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“A great place to learn about glass and to buy hand made Xmas presents - and its free.”

National Glass Centre
Ranked #3 of 47 things to do in Sunderland
Certificate of Excellence
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Owner description: 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 great place to learn about glass and to buy hand made Xmas presents - and its free.”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

We have not been here for more than a year and notice that it has been largely renovated. After a coffee (rather expensive) we watched a demonstration of a glass lathe which was fascinating and then decided to look for Xmas presents. This place has a superb shop. Some of the pieces are rather expensive but there are plenty of gifts made on-site from a few pounds to £200 plus. I recommend looking at the pieces made during public demonstrations of glass-blowing as these pieces are unique and very reasonably priced. We did not have time to look round the museum or exhibition.

Visited October 2013
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Mirfield, United Kingdom
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“varied visit”
Reviewed 25 October 2013

An ultra modern attraction with lots to see including live demonstrations of working with glass. The history of glass making in the north east is fascinating.

Visited October 2013
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Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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“Walk on the Glass roof”
Reviewed 6 October 2013

The National Glass Centre is well signposted and has free parking.

On arrival go up onto the roof and view the River and Ships; for those that have faith in modern technology walk across the Glass Roof (not ideal if you are wearing a skirt or Dress as those below can look straight up) what a strange feeling!!!!!!

Inside You can watch Glass blowing and view the many Glass ornaments on display, there are some very nice vases etc. for purchase (a bit pricey). there is a restaurant with reasonable prices.

A good day out for familys

Visited September 2013
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Leicester UK
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“A National Treasure”
Reviewed 27 September 2013

This has everything for a day out.
Well signposted so easy to find.
Free parking and close, easy access.
Free entry (Although a £2.00 donation is suggested - well worth it)
An inspiring modern building.
Excellent demonstrations of glass blowing and other glass techniques by enthusiastic but not OTT craftsmen and women.
A display of the history of glass working, both locally and wider afield.
Exhibitions by modern glass artists.
Beautiful glass items to buy in the shop if you wish.
A restaurant with interesting views over the River Wear.
If they could fix the weather it would be perfect. Certainly worth a second visit.

Visited September 2013
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Berwick-upon-Tweed, United Kingdom
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“great afternoon”
Reviewed 19 September 2013

Totally refurbished, and what a difference! Lovely history, plenty information, exhibition, VERY enjoyable 35 minute glass blowing show, tempting unusual shop, and the brasserie is 9/10. The food was good, lots of choice, perfect glutenfree choice, little bit too ''cool'' a place for my liking, but I suppose it fits in the Centre perfectly well! Well worth a visit. Demos at certain times only, so prepare your visit.

Visited September 2013
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