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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Sunderland's Friendship Agreement with Washington DC makes us the only city in Europe to enjoy such a relationship with the world's most powerful city. Washington Old Hall is home to the direct ancestors of the first president of the United States of America.

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There's so much going on for Houghton Feast's 50th anniversary. The 10 day celebration starts Friday 6 October. https://t.co/ihgUb0yWfm 8 hours 49 min ago
Yes, the evening before the opening to the general public. 21 hours 33 min ago
Thousands of people have bought tickets for Roker Park at . Have you got yours yet? https://t.co/xyhTquqplj 1 day 4 hours ago
This guy's got the right idea, beautiful day for relaxing in the sun in Mowbray Park. https://t.co/ShhVrZpLHA 1 day 6 hours ago
Ooh now this looks like a good lunch at a fantastic price. https://t.co/X3UurxHxLS 2 days 5 hours ago
RT : Two days left: Britain's Got Talent star comes to Arts Centre Washington https://t.co/zyLFNw7FHs 2 days 22 hours ago
All the fun of the fair at Washington Carnival, 10am-4pm today at Albany Park. https://t.co/lZuUqe7lYU 1 week 12 hours ago
Fantastic news from our friends , 21 ships already signed up for next year! https://t.co/gaiWKa8App 1 week 1 day ago
RT : Book now for the ultimate feel-good musical joining us 17 Oct - 11 Nov '17! https://t.co/Izka8Ssvfw https://t.co/8f4H38GdGu 1 week 1 day ago
Tickets available online now for Sunderland Illuminations, £1 per person. Always a great family night out.… https://t.co/k51DMfTMIe 1 week 2 days ago
RT : Vote for your favourite Sunderland park to be named the UK's park of the year.https://t.co/AI1na6Kndz 1 week 2 days ago
We're proud of our city and proud to support City of Culture bid. Here's how to show your support https://t.co/0nNdF0Fbx7 1 week 2 days ago
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