the site and found information, history, glass blowing demos and wonderful gifts to buy designed and made at the centre. Our day was topped with good food and coffee in the restaurant. Any university student studying here "glass and ceramics " are very lucky

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The glass centre is well worth a visit, as there are always new and exciting exhibitions taking place and it's free. Glass items and other mementos can be purchased at the shop on the ground floor. The restaurant is well worth a visit and has some lovely food. Then take a nice walk along the river.

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geordie in makem land
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It's free which is just about the only positive we can say. Little activity going on, glass blowing display had be postponed. Café average and expensive for what it was. We struggled to fill much more than an hour. Our party was three adults. We certainly would not take the grandchildren, not enough to do of see. Maybe they were... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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46 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Great place to visit with the family. It's big and spacious with plenty of parking. Some fantastic things to see made from glass. Helpful staff, cafe inside with a decent selection of food and drinks at a reasonable price.

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Thank Steve0ley
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 in the future. More 

Panaji, India
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Awesome engineering and a great place to learn about the technology behind making of glass structures. As you walk on roof you can see the floor almost 30mtrs below you with people working down is very scary but as we got some knowledge about the strength of the glass roof we were much relax. We could see how glass bottles... More 

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Thank Shantanushetye
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 tried out our glass roof. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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25 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Nice balance of information, items to view, things to buy and live demonstrations. In addition it refreshing to visit somewhere that doesn't have a self service cafe, instead a table service restaurant with quite a selection on offer. We ordered the butchers platter for two - delicious and excellent quality produce. The waiter forgot to put the food order through... More 

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Thank lemmerson15
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Foood is fine but I always feel like I am paying for the view (which is v.nice) - it can be a little pricey and often isn't anything out of the ordinary - last time I visited there was also at least a half hour wait for my food and my coffee wasn't what I had ordered.

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Thank Cazaloo
Darlington, United Kingdom
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27 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This was my first visit and my husband's first for over ten years. We decided at short notice to visit when I came across an article about the 'Cathedral Mini' by Dominic Wilcox and realised that Saturday was the last chance to see it there. Well worth the journey just for the car itself but also took time to admire... More 

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Thank Micheleuk65
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 in the future. More 

Portsmouth, England, United Kingdom
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12 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Great for free. I never realised Pyrex was from Sunderland and how it was first devised. Lots of great exhibits.

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Thank Rich S
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 learnt something new about the city. We look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great food, service very good, gift shop often has interesting items. Exhibits are very interesting as us the glass being made, workshops very varied nit to mention the fantastic location on the river, ten minute walk from Roker sea front, fifteen to twenty minute walk to Seaburn sea front. There are a lot of local areas to visit and some... 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 and look forward to welcoming you back in the future. More 

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