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.


Stories from Sunderland...

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.


RT : This year's is looking for festival volunteers! Email summerstreetsfestival@hotmail.com for more in… https://t.co/EgyB6z1HkH 1 day 18 min ago
We can't wait to see HMS Ocean in Sunderland again, from 6- 11 July, open for visitors on Sunday 9 July. https://t.co/zxMBXZFoyH 2 days 21 hours ago
There's a free family fun day at Barnes Park on Saturday, about all things science, engineering and the environment… https://t.co/HaBt27DZNK 3 days 3 hours ago
RT : Hidden in the lush vegetation of our Winter Gardens, amazing dinosaurs are waiting to be discovered!… https://t.co/m2p3U0Ynpw 5 days 6 hours ago
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RT : From Fri 23 - Sun 25 June, come down to rec ground Seaburn for a family fun weekend of celebrating the Armed Forces… https://t.co/4l5xpLTgPT 1 week 1 day ago
RT : Join our History Heroes Family Trail to find out amazing facts about Sunderland’s history heroes and win a prize >… https://t.co/qPgcvOlMJ5 1 week 5 days ago
Did you know National starts tomorrow? We've got plenty of spots to choose from, where's your favourit… https://t.co/KgU2ggUINP 1 week 6 days ago
English Youth Ballet present Swan Lake this weekend https://t.co/iO2Q4SHF3S https://t.co/wRz6uTGsxW 2 weeks 2 days ago
Wow! So much going on this year, get the date in your diary! https://t.co/1VAacXAfFJ 2 weeks 2 days ago
Classic Car Show at Seaburn today until 4pm https://t.co/jzN6jU9TPI 2 weeks 4 days ago
Consider it done! 2 weeks 4 days ago
Fancy a bit of drama next week? New show by amateur theatre group https://t.co/vu86Lpeau5 2 weeks 4 days ago
Fantastic footage of Those views! https://t.co/KndkCHNu66 2 weeks 5 days ago
Looking for something different to do on a weekend? Great idea for a Father's Day out too, Rainton Meadows, June 18… https://t.co/5anbPskhf5 2 weeks 6 days ago


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