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)

Christmas Opening Times

Early closing time of 4pm: Tuesday 24 December – Christmas Eve & Tuesday 31 December – New Years Eve

Closed: Wednesday 25 December – Christmas Day, Thursday 26 December – Boxing Day & Wednesday 1 January – New Year’s Day

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


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
c/o National Glass Centre
Liberty Way

Get Directions


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.


Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art at 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.

Contact us

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

You can contact us by:

Telephone – 0191 515 5555 (National Glass Centre Visitor Services)

E-mail – [email protected]

A Warm Welcome Back!

We’ve put a few changes in place to keep you safe on your visit so we recommend you check out our Welcome Back Page which tells you everything you need to know ahead of your trip.



In March 2018 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art moved into a brand new 3000 square foot space within National Glass Centre. The Centre is based in the City of Sunderland on the North East Coast of England.

With beautiful views of The River Wear and Sunderland Pier the ‘Glass Building’ also houses contemporary glass exhibitions, daily glassmaking demonstrations, a shop and cafe all of which you can enjoy on your visit to us.

About us

Admission is FREE for everyone. Donations are welcome.








Access and Facilities

Admission and Parking is free for visitors.