Welcome to our city by the sea

From beautiful beaches and countryside, to theatres, museums and galleries, there's plenty to see and do in Sunderland. Many of the city's attractions are free and all offer a great family day out, packed with fun.

Sunderland is a welcoming, bustling city set right on the coast and at the mouth of the River Wear. It boasts wide sandy beaches and acres of relaxing and invigorating green spaces. Culturally its offer includes Sunderland Empire Theatre, National Glass Centre and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, while its underground music scene is considered one of the most vibrant in the UK. This proud city by the sea also has a fascinating history, outstanding sporting attractions and a family-friendly programme of events and festivals.

 

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Sunderland's Friendship Agreement with Washington DC makes us the only city in Europe to enjoy such a relationship with the world's most powerful city. Washington Old Hall is home to the direct ancestors of the first president of the United States of America.

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All the fun of the fair at Washington Carnival, 10am-4pm today at Albany Park. https://t.co/lZuUqe7lYU 3 days 17 hours ago
Fantastic news from our friends , 21 ships already signed up for next year! https://t.co/gaiWKa8App 4 days 11 hours ago
RT : Book now for the ultimate feel-good musical joining us 17 Oct - 11 Nov '17! https://t.co/Izka8Ssvfw https://t.co/8f4H38GdGu 5 days 3 hours ago
Tickets available online now for Sunderland Illuminations, £1 per person. Always a great family night out.… https://t.co/k51DMfTMIe 5 days 7 hours ago
RT : Vote for your favourite Sunderland park to be named the UK's park of the year.https://t.co/AI1na6Kndz 5 days 10 hours ago
We're proud of our city and proud to support City of Culture bid. Here's how to show your support https://t.co/0nNdF0Fbx7 6 days 3 hours ago
A double bill of plays about tomorrow night https://t.co/fNEUiO4jqZ https://t.co/3fKbvTwqyL 6 days 16 hours ago
Do you fancy the adventure of a lifetime? Sign up now to be sail trainee for 2018 https://t.co/PLeT3IeNmD 1 week 4 hours ago
What a feeling! The fabulous Flashdance is on this week and there's still some tickets left! https://t.co/BGXFp4eDLc 1 week 8 hours ago
Hi yes, but it's £2 per person on the gate. You should still be able to get tickets online on the day… https://t.co/Ch0QzLWAuw 1 week 8 hours ago
Tickets on sale now for Sunderland Illuminations. £1 per person for entry into Roker Park, age 2 and under free. https://t.co/xyhTquqplj 1 week 11 hours ago
You know you're nearly home when you see Penshaw Monument. https://t.co/EOUwh6WG6x 1 week 15 hours ago
It's Monday, another week at work coming, but don't worry, Restaurant Week is ON! Get booked up… https://t.co/NapaFqp0NF 1 week 1 day ago
Tickets for The Festival of Light are temporarily unavailable – online booking will be available from 9am Wednesday… https://t.co/jQgdvYOgVn 2 weeks 8 hours ago

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