Top ten inspired ideas

There's so much happening in Sunderland, it can be difficult to decide what to see and do first. Here's our top ten experiences, we think you and your family will love them.

Karting North East offers the UK’s leading karting experience alongside a host of other activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, celebrating something special or simply planning a day out with a difference, we’ve got it covered… At KNE you can experience the thrill of high speed karting on...
National Glass Centre
You’ll never look at, or through, glass in the same way again. Discover how glass arrived in Britain, how it’s made and how it’s become something we all take for granted at the National Glass Centre. Learn how Benedict Biscop first brought glass making to Sunderland, and Britain, in the 7th Century...
Herrington Country Park
Head up Penshaw Hill to see the monument built in 1844 and modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Hephaestus. From the top of the hill you can see for miles. During the summer months the National Trust open up a secret staircase in one of the pillars and you can climb right to the top! Be sure to...
Family fun at Roker and Seaburn beaches
Sunderland’s Blue Flag award winning beaches are ideal for traditional family seaside fun Sunderland’s twin beaches at Roker and Seaburn are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids run off some excess energy or to sit and relax with a picnic; there’s miles...
Stadium of Light
Visit the home of Sunderland AFC’s ‘Black Cats’, where you can take a tour with one of the knowledgeable guides all year round. Experience the players’ changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’ and emerge into the main arena to take your place in the...
Sunderland Empire Theatre
Sunderland Empire Theatre brings big West End productions, drama, comedy and musicals into the heart of the city. It is the biggest theatre in the North East and guarantees an exciting programme of events, staging season after season of dazzling entertainment featuring West End musicals, classical...
Family having fun at Sunderland Museum
Discover Sunderland’s fascinating history in one place. With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Perhaps the most famous object of all is Wallace the Lion. Wallace was part of a touring wild animal show which visited Sunderland...
Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. Today Washington Old Hall is under the ownership of the National Trust. The Trust, with assistance from the Friends of Washington Old Hall, has furnished the property much as it...
Washington Wetland Centre
Washington Wetland Centre area is home to exotic birds, amazing insects, beautiful wild scenery and so much more. Here you can experience wonderful wildlife up close and have a great family day out as you discover 45 hectares of stunning wetlands and woodland on the River Wear. This recreated...

Did you know?

Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to have a river, beautiful coastline and two award winning beaches at Roker and Seaburn.

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Great food, a seat and a front row view of the flying sounds like the perfect way to enjoy https://t.co/xvwXHFWt34 9 hours 38 min ago
You've got just over a week left to see this outstanding photography exhibition https://t.co/VHUfG6qdDE 12 hours 38 min ago
And we are very pleased to have it! Very important for us to highlight our beautiful location, attractions and hidd… https://t.co/CE4csf7qGt 1 day 14 hours ago
Beautifully restored opens tomorrow night, on Keel Square. A great addition to our city centre. https://t.co/AUs5quzrVz 2 days 13 hours ago
Ever seen a show inside a caravan? You can this weekend https://t.co/QwHRbCsLQ6 3 days 8 hours ago
Need some ideas for things to do during half term? Look no further! https://t.co/S9UO9E6UYx https://t.co/b4qRvdHdlO 3 days 13 hours ago
RT : Are you a photographer looking for a volunteer opportunity? Check out our 'Visitor Experience Photographer' role: https://t.co/cPF29oZz6e 4 days 5 hours ago
Did you see Penshaw Monument in today? Beautiful photo by https://t.co/QvEhsSkPXW 5 days 9 hours ago
You're invited to Mowbray Park's 160th birthday party, today, from 2pm. All part of Local History Month. https://t.co/z2a4ujAqAc 1 week 16 hours ago
RT : What's on this weekend at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens? Find out here! > https://t.co/FeaKrjj9yI https://t.co/3rPThByUOG 1 week 1 day ago
We're even shouting about it from the lampposts now! Proud to support https://t.co/UncEZneVnE 1 week 2 days ago
Did you know is rebuilding a 1950s town, including some of Sunderland? Find out more this week… https://t.co/GfhNzfKizz 1 week 4 days ago
Not that anyone really needs a reason to go to the beach, but this is a good one! Good luck to all running… https://t.co/oY2jhCqgoT 2 weeks 1 day ago
Huge congratulations to for last night's win, very well deserved https://t.co/1j3BkFvZpR 2 weeks 1 day ago
Are you geared up for the BIG Bike Ride? 11 June, two distances to chose from, £10pp. Enter online now… https://t.co/sCKDL15hyz 2 weeks 3 days ago

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