We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

National Glass Centre

Closes in 2 min: 10:00 - 17:00
Open today: 10:00 - 17:00
Review Highlights
Demonstrations of glass blowing

Check times to make sure the demonstrations are running. Small intermit area o you can see all of... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
ajplap
Morning tea

Visited Sunderland for my son interview for university enough time in hand so decided to go visit... read more

Reviewed 6 days ago
n00num
,
Ratho, United Kingdom
via mobile
Read all 847 reviews
242
All photos (242)
Full view
Certificate of Excellence
Traveller Overview
  • Excellent54%
  • Very good30%
  • Average11%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“gift shop”(47 reviews)
“for sale”(25 reviews)
About
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...more
Closes in 2 min
Hours Today: 10:00 - 17:00
See all hours
Contact
Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL, England
Website
+44 191 515 5555
Call
Improve This Listing
Reviews (847)
Filter reviews
844 results
Traveller rating
439
260
98
34
13
Traveller type
Time of year
LanguageEnglish
439
260
98
34
13
Show reviews that mention
All reviews gift shop christmas baubles for sale well worth a visit free entry modern building banks of the river cafe restaurant scones sunderland area interesting place interesting history on display interesting visit lovely cafe great place to visit sunday lunch
FilterEnglish
Updating list...
1 - 10 of 844 reviews
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This place isn’t as interesting as you would think. It’s actually quite boring. I would never come again.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Bibcay
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

One as looking forward to my visit however there was very little to see. the shop had some work but it was limited and they sold a lot of non glass items. there was one gallery the other was closed. overall I found it ok...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Linda W
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi Linda W, we're disappointed to hear you didn't enjoy your visit. The Centre has a total of seven galleries to look around, all free of charge. On occasions one may be closed while a new exhibition is installed and possibly your visit coincided with...More

Reviewed 5 days ago

Check times to make sure the demonstrations are running. Small intermit area o you can see all of the processes of glass blowing.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank ajplap
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Hi, thank you for the review. We agree it's a good idea to check when the demonstrations take place because on occasions they can be affected by some of our other activities, for example the Christmas Baubles workshops.

Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Visited Sunderland for my son interview for university enough time in hand so decided to go visit the glass centre love it and enjoy coffee and passing my time

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank n00num
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thanks for leaving a review, hope your son's interview went well! We look forward to seeing you again in the future.

Reviewed 1 week ago

We are frequent visitors to the Glass Centre housed in a lovely modern building with riverside views. Always something different to see with changing exhibitions and art glass on display. Interesting permanent display about the history of the glass industry in the area. Glass blowing...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank earthtravelller
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi earthtravelller, thanks for leaving us such a positive review. Not surprisingly, we also think it's somewhere to return time and again! We look forward to seeing you here again soon.

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Popped in here last week for coffe, bought 3 cappuccinos and found it to be a bit pricey for drinks that Weren’t even that nice. The lady who served us was a little rude and couldn’t seem to be bothered. Love going here when visiting...More

Date of experience: January 2019
1  Thank Keith W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having a Christmas Birthday can be tricky, this year my daughter decided she wanted to take her friends to the glass centre. We booked the fused glass decorations on December 19th and it was excellent. A chance to make your own design in a variety...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank nialls_angel
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for leaving a review, we really appreciate the feedback in relation to the course. Great to hear your daughter enjoyed her day, hope to see you again soon!

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very good shop with plenty of choice The art gallery is worth a visit There was a man blowing glass so they was very interesting to watch while you are there The coffee shop is well worth a visit the scones are amazing never seen...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank ablemabel12342017
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks for your review, glad to hear you enjoyed your visit. We look forward to seeing you again soon.

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great location on riverfront. There is free entry which means it’s easier to visit several times. The building itself is interesting; as is the live exhibits/production. Time your visit to catch the live performances- well worth it. Gives a good impression of the importance of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank JensHjerm_Denmark
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi, thanks for your review. We look forward to seeing you again the next time you're on a return visit.

Reviewed 12 December 2018 via mobile

Great place for a coffee break and occasional exhibit visit. Lovely, friendly staff. Riverside views.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank leestephenson20
NGC_GlassCentre, Public Relations Manager at National Glass Centre, responded to this reviewResponded 13 December 2018

Thanks for your review, we look forward to seeing you again soon.

View more reviews
Nearby
Nearby HotelsSee all 10 nearby hotels
Travelodge Sunderland High Street West
386 reviews
.77 km away
Hilton Garden Inn Sunderland
648 reviews
1.05 km away
Roker Hotel, BW Premier Collection
251 reviews
1.26 km away
Travelodge Sunderland Central
339 reviews
1.45 km away
Nearby RestaurantsSee all 489 nearby restaurants
Arabesque
513 reviews
.66 km away
The Wolsey
147 reviews
.60 km away
Grosvenor Casino
40 reviews
.73 km away
Boars Head Bistro
76 reviews
.30 km away
Nearby AttractionsSee all 109 nearby attractions
Katie's Garden
11 reviews
.74 km away
Stadium Of Light
771 reviews
1.09 km away
Grosvenor Casino Sunderland
116 reviews
.74 km away
Questions & Answers
Ask a question
JGnSPC
12 December 2016|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from sheepygold | Reviewed this property |
i just tried website. Seems ok as far as I can see. if you have not been there before i can assure you there are plenty of gifts starting at only a few pounds. they also do a lot of glass blowing workshops. Maybe give them a... More
1
Vote
Hilary C
28 March 2016|
Answer
Response from NGC_GlassCentre | Property representative |
Hi Hilary, Yes that should be fine, we have an overflow carpark to the side of the centre which we open if our main carpark is full.
0
Votes
ourcally
13 October 2015|
Answer
Response from NGC_GlassCentre | Property representative |
HI, we are around a 15 minute walk from St Peter's Metro Station. The easiest way to find us is to leave the station and cross the main road (North Bridge Street) and walk along Dame Dorothy Street towards the coast. You... More
0
Votes