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.

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...
Sunniside the historic core of Sunderland
Sunniside is the historic core of Sunderland, and at the height of our shipbuilding powers, this was the business centre of the industry. In more recent years a programme of urban development has established Sunniside as a centre of culture, film, dining, entertainment and art in the city. ...
A friendly city centre pub that serves a varied array of beers, both on draught and in bottles. Look out for live music gigs, from regular and new local bands, some come with a small charge at the door. Check out their Facebook page for news and gigs.
With over 90 shops, covering the best of the high street names as well as some more specialised stores, the centre has probably got what you're looking for, whether it's fashion, beauty, gadgets or something for the home. Jacky White's indoor market is also situated in The Bridges.      
The Church Door Spirits & Wine Bar recently opened in West Sunniside.  It has been lovingly converted from what used to be the Backhouse & Co. Bank in 1870.  Prior to it's conversion it had lain empty for many years. The Church Door is a cosy bar with very high ceilings and original...
Reasonably priced food and drink and a large dancefloor in the middle of the ground floor ensures that The Cooper Rose is one of the busiest late bars/clubs in Sunderland.  A quieter bar area is located upstairs for those who want to catch up with friends or for those who want to watch those...
Positioned in Sunderland's Cultural quarter, The Engine Room at The Fire Station was recently converted from the city's former Firestation.  The bar and bistro serve a delicious selection of food and drinks in a quirky setting displaying much of the original paraphernalia from the original working...
The Funky Indian is Sunderland city centre's 1st Indian tapas restaurant, offering a unique selection of authentic and mouth watering tapas style dishes. For a different Indian dining experience this is definitely the place to visit.  Booking in advance is advised as this is quickly becoming a...

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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.

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