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Opening Times

Monday – Sunday: 10am – 5pm

The Glass Yard Cafe: Open Daily from 10am – 4.30pm (please note last orders for hot food is at 4pm)

Closed: Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year’s Day

Please note – These opening times are applicable to National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.


National Glass Centre
Liberty Way


National Glass Centre Car Park, to the front of the building, is FREE to all visitors and accessible from Dame Dorothy Street.

During busy periods, overflow parking can be found in the gravel car park to the right of the main car park.


The National Glass Centre is located on the banks of the River Wear at Monkwearmouth in Sunderland.

By car
Take the exit onto A1231 towards Washington/Sunderland
Take Sunderland Highway A1231
Follow Wessington Way A1231
Follow Brown Signs to National Glass Centre, Liberty Way.

Take the  A1231 slip road to Sunderland/Gateshead on A19 southbound
Take the A1231 slip road to Gateshead/Newcastle West/Sunderland North/Airport on A19 northbound
Follow Wessington Way A1231
Follow Brown Signs to National Glass Centre, Liberty Way.

By bus
The E1 takes you from Sunderland City Centre to Roker Avenue which is only a few hundred metres distance from the main entrance.

The 700 Sunderland Connect bus is also available to take from park Lane Campus and City Campus.

National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland.

By Train or Metro
Regular Metros and Trains operate between Sunderland and Newcastle. There is a direct rail link to Sunderland from Middlesbrough every hour.

National Glass Centre is a 10/15-minute walk from St Peter’s Metro Station. Journey time from Newcastle to St Peter’s Station is 25 minutes. The easiest route is to walk along Dame Dorothy Street towards the coast and turn right at the roundabout with all of the National Glass Centre flags on it.

‌By Air
Newcastle Airport, Teesside Airport and Durham Tees Valley Airport are all about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

By Taxi
Station Taxis provide accessible taxis and can be contacted on 0191 555 5555.

About us

Admission is FREE for everyone. Donations are welcome.

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