Red House Glass Cone, wordsley, Stourbridge

The Stourbridge Glass Industry - see also Stourbridge Glass tour

For centuries glass has been manufactured in the Stourbridge area, reputedly started in the 17th century by French glassmakers from the Lorraine region. They were attracted to the area by the rich natural resources of coal and fireclay for lining furnaces, making it the perfect location for the industry. Stourbridge Glass is recognised as amongst the finest in the world and has been used countless times as gifts for royalty and visiting dignitaries to the UK. Please follow the links below for local glass museums, attractions and services.

The British Glass Foundation website

INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF GLASS - We now have details for the 2024 event

Red House Glass Cone Museum The Redhouse Cone Glassworks Museum Glassworks Experience
Reputedly the last remaining glassmaking cone in the world, discover the story of glassmaking as you follow the cool of the final blown glass to the heat of 1250 degrees C at the recently restored Redhouse Cone, the only complete cone left standing in the world.

Make a day out of it - get to the Red House Cone by canal boat! (booking strongly advised). Photos of the Red House Cone Museum
The Stourbridge Glass Museum The Stourbridge Glass Museum is situated in Amblecote, right opposite the Red House Cone Museum, so it's a great day out to visit both. Discover the fascination story of the Stourbridge glass quarter, Discover what it was like to work inside an iconic glass cone and how the industry helped this part of the Black Country gain an enviable reputation for creativity and skill – around the world. Whether you’re young or old, you’ll find plenty to enjoy. From engaging animations and interactive digital displays to live glass making demonstrations and our globally significant collection, Stourbridge Glass Museum is one part of the heritage trail you cannot afford to miss. The Ruskin Glass Centre, Amblecote, Stourbridge The Ruskin Glass Centre is situated in Amblecote, at the heart of Stourbridge’s historic Glass Quarter. Formerly the factory for Royal Doulton, the site now provides workshops for a thriving community of craftspeople in both traditional and contemporary glassmaking, together with other crafts. Visitors can see the whole glassmaking process from start to finish, including blowing, cutting, kiln work, stained glass and lamp work. Many items are for sale and there is a coffee shop, serving organic food. It is also home to Glasshouse Arts Centre and Studio Theatre. See Stourbridge Glass tour Click here for latest GLASS CUTS, the Journal of the British Glass Foundation