City Centre

Sunderland city centre

With so much to explore and experience in the city centre, you'll find something for all the family. There's a museum, art gallery, great open spaces, shops for every taste and budget and no shortage of places to enjoy on a night out, plus over 3500 parking spaces and excellent public transport links.

Mowbray Park
At the heart of the city sits Mowbray Park, one of the oldest parks in the North East of England and often described as 'the jewel in the crown of the city centre'.
Experience a warm Mackem welcome at the Vaults. A traditional pub which hasn't changed much over the years, serving ales and lagers. Very popular with the locals and for those looking for a friendly and fun night out!
The famous chain of restaurants for peri-peri chicken dishes is located next door to the Empire Cinemas at Sunniside. A relaxed and informal atmosphere, this is a great place to visit prior to or after seeing a film at the cinema, or exerting some energy at the ten pin bowling alley.  The usual...
Sunderland's biggest all you can eat buffet, serving over eighty varieties of chinese dishes.  It is fully licensed and sells a selection of wines and beers with seating for over 250 people. Party bookings are very welcome.  The Panda also has private rooms that play host to Panda KTV, karaoke...
Ever wanted to browse vinyl record collections, admire paintings, drawings, sculptures from local artists and have one of the best cups of coffee in Sunderland all at the same time? Now you can. Pop Recs Ltd is an independent record shop, which also has an art gallery, shop and steaming cups of...
Port of Call is located in the heart of the city centre and offers three floors of hearty meat, stunning seafood and over 40 different rums. Using locally sourced beef and seafood and with its interior design playing homage to Sunderland's shipbuilding heritage, Port of Call is the place to go for...
The ultimate Quasar Laser Quest adventure game for all ages, providing a unique and exhilirating experience at the largest indoor laser quest arena in the North East. Dodge laser fire and stalk opponents in the battle zone of the 21st century. Each player is kitted out with a futuristic body back...
Cake heaven can be discovered in Raffles. A large selection of delicious chocolate, fruit, traditional and modern cup cakes are on display to help you treat yourself or your loved ones. With friendly service you can enjoy home-cooked food in a homely atmosphere. 

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The Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free airshow in Europe and celebrated its 25th show in 2013, with hundreds of thousands of people enjoying magnificent flying displays and activities on the ground.

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