We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

Thames Glass

Certificate of Excellence
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Get directions
Address: 688 Thames St, Newport, RI 02840-6735
Phone Number:
+1 401-846-0576
10:00 - 18:00
Open now
See all hours
Sun 12:00 - 17:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 18:00

We are open for the year and offer glassblowing lessons most days. Please...

We are open for the year and offer glassblowing lessons most days. Please call for available time slots or come watch the glassblowers working. See their finished hand blown glass pieces at Thames Glass Glassblowing Studio & Gallery. Hand Blown Glass by Matthew Buechner since 1981.

read more

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 163 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 139
  • 20
    Very good
  • 3
  • 1
  • 0
Treasure to remember our visit

We come every year and make an ornament at Thames glass. Shane has helped us each time and is very patient with us . We look forward to doing a case on our next trip. One good... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Albany, New York
via mobile
Add Photo Write a Review

163 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Showing 163: English reviews
Albany, New York
Level Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We come every year and make an ornament at Thames glass. Shane has helped us each time and is very patient with us . We look forward to doing a case on our next trip. One good thing to know is that it takes time for it to dry and to cool so if you're here for more than a... More 

Thank ElisaStrole
Elmhurst, New York
Level Contributor
52 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went there last week with my family. We had a great time making paperweights. My daughter was a bit nervous about doing this as it involves a very hot furnace. Shane was very nice and patient with us. Totally recommend doing this. It was fun trying to shape our pieces and how great it turned out!

Thank gibbonn3
Newport, Rhode Island
Level Contributor
96 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Great to go there around the holidays wnhen you can see glass ornaments emerging from a glow being made before your eys

Thank sandra r
Boston, Massachusetts
Level Contributor
30 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2017 via mobile

We had a great time making a vase and enormous paper weight with Shane! You really learn a little bit of the artistry and techniques required. I've been to glass blowing experiences before, but here they involve you in all parts of the process - from firing up the glass, to applying the color, turning and blowing into the pipe... More 

Thank Ellen P
ThamesGlass, Manager at Thames Glass, responded to this review

Thanks for coming in, Ellen! We'll see you again with the kids! More 

Glastonbury, Connecticut
Level Contributor
37 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2017

This is a great activity to do with the family or friends - How often do you get the experience to be a Glass Blower - Everyone is wonderful they are very willing to give you a great experience! Note do this early on in your time in Newport - you have to return to pick up your item once... More 

Thank mac91960
ThamesGlass, Manager at Thames Glass, responded to this review

You are right! How many people can say that have blown glass! And have their project come out nicely ( not a doorstop). Please come back and see us again! More 

East Brunswick, New Jersey
Level Contributor
5 reviews
Reviewed 10 January 2017

Lovely little shop/artisan that is down the end of Thames away from the main shopping area. Friendly staff. Look for the "seconds" for value pricing!

Thank lacinap1323
South Kingstown, Rhode Island
1 review
Reviewed 19 December 2016

My family of 11 came in today to make ornaments. From my nephew of 9 years old to my father of 67, we all had a wonderful time! Most importantly, my disabled sister had the time of her life and was made to feel so comfortable and important by Shane who is an amazing young man! We will definitely be... More 

Thank jgelineau2016
Level Contributor
288 reviews
111 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 December 2016

It's a fabulous little shop with a working staff. This studio has been producing hand blown glass for several decades, and it's fantastic to see they have continued this art form. I've been purchasing unique pieces for many years to commemorate weddings, Christmas and housewarming. Well worth a walk or drive down lower Thames to check them out.

Thank babbettandcaptbill
Ormond Beach, Florida
Level Contributor
604 reviews
139 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 369 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 December 2016

We collect art glass along with beautiful ornaments. The studio is small but there were many pieces to choose from. The work area was not in use the day we visited but there is a viewing area to watch the artists work. We chose a small glass bowl with lovely blue and white swirls throughout. The prices were reasonable for... More 

Thank Pam C
Level Contributor
22 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 November 2016

Visited Thames Glass early Nov of this year and had a great chance to see up close not only how blown glass is made, but to actually make a decorative pumpkin. My daughter and I had very personal (just the two of us) session lasting about 45 minutes. It probably helped that this was at the end of the tourist... More 

Thank potstickerman

Travellers who viewed Thames Glass also viewed


Been to Thames Glass? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Is This Your TripAdvisor Listing?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing

Questions & Answers

Here's what previous visitors have asked, with answers from representatives of Thames Glass and other visitors
2 questions
Ask a question
over a year ago
Bristol, Rhode Island
over a year ago

See all questions (2)

Questions? Get answers from Thames Glass staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?