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?

Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.

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RT @NorthSands: “@reflectawards: The winner of Reflect People is Andy Martin #reflectawards” I never win anything! A first for everything..… 14 hours 9 min ago
RT @NorthSands: Good times at the @reflectawards this eve, incredibly high standard of images allround. Canny chuffed to win, mind! http://… 14 hours 9 min ago
RT @guitarsmiler: Full of humour, anecdotes, rapier like wit, honesty .....etc etc .... a @malcolmgerrie lecture is something rather speci… 14 hours 12 min ago
RT @timmyward: Inspirational & entertaining lecture given by @malcolmgerrie this evening well worth the mooch in the wind & rain. http://t.… 14 hours 12 min ago
RT @chrissielib: Loved the @malcolmgerrie Discover lecture @sunderlanduni tonight. Inspirational teacher as well as all round media giant! 14 hours 13 min ago
RT @tsuua_e: A big thank you to @malcolmgerrie for an inspiring talk about music, TV and extraordinary people at @sunderlanduni's Discover … 15 hours 27 min ago
Excellent talk by @malcolmgerrie about many things including inspirational people. Hats off to @sunderlanduni for their 'Discover' series. 15 hours 28 min ago
Looking forward to hearing @malcolmgerrie tonight at @sunderlanduni in one of their series of free public lectures. http://t.co/dc09CoWKnT 17 hours 18 min ago
RT @RyhopeComp: @malcolmgerrie we found George and here is the proof #TommyRyhope http://t.co/CmRCjK2089 17 hours 38 min ago
RT @timmyward: Looking forward to this on Friday. Lecture from music telly legend @malcolmgerrie at @sunderlanduni http://t.co/EKWBoSSkXh 17 hours 39 min ago

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