Plan Your Visit

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.

Address

National Glass Centre
Liberty Way
Sunderland
SR6 0GL

Get Directions

Directions

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

By car
A1
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.

A19
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.

Cycling
National Glass Centre is part of the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route from Cumbria to Sunderland. We have cycle ‘ parking’ situated in our top car park and on the riverside. There is also a cycle hub to the side of the Centre on the riverside.

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-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.

Parking

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

 

READ MORE

Contact us

If you have any queries or questions we are more than happy to help.

You can contact National Glass Centre by:

Telephone – 0191 515 5555

E-mail – info@nationalglasscentre.com

About us

Admission is FREE for everyone. Donations are welcome.

Read more

FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

Glassblowing, Lathe and Flameworking

READ MORE

Exhibitions

 

EXPLORE

Have a Go: Our Experiences

Family workshops, Adults Courses and Classes and One-to-One glassmaking, we have the perfect hands on experience for you!

EXPLORE

Group Visits

 

FIND OUT MORE

Access and Facilities

Admission and Parking is free for visitors.

READ MORE

Visit Guide: Summer 2019

Check out everything happening this Summer in our latest visit guide!

CLICK HERE