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?

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.

#SeeitDoit

RT @SunderlandVibe: Sunderland's Festive Film event starts tomorrow at @SundMuseum #SundVibe http://t.co/gxCaRXf0hL #sunderlandhour 1 day 6 hours ago
RT @SundMuseum: @SunderlandVibe Looking forward to it. Feeling really Christmassy now :-) 1 day 6 hours ago
And here is @icecreamvanman Stephenson's Rocket in the flesh... err in the cardboard actually. http://t.co/Du2gxtWyST 1 day 7 hours ago
The @icecreamvanman built Stephenson's Rocket is at @MWStationMuseum and it just has to be seen #ChooChoo #lovetrains http://t.co/6g2vDbGr4Z 1 day 7 hours ago
'@icecreamvanman is at @MWStationMuseum courtesy @Cultural_Spring http://t.co/7J2rr8pQAV’s-stephenson’s-rocket-pulls-monkwearmouth-station 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @Cultural_Spring: Lovely piece by @MadeinTyneWear about @FitzroviaNoir @icecreamvanman & #streetartheroes - we've put it on our website … 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @NGCAsunderland: Great day with @theresaeaston & Castle View Academy - checking out the public art in #Sunderland http://t.co/Bfuoef2UKy 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @WWTWashington: Due to the high winds, our Chilean flamingo flock has been housed for the evening and may well remain in there tomorrow … 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @sunnyjimbaz: Dykelands Road steps, Seaburn beach.Bucket on the beach http://t.co/f0lK7CQ4Rq 1 day 7 hours ago
RT @bunkeruk: Singing Club. Saturday Mornings from 10-11am. £5 per session, ages 8-18 welcome. http://t.co/Kqp7BdcvlQ 1 day 7 hours ago

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