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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Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.


Hi, yes, can you email events@sunderland.gov.uk with your details please? Thanks 18 hours 25 min ago
Planning activities for half-term week? Check out our school holidays ideas here: https://t.co/S9UO9E6UYx https://t.co/DKW224U5CQ 18 hours 30 min ago
RT : Next Thurs & Fri, 26 / 27 Oct we're having a Spooky Science Party! 👻Suitable for kids 5+, tickets £5, adults free.… https://t.co/q3qdSmbDTw 18 hours 34 min ago
is back in Roker Park tonight and until 29 Oct, for half-term. Book tickets online now: https://t.co/A7XaggmHel 1 day 2 hours ago
RT : Autumn mornings https://t.co/uaxX23lvA5 1 day 2 hours ago
Well this all looks fang-tastic for next week 👻🕷🎃 https://t.co/qYyst2erFG 1 day 19 hours ago
Mamma Mia! This sensational feel-good musical is at for the first time now. Don't miss it!… https://t.co/y0JEHcEO6m 1 day 22 hours ago
Excellent advice here ⬇️ https://t.co/pHXlAlRsR9 2 days 1 min ago
The Festival of Light at reopens tomorrow until 29 October for half-term fun! Book online https://t.co/xyhTquqplj 2 days 5 hours ago
RT : A huge hello to ! 's arrived 😃 Not got your tickets yet? GR-ABBA them here:… https://t.co/11DS9PKLIl 2 days 18 hours ago
RT : Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? Dream Factory - exquisite children's theatre- https://t.co/hQH6x6HsLW 4 days 3 hours ago
Hi. The park is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopens on Thursday this week. 4 days 3 hours ago
Amazing views from the top of the Helter Skelter at last night. https://t.co/cgQm9ar30G 5 days 1 hour ago
Hi. The Festival of Light closes tomorrow evening until Thursday 19th October. Activities along the sea front are open every night. 5 days 13 hours ago


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