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Modern, bustling city with its own spectacular coastline. Are you looking for things to do in Sunderland? We've got plenty of great ideas for you across the city.


In recent times Sunderland has seen millions of pounds invested in regeneration and revitalisation projects. The result has been that Sunderland has been transformed into a modern, bustling and green city, full of opportunity. Sunderland enjoys an enviable location on the mouth of the River Wear, near to local countryside and adjacent to miles of spectacular coastline. Inland, the city is home to a number of fascinating museums and galleries, including the National Glass Centre.

Shopping in Sunderland is amongst the best in the north east, particularly since the opening of The Bridges shopping centre. If you fancy a film or a show, the city boasts multiple theatres and a multi-screen cinema. For the more active individual why not try watersports at the marina or attempt to climb the country's biggest indoor climbing wall at The Wall? At night revellers flock to the city's thriving bar and club scene. If that's not for you, you can always enjoy dinner at one of the cities many excellent restaurants.

Known for...   Stadium of Light and Ship building


Did you know...

  • The oldest existing Latin version of the Bible - the Codex Amiantinus - was written at St Peter's Church, next to the University's riverside campus.
  • Sunderland is home to the UK's longest stretch of city-side beach.
  • Lewis Carroll wrote his famous poem Jabberwocky while staying in Sunderland.



 

  Attractions

National Glass Centre FREE

Centre for creative glass work with fascinating exhibitions and galleries.
Liberty Way
Sunderland
SR6 0GL

01915155555

 

Monkwearmouth Jarrow Abbey FREE

St. Benedict Biscop, as he came to be known, established the twin-foundation Anglo-Saxon monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey.
North Bridge Street
Sunderland
SR5 1AP

 

Rosebud Ceramics

Paint your own pottery experience.
11 Olive Street
Sunderland
SR1 3PE

01915672087

 

Stadium Of Light

Sunderland football stadium and music concert venue.
Milenium Way
Sunderland
SR5 1SU

08719111200

 

Penshaw Monument FREE

National Trust - Stunning views from this 70-foot high folly.
Chester Road
Penshaw
DH4 7NJ

 

Hylton Castle

English Heritage - The distinctive and highly decorative gatehouse-tower of a castle built by the wealthy Sir William Hylton.
near Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR5 3PA

 

Sunderland Greyhound Stadium

Action packed greyhound racing.
Newcastle Road
SR5 1RP

 
 

  Museums

Sunderland Museum And Winter Gardens FREE

In depth look at Sunderland's rich heritage and spectacular gardens.
Burdon Road
Sunderland
SR1 1PP

01915532323

 

Monkwearmouth Station Museum FREE

Take a look inside a real Victorian railway station.
Noth Bridge Street
Sunderland
SR5 1AP

01915642804

 

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 Pumping Station
Waterworks Road
Sunderland
SR2 0ND

01915210235

Recommended by Brian Farr, Sunderland

 

North East Aircraft Museum

Fascinating aviation museum.
Old Washington Road
Sunderland
SR5 3HZ

01915190662

Recommended by Harry Bayliss, Newcastle

 
 

  Parks

Backhouse Park FREE

This park is a natural arboretum with a large variety of trees and some of the city's largest mature trees.
The Cedars
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR2 7TW

 

Barnes Park FREE

Opened on 6 August 1909 this is the largest of the city's urban parks stretching just under 2 miles in length.
Barnes Park Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR4 7PY

 

Burn Park FREE

One of the cities smallest parks just on the outskirts of the city centre with a stream running through the centre of the park.
Burn Park Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR2 7JH

 

Mowbray Park FREE

An award winning park in the heart of Sunderland.
Burdon Road
Sunderland
SR1 1PP

 

Thompson Park FREE

This well-maintained park, which opened in 1933, boasts excellent sports facilities, including bowling greens, tennis courts.
Thompson Road
Sunderland
SR5 1SF

 

Doxford House Park FREE

The park has an extensive range of mature trees within its well maintained grounds as well as a picturesque lake with cascades.
Silksworth Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR3 2PE

 

James Steel Park FREE

The park extends for more than 4km on both sides of the River Wear from the wildfowl and wetlands trust to Fatfield.
Beatrice Terrace
Mount Pleasant
Washington
DH4 7PU

 

Rectory Park FREE

The grounds are quite small but very pleasant and relaxing to either stroll around or have a pleasant seat within the grounds.
Bernard Shaw Street
Houghton le Spring
DH5 8DU

 

Barley Mow Park FREE

Small but well maintained park with features including a sensory garden, a vast array of floral displays, bowling greens, tennis.
Ryhope Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR2 7ST

 

Herrington Welfare Park FREE

Situated centrally in Herrington and offers many facilities for the local community including an enclosed football pitch, bowling.
Herrington Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR3 3TE

 

Roker Park FREE

Roker Park runs to about seven hectares next to the coast, on the northern boundary of Sunderland.
Roker Park Road
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR6 9NA

 

West Park FREE

Popular with local dog walkers this park has a line of mature trees inside the boundary wall encompassing a medium grassed area.
Herrington
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR3 3TB

 

Ryhope Recreation Park FREE

Offering a variety of sports including an enclosed football pitch, cricket pitch, bowling green and tennis courts.
Ryhope Street South
Ryhope
Sunderland
SR2 0AX

 

King George V Park FREE

King George V offers facilities including football pitches, bowling greens, children's play area and a skate park.
Nookside
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR4 8DX

 

Silksworth Park FREE

A small village park with attractively laid out grounds which includes bowling greens, multi-use games area, bandstand, play area.
Silksworth
Sunderland
Tyne and Wear
SR3 1AX

 

Billy Hardy Sports Complex FREE

A modern well-maintained sporting venue named after a local boxing hero Billy Hardy.
Grange Road
Castletown
Sunderland
SR5 3EQ

 

Herrington Country Park FREE

A former Durham pit site, which was reclaimed and developed into the now known Herrington Country Park.
Chester Road, Herrington
Houghton le Spring
Tyne and Wear ‎
DH4 7EL

 
 

  Galleries

City Library And Arts Centre FREE

Various galleries and exhibitions throughout.
Fawcett Street
Sunderland
SR1 1RE

01915618407

 

Northern Gallery For Contemporary Art FREE

Popular contemporary art gallery.
City Library and Arts Centre
Fawcett Street
SR1 1RE

01915618407

 
 

  Bowling

Ten Pin

Ten-pin bowling centre.
Sunniside Leisure
High Street West
SR1 1TR

08715501010

 
 

  Cinema

Odeon Sunderland

Multi-screen cinema.
Sunniside Leisure
4 Lambton Street
SR1 1TP

03330144501

 

Sunniside Leisure Complex

Includes a casino, cinema, bowling alley and a number of modern eateries.
Sunniside Leisure
High Street West
SR1 1TR

 
 

  Theatre

Sunderland Empire

'The West End of the North East'.
4-6 High Street West
Sunderland
SR1 3EX

01915661040

 

Sunderland Royalty Theatre

Popular city centre theatre. Full listings available.
25 The Royalty
Sunderland
SR2 7PP

01915672669

 
 

  Leisure centres

Raich Carter

Friendly health and fitness club.
Commercial Road
Sunderland
SR2 8PD

01915532333

 

DW Fitness

Health and fitness club.
1 Timber Beach Road
Sunderland
SR5 3XG

01942219700

 

Club Zest

Ladies health and fitness club.
60 Sea Road
Sunderland
SR6 9DB

01915169898

 
 

  Water sports

Adventure Sunderland Watersports Centre

Opportunities to try kayaking, canoeing, sailing and much more.
Sunderland Marina
Sunderland
SR6 0PW

01915144721

 
 

  Karting

Karting Northeast

Outdoor karting centre.
Warden Law
Sunderland
SR3 2PR

01915214050

 
 

  Climbing

Sunderland Wall

Europe's premier indoor climbing centre.
Doxford Print Works
Palilion Quay
SR4 6TQ

01915144234

 

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