The History

Built in the year 2000, The World of Glass charity has worked hard to bring a beacon of light to the town of St Helens.

The World of Glass Through the years

We believe that our heritage and the traditions of glass are important. The visitor attraction will tell you about the origins of glass thousands of years ago, right up to amazing contemporary pieces made today. You can watch live glass blowing demonstrations and ask questions or admire the hand made pieces on sale in the shop.

Tank House No 9
1887

Built in 1887, The Tank house is where William Windle Pilkington perfected the regenerative process and continuous glass making. It’s the reason The World of Glass stands on this site.

Now Gallery
2023

Send message down our fibre optics or morph two faces in a mirror. This is where you can find out about the material we cannot live without.

The interesting Features of the museum
The Victorian Pub

While pulling a pint in the Bluebell, listen to the regulars talking about the terrible pit disaster at Haydock.

The Glass Gallery

From the origins of glass through to contemporary, the glass gallery really is the jewel in our collection.

Godfrey Pilkington Gallery

Check out our ever changing exhibition programme to see what’s on.

Useful information Plan your visit

How to get here, opening times, and parking charges.