Things to do in Sunderland
With much of its history in coalmining and shipbuilding, you can see Sunderland’s roots wherever you look. But its regenerated city centre shows that it’s also looking towards the future, and offering the best of both worlds, so be sure to explore everything Sunderland has to offer.
Relax at the beaches
With 12 beaches in total, there’s a whole lot of coastline to explore in this compact northern city. If it’s a classic British summer-themed beach you’re after, then you can’t go wrong with Roker and Seaburn beaches. Connected to each other, you can relax on the sandy shores, or enjoy a walk down the pier whilst sampling the delights from the many fish and chip shops.
Visit the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland Museum is home to a load of local, regional and national artefacts, including the first Nissan car manufactured at its Sunderland factory, and a collection of paintings from L.S. Lowry. Once you’ve learnt about the history of Sunderland, head to the Winter Gardens, which boasts over 2,000 plants, and beautiful views of Mowbray Park.
Drive to Souter Lighthouse
Located 5.5 miles out of the city centre, Souter Lighthouse is well worth a visit. It shot to fame in 1871, when it was the first lighthouse that was designed to use alternating electronic currents. Whilst it was decommissioned in 1988, you can climb up to the top to enjoy the views, or simply admire the lighthouse on a nearby coastal walk.
Watch a game at The Stadium of Light
Home to Sunderland A.F.C., there’s no better way to watch a match than with 49,000 other football fans. As the 9th largest stadium in the country, whilst it’s predominantly used for football matches, some of the world’s biggest singers have performed here, including Beyonce, Oasis, Rhianna, and the Spice Girls.
Stroll through Herrington Country Park
The pit wheel in the Miners’ Memorial Garden aside, you’d have no idea that this park was built on an open-cast mine! Sprawling across 42 acres, there are plenty of walking and cycling trails to discover, in addition to a lake full of swans, a skatepark, and an adventure playground.