Take a masterclass in glass at this modern museum, which celebrates 1,400 years of a local craft with glittering displays and glassmakers in action.
Sunderland has been famed for its exquisite glassware ever since the 7th century, when locally made stained-glass windows adorned monasteries and churches for hundreds of miles around.
The National Glass Centre honours that tradition with interactive exhibits and galleries filled with historic and contemporary glass masterpieces. You can watch expert glassmaker’s craft stunning pieces before your eyes. Book ahead and you can even try your own hand at glass blowing.
Afterwards, seek out the stunning stained glass at nearby St Peter’s Church, one of the UK’s earliest stone churches, dating all the way back to 674AD. The church was once home to Venerable Bede, ‘The Father of English History’.
Also worth exploring close by are the Riverside Sculpture Trail, the beach and marina.
The National Glass Centre is a short walk from St Peter’s Metro Station in Sunderland, which is a 3-hour train ride north from London.