National Glass Centre provides an unusual day out that is free for all the family. You can experience world class exhibitions and learn about glass making traditions in Sunderland; watch live glassblowing in our Hot Glass Studio; take part in craft activities; buy some locally made gifts in our shop or stay for lunch at our riverside cafe, The Glass Yard.
National Glass Centre is a part of the University of Sunderland and is based on the north side of the River Wear on St Peters Campus.
The Centre is based on two floors with lift access to galleries on the first floor and shop, The Glass Yard and Hot Glass Studio on the ground floor.
We advise that visitors will need at least 2 hours to explore the Centre.
There is free WiFi access throughout the building.
Visitors are able to browse the exhibition, experience the audio visual displays and take part in our interactive displays. From time to time there are guided tours of the galleries.
Our free glassblowing demonstrations run three times per day on a first come first served basis and we have seating in a stepped area for 50 people. There is an area at the front designated for wheelchair users.
You can also enjoy The Glass Yard and shop selling a range of hand-crafted goods many of which are made here at National Glass Centre by local artists. These are all situated on the ground floor with step free access.
We have two access toilets on the upper and lower floors, and have an Adult Changing Place on the first floor.
Staff wearing name badges are on hand throughout the Centre should you require any assistance.
We look forward to welcoming you. If you have any queries or require any assistance please phone 0191 515 5555 or email [email protected]