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Address: Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL, England
Phone Number: +44 191 515 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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Great place to experience

Great place however slightly expensive in the gift shop, all in all though I would recommend and whats more its free entry!

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Glen P
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57 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Great place however slightly expensive in the gift shop, all in all though I would recommend and whats more its free entry!

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Jarrow, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

A modern friendly centre for all of the family where you can take in demonstrations of glass objects and figurines being made by highly skilled craftsmen and women who give very good running commentaries while performing their skills. The shop offers excellent products made at the centre and from various other countries. The restaurant is very clean, spacious and offers... More 

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North Yorkshire, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Modern & airy with lots of space. Some lovely items on exhibition. The glass blowing presentation was informative and entertaining... and hot! We visited the bar/restaurant area next. Pleasant, friendly staff accommodated our party of nine which included two disabled members. Range of snacks and drinks were served to our table. On a warmer day it would be possible to... 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 and your party enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A group of friends and I decided to do something for Christmas together and booked the bauble session. It sells out pretty quickly and is good value for money at £25 per person. We received such a warm welcome and get stuck straight in . We'd never done anything like this before and we're guided all of the way through... 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 enjoyed your bauble making experience, we hope your baubles turned out fab! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Durham, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my first trip to the Glass Centre, the staff were very welcoming, helpful and the two ladies running the bauble making really informative and made the whole experience a real pleasure. They didn't rush us, the group was small, just 7 of us and any questions were helpfully answered. It's a great introduction and I'm looking to doing... More 

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Thank theMcGills_12
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 bauble experience, i will pass your lovely comments onto our staff. We hope you can come back soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A must visit to reflect on Sunderland's past history in glass making with no entry cost at all. Situated on the banks of the river Wear with a view of the port and piers, preserved walks with numerous sculptures by local artists. The Centre is immaculate and has a wide range of interesting products on display and the opportunity to... More 

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Thank Daveh7242
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 took full advantage of what the Centre and surrounding area has on offer. We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Sunderland, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting and refined place to visit - both the glass side and the café/restaurant. Recently held our wedding + reception here and the whole experience was wonderful!

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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 we're honored you chose to spend your special day with us! We look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 178 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Loved this place seeing how they make beautiful glass ware, from wearing it to decorating your home with it. Its great vor the kids to learn how glass is made. Lovely cafe on site as well, plenty of parking.

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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 we hope to see you again. More 

Billingham, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We took our small grandchildren here as they have been learning about glass - and they loved it. They enjoyed making a Hallowe'en 'dream catcher' in the crafts class - only £3 each. We all enjoyed the demonstrations and the exhibitions. One of the most popular things though was going up onto the glass roof and looking down several stories.... More 

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Thank Paul B
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 and your grandchildren enjoyed your experience and look forward to welcoming you back soon. More 

Yorkshire Dales
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Nice location. Good displays and history of important local industry. Good working demonstrations and displays. Nice shop and cafe, even if many of items in shop were beyond my price range. Enjoys watching Christmas baubles being blown.

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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 soon. More 

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