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National Glass Centre

Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL , England
0191 515 5555
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Ranked #9 of 23 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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Cambridge, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2014 via mobile

Growing up in Sunderland in the 90s, the glass centre was a constant visiting place. I've continued to go whenever I'm in the area and it's always a gem of culture and performance, seeing the artistry of blowing glass first hand is quite fascinating, as well as the constant student work going on giving it a vibrant feel. Great for... More

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

Thank you for your positive review of our Centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. For details about our forthcoming exhibitions, courses and classes and events please check National Glass centre's website. More

North East England
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23 reviews 23 reviews
15 attraction reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

How many of you know that Sunderland, a place perhaps traditionally associated with ship-building and coal and nowadays known for a Premiership football team and as the place where Nissan makes over 500,000 cars a year, was once a major centre of glass production. The National Glass Centre is located on the north banks of the River Wear, on the... More

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

Thank you for your positive review of our Centre. We are glad you enjoyed your experience. For details about our forthcoming exhibitions, courses and classes and events please check National Glass centre's website. More

Spennymoor
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29 reviews 29 reviews
5 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

I've been to quite a few glass centres on my travels but I have to say in my opinion, the Glass Centre had nothing going for it. The glass 'ornaments' were lovely and it would have been nice to see glass being blown instead of staring through a window at a couple of people. I appreciate it's free and probably... 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 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. It sounds like you may have missed the signage directing you into the Hot Glass Demonstration area and only looked through the... More

Northumberland
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

We called in more by accident than design and were really pleased we did. Several people on here have commented on the glass blowing demonstration and It was fascinating to watch but we also found the "tube work" demonstration by Norman fascinating. How does he get those 5p pieces in to the mice and owls without them turning black. I'm... 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 enjoyed your experience with us. If you would like to keep up to date with the different events, courses and exhibitions we run throughout the year, please visit our website and sign up to our e-newsletter! More

Birmingham, United Kingdom
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33 reviews 33 reviews
8 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2014

I love glass and ceramics but found this museum soul less. Shame because it is such an interesting subject and so much more could be made of it to engage young and old a like.

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

Many thanks for your review of our Centre. We are always looking for feedback from our visitors. If you have suggestions about what sort of activities and exhibitions you would like to see happen here, please email us at info@nationalglasscentre.com More

Newcastle UK
Top Contributor
56 reviews 56 reviews
13 attraction reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2014

Certainly worth a visit and is a useful starting point to walk around to the Roker Pier and up towards Souter Lighthouse. My only complaint was the cafe. You have to stand by a lectern and wait for service. Along with three other families waited for someone to show us to a seat. One couple with a baby gave up.... 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. We are sorry youfound our Brasserie service to be unsatisfactory. We were extremely busy on Saturday and unfortunately some guests did have to wait while we turned tables round. We always prefer to ask guests to wait to be seated as we don't want guests sitting at dirty tables and wish to... More

Beverly Hills, California
Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We only came here to break the journey home but having been we'd definitely come again just to visit it. It's free, interactive, interesting and informative. The kids enjoyed painting a glass tile and watching the glass makers working in the studio. There are some beautiful pieces to see, some funky exhibits a nice coffee shop and a cool walk... More

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

Many thanks for your fantastic feedback about our Centre. We are delighted that you enjoyed your visit! More

Darlington, United Kingdom
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed our day here, relaxing atmosphere and plenty to look at and learn from. Pleasant, friendly team of staff, will be back.

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

Many thanks for your positive feedback! We are delighted that you enjoyed your experience. More

Durham, United Kingdom
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14 reviews 14 reviews
5 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2014

We have visited the glass centre on many occasions over the years but on this visit we were disappointed with the way the centre has been re organised. The highlight was a demonstration by one of the on sight glass designers he was very informative. The lows were the gift shop not impressed with the gifts. The cafe has also... More

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

Many thanks for your feedback. We are sorry you did not enjoy our Shop or Brasserie selection, we do try to meet as many tastes as possible with both our product and our menus, however we are always looking for ways to imporve our service. If you would like to email more specific feedback about what you would like to... More

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 attraction reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014 via mobile

History and technology together in one place and working examples. Views up the River Wear to the bridges and you can see the impressive quayside University.

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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 glad you enjoyed your visit! More

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