Sunderland Tourist Information

National Glass Centre Sunderland

National Glass Centre Sunderland

Home to a world class university and Premiership football team, Sunderland and the Sunderland coast around Roker and Seaburn make a great North East base for both business and leisure. Rich in shipbuilding and engineering heritage, Sunderland is a riverside city close to the mouth of the River Wear. There are heritage themed walking trails running alongside the river right out to the mouth of the estuary and the dramatically located National Glass Centre which digs deep into Sunderland’s glass making history.

River Wear towards Roker from the National Glass Centre viewpoint

River Wear towards Roker from the National Glass Centre viewpoint

Within easy reach of Newcastle and a gateway to the Durham Heritage Coast to the South, Sunderland offers a lively city base with a choice of attractions. See National touring theatre shows at the famous Edwardian Sunderland Empire Theatre and take a tour of the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens with impressive artwork collections by Lowry and tropical indoor water garden oasis.

Sunderland offers a wide choice of bars, nightclubs, vibrant pubs and restaurants. World class sport also features in the city in the form of the Stadium of Light football stadium situated on the site of the old Wearmouth Colliery. The ground is a popular choice for England games and also offers public tours and adjacent shop.

Anglo-Saxon gems - St Peter's, Wearmouth Sunderland

Anglo-Saxon gems – St Peter’s, Wearmouth Sunderland

Take a walk out to the ancient Saxon St Peter’s church at Wearmouth Jarrow – a potential World Heritage Site dating back to 674AD! Other Sunderland gems not to be missed include the 1840s free entry Monkwearmouth Station just across the Wearmouth Bridge, an important station along the North East Railway heritage trail, with exhibition and original platform intact. Sunderland’s many attractions expand out to the coast and immediate surrounds. Highlights here include best watersports, beaches and coastal walking around Roker and Seaburn, both of which have beautiful lighthouses and promenades.

Tour magnificent heritage sites near Sunderland including the great medieval gatehouse of Hylton Castle to the west and the Victorian hilltop Penshaw Monument to the South. American visitors won’t want to miss a visit to the National Trust’s Washington Old Hall just west of Sunderland, the ancestral home of US president George Washington! Whether you’re looking for a great North East holiday base, a Sunderland hotel for business, a football weekend away or a party break, find it here on Iknow. Book Sunderland hotels & accommodation online.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.