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.

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Stories from Sunderland...

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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.

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Remember everyone, Sunderland Illuminations and the Festival of Light are open every night during half term. Book your tickets online. 9 hours 3 min ago
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If you're heading to this weekend, please book your tickets online in advance. https://t.co/hVbc2I9VMO 1 day 7 hours ago
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Brilliant idea, making the most of our city by the sea, if you're brave enough! https://t.co/u1xQDZpNA8 1 day 23 hours ago
RT : Iluminating Colour: New Work by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie is now open - until 11 March 2018. https://t.co/2PibUMeJfZ 1 day 23 hours ago
Hi, yes, can you email events@sunderland.gov.uk with your details please? Thanks 2 days 23 hours ago
Planning activities for half-term week? Check out our school holidays ideas here: https://t.co/S9UO9E6UYx https://t.co/DKW224U5CQ 2 days 23 hours ago
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is back in Roker Park tonight and until 29 Oct, for half-term. Book tickets online now: https://t.co/A7XaggmHel 3 days 7 hours ago
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Mamma Mia! This sensational feel-good musical is at for the first time now. Don't miss it!โ€ฆ https://t.co/y0JEHcEO6m 4 days 3 hours ago

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