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.


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Mamma Mia! This sensational feel-good musical is at for the first time now. Don't miss it!… https://t.co/y0JEHcEO6m 4 hours 31 min ago
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The Festival of Light at reopens tomorrow until 29 October for half-term fun! Book online https://t.co/xyhTquqplj 11 hours 27 min ago
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RT : Have you ever wondered where dreams come from? Dream Factory - exquisite children's theatre- https://t.co/hQH6x6HsLW 2 days 9 hours ago
Hi. The park is closed Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and reopens on Thursday this week. 2 days 9 hours ago
Amazing views from the top of the Helter Skelter at last night. https://t.co/cgQm9ar30G 3 days 7 hours ago
Hi. The Festival of Light closes tomorrow evening until Thursday 19th October. Activities along the sea front are open every night. 3 days 19 hours ago
Thanks! We're glad you enjoyed it. 3 days 22 hours ago
Please note last entry in to The Festival of Light this evening is 9pm 3 days 22 hours ago
Due to high sales online booking for tonight's Festival of Light is now closed. Please book for an alternative date to avoid disappointment 4 days 1 hour ago
Hi Caitlin, please bring your proof of purchase confirmation with you and you will be able to access the event 4 days 2 hours ago
There are limited tickets available to buy on site at tonight's Festival of Light. Buy online for future dates to avoid disappointment. 4 days 3 hours ago


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