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?

L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.


RT @PipChambo: Off to see Collector of tears @ArtsCtrWton with @Madi_MacMahon Heard great things, rave reviews! @NETheatre @Panic_c_button 14 hours 22 min ago
RT @FoxymoronMusic: Stage looks lush for tonight's Collector Of Tears @ArtsCtrWton with @Madi_MacMahon tks still available http://t.co/sCJ4 14 hours 31 min ago
There's Hallowe'en fun at Elba Park this Friday 12noon to 3pm. Prizes for best fancy dress. http://t.co/QVBQ81Y12T http://t.co/VwEQqPWUBn 18 hours 55 min ago
Sunderland Illuminations end on Sunday but there are still half term activities at the Bowling Club 5 to 8.30pm. http://t.co/rlVZy2AXuW 20 hours 43 min ago
RT @Cultural_Spring: Have you stumbled across any of our #StreetArtHeroes work so far? Let us know what you think! http://t.co/c0xt87ZQTc 21 hours 12 min ago
RT @LamplightFilmNE: Such a great night of vampires, popcorn, daft plastic fangs, chat and coffee. Thanks to everyone who came. We'll be ba… 1 day 9 hours ago
RT @bunkeruk: Hothouse at Arts Centre Washington. The Agency + Seas + Support, 8pm Friday 31st Oct, £4: http://t.co/4LAnqTk4bw http://t.co/ 1 day 10 hours ago
@bunkeruk I think most of us are tone deaf... it would be a challenge for you and a quite awful noise from us. But would love to do it :-) 1 day 10 hours ago
RT @SunMakersMarket: Don't miss the next Makers Market on Nov 1st at Indpendent, Sunderland http://t.co/E6qfOIUnOj #SunderlandHour 1 day 15 hours ago
RT @dorafrankel: Our FREE 'Spooky Moves' Halloween Dance Workshop, 3.30-4.30pm, Friday 31st October, @NGCAsunderland, ALL WELCOME! http://t… 1 day 20 hours ago

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