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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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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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Business dinner

Lovely venue for a business dinner. Easily accessible with lots of parking. Delightful layout of tables with riverside view. Very helpful and friendly staff. Food was delicious... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
Sue H
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Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There are a couple of small temporary exhibitions on at present as well as the permanent one covering the history of glass making here. I also watched some glass blowing as well as popping into Wearside Glass for a cheap Xmas present. We did not visit the cafe today as we have had mixed experience there.

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

Nice food lovely view on the river but expensive for a family day out. In good weather you can sit on outside tables which is pleasant. Nice to have a coffee when visiting the glass centre.

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Durham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lovely venue for a business dinner. Easily accessible with lots of parking. Delightful layout of tables with riverside view. Very helpful and friendly staff. Food was delicious and all served hot. One downside was the need for buckets to catch leaks through the roof.

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Thank Sue H
County Durham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Really enjoyed it here. Great way to pass an hour. Some good exhibits. Great shop. Really enjoyed the demonstrations. Got to see how the glass is blown. Free parking and free entry.

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Thank Rebecca A
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 soon. More 

Bedfordshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The National Glass Centre is well worth a visit. Overlooking the River Weir, one can sit and admire the view whilst sitting in the cafe having a cream tee. The scones were delicious, and the staff very friendly. We then took a walk and looked around the exhibits which were very pretty, interesting and intricate. The highlight of the visit... More 

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

Many thanks for your lovely review of National Glass Centre, we are delighted that you enjoyed your experience and hope to see you again soon. More 

Battle, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Perfect to spend an hour or two when the weather isn't that brilliant. The glass blowing demonstration is a must and the cafe is well worth a visit. Their coffee was delicious. Outstanding views alongside the river Wear.

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Thank JennyApps108
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 soon. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A beautiful place at the edge if river wear .. Perfecr place to take kids to show how glass products are made .. Live demo is the one kids loved the most and ofcourse u can request something special just made foe you

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Thank Usman 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 look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Liverpool, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Free entry, free car park, it's a great way to spend a couple of hours experiencing the making of glass in all different forms. We sat in on demonstrations of glass blowing and delicate designs made with a special blow torch, in the experienced hands of a professional and you felt part of it as it was close up with... 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 hope to see you again soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Very interesting place to visit and watch glass blowing being done in front of you. There's also a good selection of good quality glass products to buy to take home. If your a person with a strong nerve you could even walk over the glass roof its a weird experience on first attempt lol.

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Thank Stan L
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 had a go at walking on our glass roof. I still haven't worked up the courage and I work here! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Fallanden, Switzerland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Spent a wonderful afternoon at the National Glass Centre with the family. Very interesting exhibition (interactive), bit of history, class for the kids where they were looked after so well by the staff and a little shop to finish. First class

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

Many thanks for your lovely review of National Glass Centre, we are delighted that you and your family enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

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