History & Heritage

Penshaw Monument

In Sunderland, we're proud of where we came from and we celebrate our past.

Since the 7th century, when St Peter's Church at Monkweamouth was the home of the Venerable Bede, and played a key role in the development of early Christianity, Sunderland has been world famous for many things - shipbuilding, glass making, coal mining to name a few.

Our hard-working people, from the monks of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, to the miners and shipbuilders who kept the wheels of industrial Britain moving, are proud of our roots and keen to share our rich heritage.

Did you know there are approximately 77 commemorative blue plaques spread out across the city, which mark buildings, places of interest or influential people with connections to the city.  For further information on blue plaques click here

 

Bowes Railway
In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus Bowes Railway will be closed to the public until further notice.  Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section, designed by...
Newly refurbished Fulwell Mill and Tea Room now open to visitors! Mill tours each Saturday 11am - 1.30pm Tea Room open Wednesday - Saturday 10am - 2pm Special events all year round - keep checking here for the latest news.  
Hylton Castle
Hylton Castle is a distinctive and highly decorative gatehouse-tower of a castle. The castle was built by the wealthy Sir William Hylton, shortly before 1400. Originally containing four floors of family accommodation, its entrance front displays royal and family heraldry, including Richard II's...
Keel Square
Keel Square at the heart of Sunderland city centre plays host to many events and is a place full of Sunderland’s heritage. The square, which was recently built and named by the public, celebrates Sunderland’s shipbuilding heritage with the ‘Keel Line’ and the ‘Propellers of the City’. The ‘Keel...
North East Land Sea and Air Museum
The North East Land Sea and Air Museum will be closed from 18 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Please Click here for the latest updates.   The volunteers at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum have created several collections in one museum. The...
Penshaw Monument
Get some fresh air and and take in stunning views from this 70-foot high monument, at the top of Penshaw Hill. The monument, built in 1844, is a half-size replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. It's one of Sunderland's best loved landmarks and even appears...
Roker Pier and Lighthouse
Sunderland’s landmark Roker Pier and lighthouse are Grade II listed and when opened in 1903 the structure was hailed as a true 'triumph of engineering'  no mean feat in an era which saw the construction of Brunel’s Clifton Suspension Bridge and Paxton’s Crystal Palace. The original lantern was gas...
Ryhope Engines Museum
The Ryhope Engines Museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 - after 100 years of continuous use. The Museum is now regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of...

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Sunderland Airshow celebrates its 30th anniversary in 2018, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to enjoy magnificent flying displays and activities on the ground.

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