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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 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 10:00 - 17:00
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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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A dining room with a great view

We have used this as a restaurant and a coffee shop for a number of years but lately the standard seems to have leapt up the table. The coffee and cakes are very good and located... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
Les P
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South Shields, United Kingdom
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW via mobile

Initial impression was good, service was quick and polite. Then the food came. Salmon and prawn salad and Scampi with chips and beans. The salmon smelt strong and still covered in scales so not prepared properly. The lettuce was borderline slimey and the mayonnaise dip was 2 tone when some old mayonnaise had been topped up with fresh mayonnaise. The... More 

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South Shields, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We have used this as a restaurant and a coffee shop for a number of years but lately the standard seems to have leapt up the table. The coffee and cakes are very good and located right on the banks of the river Wear you have wonderful views. Lately we have been going for lunch and their daily specials are... More 

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

To watch two highly skilled people create a vase with swirling colours and a white interior was fascinating. They talked us through the process while manipulating the hot glass creating a unique item. It was a unique experience

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Thank Paul W
Sunderland, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Lovely venue really good food nice friendly welcome lovely view of river and regular visit. From dolphins nice and bright lovely atmosphere xxx

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Lincoln, Lincolnshire, England
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

An amazing place to visit - a definite must. So much to learn about Sunderland's glass industry and history. See glass blowing - such skill and purchase lovely items in the shop from pocket money prices to special present prices, A place to return to.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We tend to take our visiting friends and family for a day out here and they love it. Seeing the glass made, visiting the exhibitions, shop and cafe makes it a lovely venture out.....and it's free entry.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

My wife and I were visiting our friends in Cramlington, Northumberland for a few days in early February. We are all very keen birdwatchers and had spent a day up the coast but the weather was very, very cold. The following day it was suggested that we have an inside visit and the National Glass Centre in Sunderland would be... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Meeting a client at the glass centre. My first impression was not a good one. The lady on reception was quite frosty and I felt unwelcome.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I was here when I was enjoyed walking in Sunderland sea path.It is good but not wow attraction The National Glass Center is a cultural venue and visitor attraction located in Sunderland, North East England. It is part of the University of Sunderland. Established in 1997 and finished 1998

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

We visited with friends for Sunday lunch and were impressed as well as a little disappointed. The red meat eaters had a superb beef lunch but the non red meat eaters had to make do with vegetarian casserole with Yorkshire pudding. It has to be said that the casserole was very good but a rethink of the menu is required.... More 

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