Welcome to our city by the sea

There is plenty to see and do in Sunderland from beautiful beaches and countryside, to theatres, museums and galleries. 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 Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, 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.

Did you know?

Roker beach is home to the unique 'cannonball' rock formations that were the inspiration for the seafront 'pods'.


RT @WickedUK: The wait is over and it's time to REJOICIFY as #WickedOnTour performances begin at the @SundEmpire today! #WickedUK http://t.… 4 hours 50 min ago
RT @caravangallery: @SeeitDoitSund hope to see you at 18 Fawcett St for our #Sunderland #PrideofPlaceProject launch on 2nd April, 6-8! Make… 5 hours 54 min ago
@caravangallery We looked. for you in High Street but no sign, a wheel may have come off. Look forward to you opening on Fawcett Street :-) 5 hours 56 min ago
RT @Solo_Arts: We're open 9-5 till Thursday this week via @holmesidecoffee There will be someone in all day to have a chat about Solo and w… 6 hours 1 min ago
Great art on display @Solo_Arts Amazing to see #Sunderland painted in such a style. Other subjects as good. La Folle personal favourite. 19 hours 4 min ago
See @SundEmpire is lit up in green tonight. Looks #wicked http://t.co/dvZvZPuH2X http://t.co/t8kl59V1ta 20 hours 20 min ago
RT @Solo_Arts: 34 paintings, 70 years of experience, and a running theme of @SunderlandUK. Tonight is going to be a good one! http://t.co/s 1 day 1 hour ago
RT @PMCallaghan: Read the great full review of @The_Dun_Cow @SunderlandUK by Alastair Gilmour @Telegraph. #GreatPub http://t.co/A7kiRaJDso 1 day 3 hours ago
“@Cultural_Spring: The Cultural Spring First Year https://t.co/5hxo9KTJJf And what a great year you guys have given us. Hats doffed :-) 1 day 3 hours ago
RT @NGC_GlassCentre: Shining examples of #Wearside's #Glassmaking #Heritage article in @SunderlandEcho http://t.co/FJ8kiErlQp #sunderland 1 day 3 hours ago

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