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.


Stories from Sunderland...

Did you know?

Sunderland marks the easterly end of the 140-mile C2C (Coast to Coast) route. The C2C cycle trail from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland is Britain's most popular long distance route, with up to 15,000 cyclists completing it every year.


RT : View out to sea from the Lighthouse 🌊☺️️ https://t.co/AgpChhnGI2 16 hours 45 min ago
The new bistro and refurbished bar is looking great. Full info ➡️https://t.co/rMRbU2Lk2u https://t.co/sJfT4vXKbd 17 hours 32 min ago
Great place, we couldn't agree more ! Why not visit this weekend? https://t.co/avHNyAZQah 3 days 11 hours ago
News of an interesting new exhibition coming to next month ➡️https://t.co/rKF0ogLpdu https://t.co/cLYfbLEXwf 3 days 18 hours ago
RT : From Mon 27 Feb, some sections of Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens will be closed for maintenance. Full info ➡️… https://t.co/BBjYIF8CU2 3 days 20 hours ago
Looking to put a sparkle into what's left of half-term? This family friendly show might do the job:… https://t.co/W5NBFfkP9m 3 days 23 hours ago
Definitely not a day for the beach as photo proves... but when it is we'll be sure to let everyone… https://t.co/rqkf2oXLpc 4 days 17 hours ago
If you're as excited as we are, full details on the return of Shrek to are right here on our website no… https://t.co/ihLRzC8aeO 4 days 22 hours ago
Brilliant news... Can't wait to welcome Shrek back to Sunderland https://t.co/jZ66mZeVRV 4 days 23 hours ago
Wow! These rooms look great, really getting into the seaside spirit.⛱️ https://t.co/K2z1WMdJCz 5 days 11 min ago
Don't want to dissapoint all you half-termers out there, but it's a bit damp today... Here's some wet weather ideas… https://t.co/Mu7tPj7uXr 5 days 39 min ago
RT : It's great to see we have been voted in the top 50 free tourist attractions! https://t.co/DyjF9Pvr9D https://t.co/ixnTx3jKQ1 5 days 22 hours ago
We're almost half way through half-term... how many of these fun things have your little ones ticked off?… https://t.co/j5mBN9cww1 6 days 46 sec ago
How's half-term going? Looking for something to do with the kids today? Here's 20 great ideas in Sunderland:… https://t.co/EwW4vfKlnj 6 days 23 hours ago
A nice bright start to Tuesday, expertly captured by https://t.co/fcvTgdMtwb 1 week 27 min ago


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