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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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Very interseting and good to see glass being made close up. A unique experience right on the river bank.

Great exhibits and a good café/restaurant with a smashing terrace on the river's edge. Combine the Glass Centre with a coffee and/or a meal right on the river Wear. The river bank... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
john_baharie013
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Popped into the National Glass Centre on passing. Was highly impressed. Vist the exhibition on the first floor of various glass sculptures of artists from all around the world was very impressive and the staff who were on hand explaining who the artist are a great exhibition. Moving on to the glass blowing workshop watching the staff going through the... More 

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Visited glass centre opened at 10am but no lift was working, no hot food ready and shop not ready for custom. If open to the public at 10:00am services within the centre also need to be ready. A disappointing visit this time round

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Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Great exhibits and a good café/restaurant with a smashing terrace on the river's edge. Combine the Glass Centre with a coffee and/or a meal right on the river Wear. The river bank walk is very popular taking you to the twin resorts of Roker (via the marina) then on to Seaburn.

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

visited with friends on a trip up north and I was very impressed with what was on offer. So many beautiful things on display and the view from the rooftop walk is amazing. Great view of Sunderland riverside. I wish I had taken my camera with me. Will most definitely return with friends in the future

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Swansea, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Very interesting. Walking on the glass floor outside is a must.The caffe was excellent too, would recommend.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I took a special Saturday morning course learning to blow small glass animals, airplane, and ships on wooden plinths. While passing the centre my daughter suggested having lunch while visiting the shop. This place is really worth a visit if you want something out of the ordinary for a special gift. Prices ranged from cheap to expensive. Something g for... More 

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Thank Grumpyoldwoman18
Whitley Bay, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

An excellent day out. The glass-blowing demonstation was informative and entertaining. Good cafe, good shop.

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

We booked the fused coaster workshop for our daughters to start off the holidays. The activity lasted an hour and cost £14. The tutor was terrific , great with the children and gave an easy to follow demonstration. We were able to draw designs and make them with coloured glass chips and squares. All of the children made two coasters... More 

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Thank nialls_angel
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. i will pass on you comments to Lily and look forward to seeing you in a few days to collect your handmade coasters. More 

Redcar
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464 reviews
150 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

I don't know what I was expecting but it wasn't this. I found the venue to be very dull with no atmosphere. There are a few exhibits but not as many as I expected and it was nearly all modern glass sculptures, nothing of any age. There is plenty of colour about and a bit of information but not much... More 

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

Many thanks for your review of National Glass Centre, we're sorry you didn't fully enjoy your visit, we have several contemporary glass exhibitions on the first floor for visitors to enjoy. Our main exhibition will change on October 2 to present work from international glass artist Silvia Levenson, we hope you can come take a look. If you looking for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Went to the national glass centre on the last day of my visit in Sunderland was amazing what beautiful things I saw made of glass and some wonderful colours too I had never been before it's well worth a visit if you've not been before I plan to go again on my next trip to Sunderland! give it a big... 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 look forward to welcoming you back on your next trip. More 

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