Stourbridge glass at a glance

Glassblowing in Stourbridge Glass Quarter at Ruskin Glass CentreYou may know we have a thriving glass quarter in Stourbridge, but have you thought to give it a visit yet?

These historic sites and creative industries are something we’re very proud to have on our doorstep, with four fabulous venues all doing amazing things with glass and crystal.

Just in case you haven’t yet given Stourbridge glass a glance, here are our top ten reasons why you should…

1. Free Entry

Yes, it’s absolutely free to enter all of the four glass attractions – The Red House Glass Cone, Broadfield House Glass Museum, Ruskin Glass Centre and Tudor Crystal. You can’t get better value than that, and there’s free parking too.

2. Demonstrations

All four attractions offer regular demonstrations of their glass and crystal making crafts. See the hot glass studios in use, marvel at the glassblowers in action, find out how colour and pattern is added to create the beautiful pieces on show, discover how crystal is cut into intricate designs and watch engravers at work.

3. Special Events

From family-focussed days to historic re-enactments, themed events, exhibitions, festivals, concerts and craft fayres – there are a host of special events catering to all interests and tastes taking place at the various glass venues throughout the year.

4. Canalside Setting

Both the Red House Glass Cone and Ruskin Glass Centre are situated on the banks of the scenic Stourbridge canal. Combine your visit with a towpath walk, take a canal cruise to complement your day or sit and enjoy the stunning scenery over a cuppa.

5. Studio Crafts

Many local artists take advantage of the fantastic studio facilities at these sites – which is great news for visitors as you get to see these craftspeople at work and buy their wonderful creations. As well as a host of glass crafters, all with their own unique styles and specialisms, there are painters, jewellers, sculptors, potters, woodcrafters, soap-makers and more!

6. Join In

If you’re not content to just sit back and watch – you can join in one of the many craft workshops and art activities available! There is something to engage all ages and abilities, with craft sessions for little ones from age 4+, up to introductory glass making sessions for adults.

7. History

Stourbridge has been home to a thriving glass industry for 400 years and all the venues have a fascinating history to share. Guided tours are available if this piques your interest.

8. Unique Gifts

If you need to buy a special someone a very unique gift – look no further! Each glass attraction has a gift shop full of wondrous, hand-made giftware and the studio crafters all sell their own goods on site too. Tudor Crystal’s factory shop is a must visit offering savings of up to 60%.

9. Cafe

Food and drink is always a highlight to any day out and the Red House Glass Cone and Ruskin Glass Centre don’t disappoint. Their cafes offer a delicious range of home-made food – including some very yummy cakes.

10. Great for Groups

Looking for somewhere a little bit different to take a group? The glass centres can arrange a group tour of one, or all of the glass attractions in a day. Bring a coach-load and enjoy the experience en-masse.

Things to note:

• Dates, times and details of special events, workshops and demonstrations can be found on the individual attractions’ websites. Some special events may be ticketed and require prior booking with an entry fee.
• Craft activities and workshops may incur a charge and you may need to book in advance.
• Booking will be required for group tours and may incur a charge.

Visit these websites for more information:

Red House Glass Cone

Broadfield House Glass Museum

Ruskin Glass Centre

Tudor Crystal