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Visiting Sunderland

A modern, bustling centre that is balanced with a relaxing green environment, stunning coastal scenery and a refreshing attitude to life!

In Sunderland, quality of life and quality of environment go hand in hand. The city centre has an enviable location, set right on the mouth of the River Wear next to a beautiful coastline and surrounded by easily accessible countryside. Add to that a range of outstanding heritage, cultural and sporting attractions and you’ll find that Sunderland has everything you need for an ideal short break.

So many things to see and do including the Sunderland Empire Theatre, St Peters Church which produced the Venerable Bede, Europe’s greatest 8th century scholar, the award winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and for energetic types, the Sunderland Wall and Silksworth Sports Complex offer climbing, skiing and snowboarding while Adventure Sunderland has facilities for windsurfers, kayakers and divers.

The picturesque town of Washington is also well worth a visit. Divided into small villages Washington is steeped in history dating back as a settlement to at least Anglo Saxon times. Today the town is diverse in its offering. Where once coal was loaded by the ton, you will now find breathtaking views of the countryside and fascinating history and heritage attractions, including the impressive Washington Old Hall, where five generations of George Washington’s ancestors once lived.

Sunderland’s green spaces and magnificent coastline also make an ideal stage for a number of exhilarating outdoor festivals and events. From the adrenaline rush of the Red Arrows at the Sunderland International Airshow to open air movies at the Sunderland Festival, to traditional ox roasting and fireworks at Houghton Feast, there is always something going on in Sunderland to suit all tastes.

So, whether you’re after relaxation, invigoration or both, Sunderland’s distinctive mix of city, coast and countryside with its varying attractions will definitely be a breath of fresh air.

Information courtesy of – http://www.sunderland.gov.uk/

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