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?

Sunderland marks the easterly end of the 140-mile C2C (Coast to Coast) route. The C2C cycle trail from Whitehaven in Cumbria to Sunderland is Britain's most popular long distance route, with up to 15,000 cyclists completing it every year.


Tonight from 8pm 'Alpha' by @AWilsonHolmes at @holmesidecoffee http://t.co/JU8dKeVudJ 3 hours 2 min ago
This time next week we’ll be getting hot and steamy in Herrington Country Park for the Sunderland Steam Spectacular. http://t.co/vkpJjqbQto 4 hours 2 min ago
RT @NGCAsunderland: Can't believe it's the FINAL WEEK of @caravangallery's #PrideofPlaceProject! Closing celebration Fri 1 May, 5pm onwards… 4 hours 20 min ago
RT @JamesBayMusic: Sunderland, hope you haven't forgotten #POPRECSNEEDSTOSTAY @poprecsltd http://t.co/bCbZh76JMI 8 hours 45 min ago
RT @ArtsCtrWton: Well done to all the students who took to the stage this week. Next week we have Top Girls and Cloud 9 #sunfest2015 http:/… 20 hours 44 min ago
RT @Solo_Arts: Nice little write up about tomorrow's exhibition. http://t.co/lcIAuG9y0E 20 hours 45 min ago
Last Monday in the month and looks set to be a good one with @AWilsonHolmes exhibition brought to us by @Solo_Arts https://t.co/6keDTO4sEp 23 hours 5 min ago
Good fun at the #WearSlide today. This lady enjoyed it so much she even did a little twirl at the end. http://t.co/sSprv2DAOZ 1 day 6 hours ago
We’re sad to see the amazing Wicked leave Sunderland. But that means it’s not long until Godspell! #wicked http://t.co/0tEY9v0sov 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @drifts_band: We play our first gig tonight @poprecsltd w/ National Service. Free in. First band on at 7(ish). Swoooooooop! http://t.co/ 2 days 4 hours ago

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