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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RT : How lucky we are to see display three days in a row. We ❤️ you too! https://t.co/3AA03Z2Wo4 8 hours 42 min ago
A glorious morning at the seafront. If you can't make it to make sure you pay a visit over the summer. https://t.co/BjyxTpxEKo 11 hours 25 min ago
RT : Finally we have blue skies and sunshine! Just in time for arriving shortly https://t.co/trhXrMACuE 1 day 4 hours ago
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RT : We're monitoring the weather but at the moment everything is still going ahead as planned 1 day 12 hours ago
RT : What's On Autumn 17, a superb selection of shows... Theatre, music, comedy and art for all! - https://t.co/ATOpDxnAqV 2 days 4 hours ago
You can see a sneak preview of tonight at as part of the musical extravaga… https://t.co/DOdRafNXJU 2 days 7 hours ago
RT : Date for the diaries! will be officially opened on Nov 23 with a spectacular live event https://t.co/2afxe1MsOE 5 days 1 hour ago
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Yes! makes it through to the shortlist for UK City of Culture 2021. Well done everyone involved. 1 week 1 day ago
RT : Free weekly runs in Mowbray Park. Ran by fantastic volunteers so get yourselves down and say hi 👋 https://t.co/7UKUWtKKTo 1 week 2 days ago

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