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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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10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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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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Easy to find and free entrance. Lovely café which also does some amazing occasional evening events. Some very interesting demonstrations and a lovely shop with things that are... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed today
Alison H
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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Always good for a visit. Entrance is free and there's lots of parking. Lovely river views. There are various exhibitions to see and a half hour watching A glass blower at work is awesome. A master craftsman, just rotating the rod to keep the glass in the right position is amazing, it is reheated each step of the way as... More 

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High Wycombe, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW

Easy to find and free entrance. Lovely café which also does some amazing occasional evening events. Some very interesting demonstrations and a lovely shop with things that are made there as well as other bits.

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Thank Alison H
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed today NEW via mobile

We come here on a regular period it's free entry and great to see they have glass blowing which is great and educational if your in Sunderland I would recommend it to stop and see

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Thank Roger M
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The glass blowing demo was really interesting - this lasted 30 mins and was genuinely absorbing. The problem with our visit was there is little else. There is a *small* museum with a history of glass making in Sunderland/The North East which is interesting but must constitute less than a quarter of the whole building. The only other thing that... More 

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Thank Keith B
St. Andrews, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

spent a pleasant few hours here on a wet and windy day. it was well worth the visit to see the glass blowing exhibition. The food in the café was also very good.

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Not worth the time it took to get there, A 30 minute demo on blowing a bowl, shop selling stuff from all over the world nothing much local Cafe had a very limited menu Went with my disabled farther and needed to ask a coach driver to move as was unable to see anywhere for coaches to park

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Northallerton, England, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A wide variety of glass on display some useful some decorative but all beautiful..a lovely cafe to sit and enjoy the view while tasting freashly made food and wonderful cakes highly recommended .we were both informed and entertained by the glass blowing demonstation

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Excellent glass exhibition, creative art centre for children very good,restaurant in ground floor near Wear river providing good lunch,nice glass blowing demo,beautiful gift shop,free entry & don't forget to stand & view on the glass floor on top!!!!

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Thank Balaraman K
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Excellent. i have been on a number of occasions and find the staff extremely helpful and informative. It is amazing to watch glass been made close to the site where it was first produced in this country in the 7 th. century

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Thank MaksTakit
Shropshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Not sure why it took us so long to visit this place, as now we have, we'll be back again! Free car parking with disabled bays right opposite the entrance which is down a slope - in fact you don't really notice the place until you have parked. Lovely staff loaned us a wheelchair so that my husband could get... More 

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