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 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?

2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.

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Plenty of family fun to be had at the seafront this Bank Holiday weekend, including a bubbleologist! https://t.co/JU5KpJSLAK 12 hours 8 min ago
It looks a little grim down today. Perhaps it's a day to do something indoors: https://t.co/hFeysJCN1f https://t.co/7UOJb0sdYg 22 hours 51 min ago
It does look a little grim down today. Perhaps it's a day for something indoors to do: https://t.co/hFeysJCN1f 22 hours 53 min ago
So much going on in Sunderland this week... Including https://t.co/g9vikoSy1F 2 days 22 hours ago
The countdown to is on! https://t.co/RP4deTBWoG https://t.co/66GS1nQbRw 2 days 22 hours ago
Looking very pleasant down at tonight too: https://t.co/2kfDF2KeBe 3 days 12 hours ago
Plenty of people out in the evening sun at Penshaw Monument... With views like this it's hardly surprising! https://t.co/EYz5boXX4O 3 days 15 hours ago
RT : opens 2moro! See a sneak peek @ https://t.co/bZo9s4KiXk For tix & info go 2 https://t.co/oK3J3zSwZl https://t.co/EHy7j3jTmh 3 days 18 hours ago
RT : Lovely bike ride this morning along our coast https://t.co/rNB4lPtFEf 3 days 18 hours ago
RT : Our duckery is 20 tomorrow! Since opening, there's been over 1,600 ducklings, goslings & flaming-lings reared there! https://t.co/yg5dbHQpzj 6 days 16 hours ago
RT : literature, art and creative enthusiasts come along to this free event next week! https://t.co/FrNW4RcPG1 6 days 18 hours ago
More Bank Holiday action for you early planners, some amazing industrial heritage on show at Ryhope Engine Museum... https://t.co/iF8Zd82SQJ 6 days 22 hours ago
Making plans for BH wknd yet? This event at Roker sounds an ideal way to tire out your youngsters... and it’s free! https://t.co/dcD5fQSTFX 6 days 22 hours ago
Big thanks to and for helping us celebrate the Blue Flag award for Roker and Seaburn. https://t.co/zIRoS2dlzb 1 week 16 hours ago
If only the weather was this good right now! Congrats on a great pic https://t.co/5AHkxP6zGN 1 week 21 hours ago

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