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?

Sunderland's Friendship Agreement with Washington DC makes us the only city in Europe to enjoy such a relationship with the world's most powerful city. Washington Old Hall is home to the direct ancestors of the first president of the United States of America.


RT : We're not just adding digital books to our stock- we've got new books on the shelves too! Old favourites and new- a… https://t.co/ByDfQo6qOS 18 hours 57 min ago
RT : Well done to all - we've kept Green Flag awards at five city parks. See: https://t.co/F2uP4ew9Mb https://t.co/enqtZt2js8 21 hours 12 min ago
RT : Summer sandcast is back! Create a glass shape using sand to make a mould. Book your places whilst they're molten ho… https://t.co/j1mnAt2XsQ 21 hours 13 min ago
Following a six-year break from stand-up the multi-award-winning comedian is back with a brand new live show. The… https://t.co/5aogAzKvSd 21 hours 18 min ago
RT : Huge thanks to all the cultural organisations who worked on the Tall Ships school programme this week! We delivered… https://t.co/9BHbGN08Dm 23 hours 17 min ago
RT : Fancy a dramatic evening?🎭🎭😀 Come to the museum next Mon, 30 July for The Desert Queen - The Adventurous Life of Ge… https://t.co/A09Yvi8tSX 1 day 55 min ago
RT : Rhod Gilbert to return to for one night only * 9 March 2019 * with The Book of… https://t.co/ETjjJmBa0B 1 day 56 min ago
RT : The fabulous 'Bottle of Dreams'🎭 is coming to the Museum & Winter Gardens next Mon, Tue and Wed, 23-25 July😃 Perfor… https://t.co/tHPxuir2JK 1 day 1 hour ago
RT : Missing the sun today? Download magazine and imagine yourself somewhere tropical- FREE with… https://t.co/e35KmD4TFP 1 day 1 hour ago
RT : Fantastic feedback from the global race organisers , we’re so proud to have been a host Port.… https://t.co/rRG9Zgt3IP 2 days 9 min ago
RT : Morning everyone, anyone else got the post Tall Ships blues? Never fear, we’ve got some brilliant photos that are w… https://t.co/V1UQvoIcZT 2 days 10 min ago
RT : If like us, you’re already missing ...we hope these North Sea pics of Racing action☺️ 💕 help… https://t.co/4swvNpPfbH 2 days 14 min ago
RT : Magnificent Mir leading the Parade of Sail past Roker Pier. https://t.co/iAQ7YgG95c 3 days 16 hours ago
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RT : Here we go! ☀️The sun is out and we’ve got a FREE day full of live music, kids activities, workshops, street food a… https://t.co/sJYyvpc8Fh 4 days 1 hour ago


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