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National Glass Centre

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Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL, England
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+44 191 515 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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Well worth a visit

Easy access parking. Glass roof on building which you can walk on not great if you don't like heights otherwise I loved it. Inside there are galleries displaying a range of glass... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 6 days ago
Les M
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

worked in security there for a while its ok if thats your thing but it didn't do much for me. but as i say it was work

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Easy access parking. Glass roof on building which you can walk on not great if you don't like heights otherwise I loved it. Inside there are galleries displaying a range of glass arts and craft. There are viewable workshops to see how it's done. There's a shop on site to find gifts and a restaurant overlooking the river side.

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

First up, there is no entry fee so anyone can go in. Watch how they make glassware from start to finish and enjoy the finished product. Lovely food areas inside, and also outside overlooking the river. Free car parking too. Well worth a visit with the family.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

A very modern building with plenty to see and do for all ages. The glass blowing displays are very educational and take place at regular intervals. The products are then for sale at bargain prices. A shop at the centre also sells glassware and other goods and toys. A cafe/restaurant is located on the ground floor and caters for full... More 

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Blyth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

good if your looking for something different to do at Christmas time. make your own bauble and collect it a week later to put on your tree. time can drag a little while your waiting for others in the group to go

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely pieces of glass, some reasonable but others very expensive. Jewellry too. Well worth a visit.

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Middlesbrough, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our grandchildren (aged 8 and 4) and spent 3 hours there. The glass blowing demonstration was extremely interesting and well explained. The children asked to attend a repeat demonsttration later in the day. They also enjoyed the education rooms where they could draw and build shapes. The cafe also catered for child portion meals at a reasonable cost.... More 

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Gateshead, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party of 6 booked to make blown glass baubles for Christmas. With this being quite a dangerous activity we did not expect to be so involved in their creation!. The two girls who guided us that day were superb, the instructions were simple and we were allowed to roll the glass in our chosen colours, then to place it... More 

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Oatlands, Tasmania, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

It is a great place to visit on a cold day. The building is easily accessible & well laid out. Ramps & lifts make it easy to move around. The building itself is worth visiting in its own right. The highlight is watching the glass blowers doing their thing, absolutely spellbinding to watch. We came away with 3x beautiful handblown... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

You get a good insight of how glass is manufactured. The demonstration is very lively and you can feel the heat the labourer is exposed to. The choice of glass jewellery is extremely tempting. I could hardly make my daughter leave the place. It was a successful teenager entertaining afternoon.

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