National Glass Centre is a centre for culture and learning, dedicated to exploring ideas through glass and providing opportunities for people to get creative and be inspired. A varied programme of changing exhibitions shows international glass, contemporary art, craft and design. Located in an innovative glass and steel building beside the River Wear, National Glass Centre houses the UK's largest art glass-making facility and is home to the University of Sunderland Glass and Ceramics department. National Glass Centre offers courses for all abilities as well as free, live glass-blowing with commentary every day.
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Suitable for all child ages
Assist dogs allowed
- Parking onsite
- Fully accessible
- Facilities: Lifts, ramps, wheelchairs, induction loops, adult changing places room
- Accessible toilets
- Open all year
- Opening Times: Open all year, daily 10-5 (last admission to glass tour 4.45). Closed 25-26 Dec & 1 Jan
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The metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear encompasses Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Gateshead, South Shields and Sunderland, as well as part of Hadrian’s Wall. The county is cut through by the two rivers after which it is named. The area grew prosperous on coal and shipbuilding, and buildings of Victorian grandeur reflect its heyday. George Stephenson established an ironworks here in 1826, and the first engine on the Stockton and Darlington railway was made in Newcastle.
Newcastle’s ‘new castle’ is believed to date from the 11th century, though the present keep dates from the 12th. Other ancient buildings include the cathedral and Guildhall, while contemporary constructions include the Metro, which links Newcastle to Gateshead (along with several bridges), and the Metro Centre in Gateshead, Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex.
Jarrow, five miles east of Newcastle, is remembered for the Jarrow Crusade of 1936, when 200 men marched to London to bring attention to the plight of unemployed shipbuilders. The town was also the home of monk-scholar, the Venerable Bede, whose 8th-century work, Historia Ecclesiastica Gentis Anglorum, was the first important history written about the English.
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