Parks & Outdoor Attractions

Herrington Country Park and Penshaw Monument

Our outdoor spaces offer lots to see and do with the whole family, and they change with the seasons, so there's always something new to see, whether you need your wellies or your suncream.

We've got some of the most magnificent parks and countryside in the UK. Mowbray Park is the jewel in the crown of the city centre, and winner of 'Best Park' at the 2014 Northumbria in Bloom awards.

Herrington Country Park is at the foot of the iconic Penshaw Monument and has walks and cycle trails, a play area, lake and a variety of sculptures.

For more opportunities to get up close with wildlife, nature and other animals, head to Washington Wetland Centre, Rainton Meadows Nature Reserve or Down at the Farm for great days out.

Roker Park
A beautiful park with direct access from the beach, with lots to see and do for all the whole family - children's railway, play areas, basketball, tennis courts, model boating lake and much more! The park also plays host to theatre productions, Sunderland Illuminations, Christmas lights and is home...
The Sculpture Trail, running along the final part of the C 2 C or Coast to Coast was created over a decade from 1991 to 2001 by sculptor Colin Wilbourn and writer Chaz Brenchley. Colin and Chaz worked with residents of Sunderland to create the trail which brings together Sunderland’s past and...
Sunderland Yacht Club is situated on the Old North Pier at Sunderland with panoramic views to sea. The Club offers organised Cruising, Cruiser Racing Dinghy Racing and as a RYA organised training establishment, offer Sail and Powerboat training and VHF Radio courses.
Thompson Park
Boasting excellent sports facilities, including bowling greens, tennis courts and football pitches. There is also a play area with quite an extensive range of equipment. AccessAble Click here
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...

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Did you know?

Perhaps Sunderland's most prominent landmark is Penshaw Monument. It was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Penshaw was modelled on Theseion, the Temple of Thesus in Athens.

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