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
You’ll never look at, or through, glass in the same way again. Discover how glass arrived in Britain, how it’s made and how it’s become something we all take for granted at the National Glass Centre. Learn how Benedict Biscop first brought glass making to Sunderland, and Britain, in the 7th Century...
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
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 after season of dazzling entertainment featuring West End musicals, classical...
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...
Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. Today Washington Old Hall is under the ownership of the National Trust. The Trust, with assistance from the Friends of Washington Old Hall, has furnished the property much as it...
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...

Did you know?

Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to have a river, beautiful coastline and two award winning beaches at Roker and Seaburn.

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