St Helens is famous for rugby league and also as being the home of Pilkington Glass. The World of Glass beautifully showcases one of the planet’s most durable and versatile substances.
Now a global brand, Pilkington started life as the St Helens Crown Glass Company in the early 19th century . It continues to be one of the area’s largest employers and has a major impact on the local economy. Over a decade ago the company gave St Helens an attraction to be very proud of – a brand new museum and visitor centre devoted to glass.
Displays of artefacts tells you the story of glass – from ancient history and medieval times culminating in spectacular examples of the art of the legendary glass makers of Venice.
Glass revolution is an exciting film with special effects, there are also live demonstrations of glass blowing which the children will love. The Level One gallery presents interesting work by contemporary glass artists, much of which is actually for sale – what a memento from your day out at The World of Glass!
Children will have fun wandering around the mirror maze and exploring the underground tunnels running beneath the Victorian Cone House. Reach this unique example of a 19th century glass making furnace via the glass bridge crossing over the canal!
Highlight of the Day
The Venetian glass chandelier in the foyer – magnificent and a true wonder
Nearest train station : St Helens Central Railway Station (5 minute walk)
Car parking : limited on-site parking – once it’s full head to the multi storey car park next door
Website : www.worldofglass.com