Travelling around Sunderland
Lying at the mouth of the River Wear in the North East of England, Sunderland is sandwiched between two great northern cities, Newcastle and Durham. A must-see destination in its own right, this vibrant city is brimming with culture, history and charm. Visit Hylton Castle – a magnificent medieval tower and gatehouse on the edge of the city – take a tour of the Roker Pier and Lighthouse or explore some of the city’s beautiful parks and gardens.
Sunderland has excellent road and rail links. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to local towns and villages, such as Sedgefield and Wingate, as well as regular services to Hartlepool and Darlington.
For a little local culture, be sure to pay a visit to Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The museum has a Designated Collection of national importance, including the only known fossil of a gliding reptile anywhere in the country. Just a short walk from the museum, you’ll find Mowbray Park, a beautiful area of parkland in the heart of the city, with tree-lined paths, landscaped gardens and a traditional bandstand.
If you’re an art lover, be sure to visit the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, showcasing works by some of the best emerging local and international artists. Or for a truly unique cultural experience, why not pop along to Sunderland’s National Glass Centre, with contemporary art exhibitions, live shows and glass-blowing demonstrations.
In the evening, head down to Sunniside; once the beating heart of Sunderland’s shipbuilding industry, this area has been transformed into a lively cultural centre, with a casino, cinema, bars and restaurants.