The World of Glass

The World of Glass, St Helens: Hours, Address, The World of Glass Reviews: 4.5/5

The World of Glass
4.5
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10:00 - 17:00
Monday
10:00 - 17:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 17:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 17:00
Thursday
10:00 - 17:00
Friday
10:00 - 17:00
Saturday
10:00 - 17:00

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Gas monkey
Nantwich, UK53 contributions
May 2022 • Business
Disgusting attitude of manager disgusting service towards coach tour groups! Arrived only to find the huge coach park has been closed and I had to bring a 14 meter coach into a tiny car park! After arriving I went into the cafe, only to find one poor lady having to serve all my passengers! I heard this so called "NEW MANAGER" say to the lady drinks only no food" i then asked why only one lady on the cafe serving to which This "NEW MANAGER" ask if I had a problem! I explained that he knew my coach load of passenger were booked in, well in advance and that there should be more than one lady serving! This guy has a serious attitude! They way he spoke to his lady was disguting! On my way out I made a comment about this " "Manager" I was told he started 2 weeks ago and everyone "HATES him! I can see why! What a terrible disgusting service!
Written 19 May 2022
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Janey G
Ashton in Makerfield, United Kingdom11 contributions
May 2022
Visited yesterday 18 May
What a great place, we live a short distance away but had never been.
We were enjoying a walk around when I was taken ill and fainted, they could not have been more helpful.
I’m so grateful for the care they showed me.
I was fine after being checked out at hospital.
I was looking for an email address so I could thank them but could not see one on their website so I really hope they see this.
We will definitely come back to see the other half of the museum and the glass blowing that we missed.
Thank you so much once again for your kindness.
Written 19 May 2022
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Deb H
5 contributions
Nov 2021
I went a few months ago on a date day. We both love quirky "unusual" museums because they're usually a bit cheesy, they are always interesting and the people who work/volunteer there are always really passionate about the subject matter.

I walked in and was met with a diorama of early man admiring some obsidian. I thought "great, this is going to be cheesy as heck"! How wrong was I?! The museum is laid out beautifully. There's a huge collection of objects from all over the world from marbles to glass sculptures, all carefully lablled with their origin and history. There's a walk through section charting the history of glass making in St Helens, focusing on the Pilkington Glass company as well as the everyday people behind the trade, and this was all set out in relation to what Britain was like during each era.

One of the lovely volunteers/workers guided us to a room to watch a video. Me and my paterner thought "this is it, the cheesy bit", expecting an old CRT to be wheeled in. No. It was a whole experience! Large projections that had a 3D depth, sound and light effects! It was amazing. Unfortunately we came on one of the few days that they didn't have the glass blowing demonstration, but we will be going back for it (price of admission includes 12 month membership)!

After the film we were walked over to the Victorian furnace, where our super helpful guide explained the workings and the history behind the massive building. I did get one assumption about this place right: the guides here really know their stuff and are really passionate about the subject!

The World of Glass is, hands down, the best "subject specific" museum I've ever been to. It's very culturally important, especially for the North West of England, and I would reccomend to everyone.
Written 24 March 2022
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Matt
16 contributions
Mar 2022
The World of Glass is a hidden gem but more people need to know about it!

There is a very well presented cafe that serves coffee, cakes and snacks and I would definitely recommend it.
Written 7 March 2022
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Roger P
St. Asaph, UK57 contributions
Oct 2021 • Couples
The World of Glass is an interesting half day visit for adults and families. It combines living history in its historic glass furnace, that was a world leader in glass production, together with informative videos of the history of glass manufacture, and a nationally important museum of glassware with pieces from Rome through to today. You can also see a fascinating live display of glass blowing. Entrance is £6, children £4 and there are concessions for families and seniors. It is very good value for money, given it deserves a minimum of two hours, and many will want to spend three or four hours to fully appreciate it, and enjoy food and refreshments in the pleasant cafe.
Written 7 November 2021
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dougie g
2 contributions
Oct 2021
Our group of 40 visited the World of glass. From arriving to leaving was great delight. Plenty of interesting things to find out about the history of glass.interesting demonstration film and practical demonstration. But for me its the way the staff make your visit that shines through. Well done
Written 19 October 2021
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Rob P
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Took the kids a few times since moving to the area, good way to spend a few hours on the weekend. Would recommend
Written 15 August 2021
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roland m
Liverpool, UK32 contributions
Aug 2021
This is a very unusual and rewarding experience. The exhibits are interesting and unusual and the place is airy and easy to navigate. There is a glassmaking demo every 90 minutes or so, an art gallery and an excellent cafe. Of interest to all ages.
Written 6 August 2021
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Leslie S
Chester, UK42 contributions
Jul 2021
This was really easy to find and there is free parking. The entrance is great for kids as it is an echo chamber that asks them to try it out. The exhibition is useful and informative and covers glass from a number of places in the world. There is a also a good section of he growth of St Helens that is illustrative of a number of similar towns,
The highlight was the glass blowing demonstration followed by 1 20 minutes screen show of glass.
We took our grandchild but there was another party of children in as well. He found in interesting but we found it even more so.
We then has a nice lunch in the spacious cafe, a bit et to be outdoors by the canal bank, and then treated him at the gift shop.
Staff were all friendly and helpful and it is one of the better museums we have visited - and we have done a few!
Written 29 July 2021
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Road829564
Birkenhead, UK33 contributions
Jul 2021
enjoy eating in the world of glass.A different dish each day on offer. Very bright and clean with lovely friendly staff
Written 15 July 2021
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