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

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 volunteers at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum have created several collections in one museum. The North East Aircraft Museum has a diverse collection of aircraft; from passnger aircraft to training planes and a mighty Vulcan. The Military Vehicle Museum has a collection of smaller...
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...
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...
Inside St Andrew's Church
The inside of this church has many treasures including William Morris carpets, Ernest Grimson furniture and the painted ceiling in the sanctuary depicting the creation of the sun and stars which is painted in ‘egg-tempera’ Sometimes known as 'the cathedral of the arts and crafts movement', St...
Meet the dragons, discover why there were riots in the graveyard, and discover who Black Douglas was. St Michael and All Angels Church is of Saxon foundation, the Saxon doorway and walls were discovered during excavations in 2008. The Saxon doorway can be viewed through a glass panel in the floor....

Pages

Did you know?

St Peter's Church in Monkwearmouth formed part of the Anglo-Saxon monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow, which was home to the author of the first history of England, the Venerable Bede.

Twitter

We certainly did ! Great to have you back in this Summer - yay! https://t.co/8qivURIOuX 9 hours 47 min ago
Go Samson! We will be watching 😀 https://t.co/VbHNvwlAId 11 hours 10 min ago
RT : We are well over half way through our Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing exhibition & nearly time, for our Easter… https://t.co/m72UNqPfRl 11 hours 14 min ago
RT : Why not give back to the community by attending our Clean the Dene event on Saturday 23rd March, 10:00-12:00. Pleas… https://t.co/3mqy7yE1sT 13 hours 30 min ago
RT : 📸NEW IMAGES 📸 Check out these striking new images of 's ⭐️ ⭐️We can't wait to welcome the enc… https://t.co/Gv8JSgaj1D 13 hours 31 min ago
RT : Wow! Wow! Wow! what an audience and what an opening night! Thank you to the people of for y… https://t.co/s6IlrCmB9l 17 hours 36 min ago
RT : Greatly enjoyed scaring the 💩 out of local park users today for the l… https://t.co/MdcdLO9h5Z 19 hours 56 min ago
RT : Treat yourself this Restaurant week at The Looking Glass with Breakfast and hot drink for 2 for £10 or Gin and Jam… https://t.co/SHGJ7AbUeR 1 day 11 hours ago
Did you know that it's 30 March - 7 April and to celebrate Sunderland has some great specia… https://t.co/IEtDxQA9Iz 1 day 13 hours ago
We're really looking forward to this Roll on summer!! https://t.co/hRkc7LkpDa 1 day 14 hours ago
RT : Our main Gallery is currently closed while we get ready for our next exhibition - 'Pillars of Dawn' by… https://t.co/iNcy0pe1QU 1 day 14 hours ago
Great stuff! It's one of our favourite ways to spend a morning. Mayb… https://t.co/2nb36wunmI 1 day 17 hours ago
Glad you enjoyed ! Hope the weather was kind to you bec… https://t.co/K9kRpkHCyi 1 day 18 hours ago
We're really looking forward to seeing at our beautiful ! Opening tonight 😍https://t.co/0yDQV6TbM5 1 day 19 hours ago
RT : 2 things about this picture: 1) The is a stunningly beautiful theatre. 2) Someone replaced the Lette… https://t.co/B8rIkBPMLG 1 day 19 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter

CAPTCHA
This question is for testing whether or not you are a human visitor and to prevent automated spam submissions.
4 + 2 =
Solve this simple math problem and enter the result. E.g. for 1+3, enter 4.