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Welcome to the Red House Glass Cone, a heritage site with 225 years of glass, industrial and social history within its walls. The site is home to many skilled artists and companies who invite you to visit their units and find unique gifts for special occasions. If you don't want to explore and are just looking for a quiet spot for lunch or afternoon tea, the Cone is still the perfect place to visit and you will be well catered for by the Red Cone Coffee House

Below you will find details to help you prepare for your visit. We have worked to improve access across the site, but as an industrial heritage site, certain parts may still be challenging. Please read the Access Guide at the bottom of the page if you have any concerns. 

Entry to all parts of the Red House Glass Cone is free.

A view of the cone
A view of the Cone from the canal
 
Opening Times:
 
Red House Glass Cone
Monday - Friday: 10am -3pm. 
Saturday & Sunday: 11am-4pm. 
 
Glass blowing demonstrations
Weekends 1.30-3.30pm
School holidays:
Weekdays 11am-2.30pm, Weekends 12noon-3.30pm
 
Craft Studios
Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays. Please check with individual studios to confirm opening.
 
Red Cone Coffee House
10am-4pm. Booking required for groups of 10 or more

 

An owl at the cone
The Cone holds many events

 

Travelling to the Cone

Address

High Street, Wordsley, Stourbridge. DY8 4AZ.

Directions by road

Leave the M5 at junction 4, then at roundabout take the 1st exit onto the A491. Continue on the A41 for approximately 10 miles until you arrive at the Red House Glass cone.  There is free parking, blue badge spaces and a coach space.

Public transport

The nearest train station is Stourbridge Town. You will then require the bus described below. 

the Travel West Midlands 256+257 (Stourbridge-Wolverhampton/Wolverhampton-Stourbridge) bus connects Wolverhampton and Stourbridge bus stations and goes past the Cone. There is a stop 20 metres away.  

Glassblowing at the Red House Glass Cone
A glass blowing demonstration
 
 Car parking is free and includes blue badge spaces.
 
Visitors guide themselves around the site with information provided by video and audio displays, image and text panels. Ask for a free audio guide or buy a guidebook to enhance your experience.
 
In addition to the buildings you will explore industrial and glass artefacts that either belonged to Stuart Crystal or were donated to DMBC Museums Service.
 
Free children's trails are always available, come and try our infamous Duck Trail or for older children our Titanic Trail. Complete the trail and get a sweet treat at the end.
 
If you have particular requirements for accessing the site, please read the Access Guide at the bottom of the page.

 

Glass birds in the shop
The shop has many interesting gifts

 

Group visits and guided tours

If you are a group, ten or more people please let us know in advance of your visit, particularly if you are planning to visit the Red Cone Coffee House who require prior notice to accommodate large groups. Please phone 01384 812756 to book your group. Schools should follow this link.

If you want a special experience for your group, you may want to consider booking one of the options below. We are able to tailor your group's experience. 

Museum led tour

Your group will be guided around the site by our knowledgeable and friendly Tour Guides; learning fascinating facts about the glass industry and its importance to the local area.

Please allow one hour. Maximum 15 per group.

Glassblowing demonstration

Our glassblower will demonstrate some of the properties of hot glass whilst making a piece of studio glass.

Please allow 30 minutes. Maximum 15 per group.

Glass kiln fusing

Your group will work in our Glass fusing studio. They will design and decorate a glass tile using Bullseye glass. The tiles will then be fused in a kiln overnight. You will need to arrange collection.

Please allow 1 hour 15 minutes. Maximum 15 per group. 

How to book

Please contact us with several possible dates for your visit.

Phone: 01384 812750 / 812756 / 812754

Email: museums@dudley.gov.uk