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?

St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.


Generations of shipbuilding and mining in works of art at @ArtsCtrWton http://t.co/LcdhagLA3X 6 hours 20 min ago
Let those little artists get all arty at @NGC_GlassCentre every Saturday from 11am to 2pm. #art http://t.co/jiCJ2lXjaR 9 hours 21 min ago
This Friday and Saturday the Seaburn Centre and Herrington Country Park will be home to a spectacular car rally. http://t.co/AGaDUbL15o 11 hours 21 min ago
A real traditional Christmas Festival at Washington Village this Saturday 1 to 5pm. Music, dance, food and drink. http://t.co/3M0EeTcmCt 1 day 5 hours ago
Stephenson's Rocket will be @MWStationMuseum from this Saturday as part of the Street Art Heroes by @CulturalSpring http://t.co/HXSX02RxvM 1 day 7 hours ago
Washington knows how to celebrate Christmas as the @ArtsCtrWton is out to show with theatre, music, dancing... http://t.co/eCsIv2cg9T 1 day 23 hours ago
RT @SundEmpire: PANTO 2015 - ON SALE NOW TO GROUPS! We are delighted to announce panto will be flying back into Sunderland for... http://t… 2 days 5 min ago
RT @bunkeruk: We've seen the final version of #BunkerAid video and I tell you what, you're in for a treat if you're coming on Friday night! 2 days 6 min ago
RT @HannahMatterson: If you haven't already bought your tickets for this Friday's @bunkeruk Fundraiser at Sunderland Minster there's still … 2 days 6 min ago
A love letter to women in a 'Sense of an Ending' at @ArtsCtrWaston this Thursday. http://t.co/1DV4REKpew 2 days 5 hours ago

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