Planning your School / Group Visit

National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art welcome a large number of group visits each year from nurseries, schools, FE and HE, community and family learning groups.

To help teachers and group leaders to plan visits please read the information below:

Venue Information

National Glass Centre / Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
Liberty Way, Sunderland, SR6 0GL

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Monday – Sunday)

Tel: 0191 515 5523

Email: [email protected]


You can view and download our Schools Brochure here – National Glass Centre Schools Brochure

Extra resources for schools:

Download a Teachers’ Information Pack

Social story for schools 

Sensory map of National Glass Centre



  • How to book

    Our workshops are available on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

    Booking is easy; contact a member of our Learning and Engagement Team to plan your visit:

    Call: 0191 515 5523

    Email: [email protected]

    Please have the following information ready:

    • Workshops you would like to book
    • Preferred dates of your visit
    • School contact details, including email contact for the lead teacher
    • Number and age group of students. Minimum 15, maximum 30
    • Number of adults. Our ratios are 1:6 for primary schools and 1:15 for secondary schools.
  • Self-Guided School Visits

    National Glass Centre is free for groups to visit under their own steam.

    We welcome self-guided visits and can provide you with a suggested itinerary to make sure you get the best out of your time here. It is recommended that groups are split into a maximum of 15 to make it easier to navigate the exhibitions. All self-guided visits must be booked in advance to avoid overlapping with other groups. There is no charge for groups to visit under their own steam.

    Groups can book the use of one of our learning spaces for lunch, storage of belongings and any other activities for a fee of £25, subject to availability.

    For more information please contact a member of our Learning and Engagement Team on [email protected] or 0191 515 5523.

  • Other Groups

    We offer a range of workshops for Brownies, Cubs and other community groups. We tailor these visits to your group’s interests and availability. Please contact a member of the Learning Team to discuss possibilities at [email protected] or 0191 515 5523.

  • Home Educators

    We offer our core schools programme to home educated children.

    Click here for our Primary Workshops

    Click here for our Secondary Workshops

    For more information, you can also contact us at [email protected] or call us on 0191 515 5523.

  • How much will it cost?

    Prices vary depending on the length of the workshop and the materials required. For a full day visit, our prices vary from £8 – £15 per pupil. Please see our individual workshops for pricing.