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
In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus National Glass Centre and Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art will be closed to the public from 5pm on Wednesday 18 March until further notice. We have taken this decision in the best interests of our...
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
For latest updates on the Sunderland Empire Theatre and coronavirus Click here 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...
Family having fun at Sunderland Museum
Following careful consideration, Sunderland City Council has taken the difficult decision to close Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens for the foreseeable future.      We will review the situation on a weekly basis and further updates will be provided   We would like to sincerely apologise for...
Washington Old Hall
In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus Washington Old Hall (the whole site including gardens) will be closed to the public for 2 weeks.   It is National Trust’s commitment to have our parks and gardens open. We will review the situation in two weeks...
Washington Wetland Centre
In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus WWT Washington will be closed to the public until further notice.  Washington Wetland Centre area is home to exotic birds, amazing insects, beautiful wild scenery and so much more. Here you can experience...

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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