Plan Your Visit

  • National Glass Centre is following current government guidance around COVID-19. You can check current government guidance here.
  • The safety of those who visit, work or take part in activities at National Glass Centre continues to be our priority
  • Hand sanitiser remains available throughout the building and we will continue to maintain an enhanced cleaning regime throughout the building
  • Our Shop, Café and car park continue to be cashless
  • We ask visitors who are feeling unwell, or are displaying COVID-19 symptoms to stay at home

Opening times

We’re open 10am-5pm daily.


National Glass Centre
Liberty Way

Get Directions


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.

The 702 Sunderland City Centre bus is now available to take from Sunderland interchange to St Peters Campus which is the closest stop to The Glass Centre. Route starts 16.09.19

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. You can find and book coach and train timetables on Trainline.

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 and Teesside International Airport are both about 45 minutes from Sunderland.

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


Visitors to National Glass Centre are required to pay for parking at National Glass Centre Car Park, which is located to the front of the building and accessible from Dame Dorothy Street.

Find out more about National Glass Centre car parking charges.

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

Blue Badge holders may continue to park for free in designated bays providing they display a valid permit. If all designated bays are full, blue badge holders can park in other bays for free as long as they display their valid permit.

Find out about other car parks in Sunderland.



You can also rent e-scooters to travel around Sunderland.


Access and Facilities

Admission is free for visitors.


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Frequently Asked Questions



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 – [email protected]

About us

Admission is FREE for everyone. Donations are welcome.

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FREE Daily Glass Making Demonstrations

Glassblowing, Lathe and Flameworking.

Our glass blowing demonstrations are running daily. Read more to find out about timings.





Have a Go: Our Glassblowing Experiences

We are not currently running any of our one to one Glassblowing Experiences.



Pick up the perfect souvenir or gift in our shop. You can also now shop online!