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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Did you know?

2013 marked 21 years since Sunderland city status from HM The Queen, on 23rd March 1992.

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Hi, it can take up to a couple of hours, or the confirmation may be in your junk email folder. 3 hours 48 min ago
Fantastic news about . The cultural programme looks set to be fantastic next year https://t.co/CAGFdvb50g 4 hours 17 min ago
and the Festival of Light are open every night during half term. Book your tickets online. https://t.co/xyhTquqplj 8 hours 20 min ago
RT : Penshaw Monument new ‘yellow brick road’ path glowing in the morning light this morning. https://t.co/m1xpzFCZJM 9 hours 44 min ago
RT : Stuck for ideas? Then follow our Spooky Trail, discover hidden treasures from ghost 👻 ships to ancient bo… https://t.co/dygwmuT0cv 9 hours 45 min ago
If you're a fan or know someone who is, they'll love this free event tomorrow at the Stadium of Light https://t.co/FjAPNiFBOT 1 day 4 hours ago
Remember everyone, Sunderland Illuminations and the Festival of Light are open every night during half term. Book your tickets online. 1 day 10 hours ago
RT : Fancy going to Sunderland Illuminations? Here's our handy travel guide: https://t.co/hEn8wAI2O5 https://t.co/ymhnu0PC8B 2 days 3 hours ago
RT : Sunderland chefs named amongst best in the country for Italian food at national awards 🇮🇹🍴🍝🍕🍅… https://t.co/j5nGChte78 2 days 4 hours ago
If you're heading to this weekend, please book your tickets online in advance. https://t.co/hVbc2I9VMO 2 days 9 hours ago
RT : Much better views tonight!! Has anyone seen it yet? https://t.co/T2m9Ult0N7 2 days 23 hours ago
Brilliant idea, making the most of our city by the sea, if you're brave enough! https://t.co/u1xQDZpNA8 3 days 58 min ago
RT : Iluminating Colour: New Work by Cate Watkinson and Colin Rennie is now open - until 11 March 2018. https://t.co/2PibUMeJfZ 3 days 59 min ago
Hi, yes, can you email events@sunderland.gov.uk with your details please? Thanks 4 days 57 min ago
Planning activities for half-term week? Check out our school holidays ideas here: https://t.co/S9UO9E6UYx https://t.co/DKW224U5CQ 4 days 1 hour ago

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