Sunderland Tourist Information

Situated right at the mouth of the River Wear, this spirited Northern city has both the allure of a large regional centre and charm of a relaxing coastal resort. Dating all the way back to Saxon times, this enviable location has been home to many and is a fantastic destination for a weekend away or a great launch pad to the rest of scenic Northumbria.

Located close to the countryside and boasting breathtaking coastal scenery, Sunderland is ideal for modern travellers looking to enjoy the view whilst savouring the creature comforts to be found in a city. Sunderland’s great location also offers many opportunities for activity-based holidays, with the famous golden beaches of Roker and Seaburn, the scenic Hetton Lyons Country Park and the popular Bede’s Way setting the scene for romantic walks. For the sprightlier of us, why not spend a day at the North East Diving Academy, Karting North East or Silksworth Sports Complex, where you can try your hand at everything from scuba diving to skiing! After a strenuous day of exploring the area or enjoying activities available, you’ll love kicking back and relaxing at one of Sunderland’s many restaurants or bars, planning the next day’s shopping trip to Sunniside or The Bridges Shopping Centre.

Centuries of history have given the city of Sunderland a full and fascinating heritage, evidenced in the many varied historical attractions to be visited in the area. St. Peter’s Church, in Monkwearmouth, is arguably the most significant, being one of the country’s first ever stone-built churches and a current candidate for World Heritage Site. Other icons of Sunderland’s Christian heritage include St. Andrew’s Church, sometimes known regionally and nationally as “the Cathedral of the Arts and Crafts Movement”, St. Nicholas Church with its stunning stained glass windows, and Sunderland Minster, all definitely worth a visit.

For a take on the city’s industrial heritage, stop by Monkwearmouth Station Museum, Sunderland Museum or Ryhope Engines Museum, or discover the Sunderland coast’s history of life saving at the Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Museum, all of which offer a peek into life in the city in years gone by. Military enthusiasts would also love a visit to the North East Aircraft Museum, which houses one of the largest aviation collection in the North of England.

If just passing through Sunderland, you can’t miss stopping at the Fulwell Windmill, a celebrated Sunderland landmark and the one and only working windmill in the North East. But with so much to delight in within this wonderful city, why not come back for a longer stay?

Interesting fact:
The renowned author, Lewis Carroll, was a regular visitor to Sunderland, and wrote “The Walrus and the Carpenter” whilst living there.

Things to see and do around Sunderland:

The Bridges Shopping Centre
Fulwell Windmill
Herrington Country Park
Hetton Lyons Country Park
Hylton Castle
Karting North East
Monkwearmouth Station Museum
Mowbray Park
National Glass Centre
North East Aircraft Museum
North East Diving Academy
Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art
The Point
Reg Vardy Gallery
Roker Beach
Royalty Theatre
Ryhope Engines Museum
Seaburn Beach
Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope
St Andrew’s Church
St Nicholas’s Church
St Peter’s Church
Sunderland Empire
Sunderland Minster
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland Volunteer Life Brigade Museum
Sunniside