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?

L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.


Excellent to hear @NGC_GlassCentre and @WWTWashington both shortlisted in @TourismAwardsNE awards... hats doffed. http://t.co/X17F8ra0nV 15 hours 42 min ago
RT @ArtsCtrWton: Amazing feedback about @balletlorent #nightball last night @sunstages . A truly unforgettable night! http://t.co/TAo1tfoqfK 16 hours 13 min ago
RT @vivien_shakesby: @SundEmpire lion king absolutely fantastic, well done my home towns most beautiful landmark 2 days 18 hours ago
RT @britton141: Just been to see #TheLionKing @SundEmpire it was amazing, very slick, professional & uplifting! Just goes to show lots to @… 2 days 18 hours ago
RT @sunstages: Culture continues in Sunderland this wkend with @TheatreSpaceNE New Writing Festival @thecannyspace today! Fun for all the f… 3 days 1 hour ago
The @TheatreSpaceNE Writing Festival is this weekend at @thecannyspace Will be well worth a look. http://t.co/n9euEGFlpY 4 days 1 hour ago
RT @SunechoKaty: A New Writing Festival will take place at a historic church in its bid to become a hub of arts and culture. http://t.co/Dn 4 days 1 hour ago
RT @TheLakePoets: My city has a very exciting future! @SunderlandCP @ArtsCtrWton @SunderlandUni @SunderlandBID. #Sunderland http://t.co/3Or 4 days 19 hours ago
RT @SunderlandCP: @TheLakePoets @ArtsCtrWton @sunderlanduni @SunderlandBID I honestly think it has. Thanks for that. 4 days 19 hours ago
Inspiring launch of the New Vision for Culture by @SunderlandCP See it do it and work together while you are doing it. #Culture #sunderland 4 days 22 hours ago

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