Sunderland Travel Guide

  • Things to Do
    by LauraK37
  • Things to Do
    by LauraK37
  • Things to Do
    by LauraK37

Sunderland Things to Do

  • Karting North East Multi Activity Centre

    Karting North East has been providing activity experiences and corporate entertainment for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities.We have one of the largest karting circuits in the UK, 4x4 off road driving...

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  • Visit Penshaw Monument

    located about 5 miles inland from Sunderland City Centre, not far from Washington and the Nissan factory

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  • National Glass Centre III

    And these guys make a variety of decorative glassware, all of which can be bought in the shop. It's really lovely stuff, and it adds a certain je-ne-sais-qoui to have seen it being made. Bring your amex card though!!

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  • National Glass Centre II

    In the Centre there are static displays and a number of hands-on things (mainly for kids) demonstrating the uses glass is put to, how it is made, the history of glass in Sunderland and so on. There are also live glass making demonstrations every hour on the hour. This guy has made a sheet of stained glass - it's made by blowing a long cylinder then...

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  • National Glass Centre

    Glass making was also an important part of Sunderlands past. The first stained glass to be made in England was made at Sunderland in the 700's. The industry had fluctuating fortunes but on the whole prospered until fairly recently.Most glass factories have now closed but the stained glass for Anglian Windows double glazing is still produced in...

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  • Riverside (V)

    Here's some nut standing behind a Nut. This again is one of the sculptures taking inspiration from the old industries that once lined these banks (I'm NOT part of the sculpture).

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  • The Riverside (IV)

    There is something of an "Art Park" along the riverside walk. This is one of the sculptures and it shows a tree growing from the jib of an old shipyard crane, representing new growth from the old dead industry. Touching, and very nice, too.

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  • The Riverside (III)

    That same view from another vantage point, this time from the roof of the National Glass Centre (see later).

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  • The Riverside (II)

    Looking across to Panns Bank there is a mix of old, 60's and brand new developments, and a few small craft thrown in as a reminder of a once busy riverscape.

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  • The Riverside

    Just down river of the Monkwearmouth Bridge, on the Northern side of the river, is Saint Peters Riverside. The Monkwearmouth Bridge was at the time it was built (late 1700's) the largest single span cast iron bridge in the world.This area was once occupied by docks and ship repair yards. Now it is reclaimed for recreation, and includes the National...

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  • Industrial Riverside

    Taken from the edge of the Football Stadium's car park, this view down to the river shows how little remains of the traditional industry. The Liebherr Offshore Cranes yard is the only thing of any size that remains on this stretch of the river. To the left of this, and out of the picture, stands the Vaux Brewery, now also closed. The brewery was...

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  • Marsden Rocks (I)

    Marseden Rocks are a formation of rock stacks a few yards offshore from the cliffs. As well as their scenic beauty they also provide an important breeding ground for Cormorants, having the largest breeding colony in the North East. The cliffs are also an important breeding site for Kittewakes.This archway of rock collapsed in the 90's and a famous...

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  • Marsden Rocks (II)

    The most famous of the rock formations of Marsden is this one. It used to for an arch, but the second stack (which stood to its right as you look and obviously helped to support "the roof" of the arch) was in danger of collapsing, so the authorities blew it up. To make the job complete, they also took away the resulting rocks, so you can no longer...

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  • Industrial Archeaology

    More or less opposite the Souter Lighthouse is the remains of a group of lime kilns. Used to burn limestone to produce lime for use mainly as a fertilister and soil improver, these date from the late 1800's. The coal for the kilns came from any number of local collieries, all now gone.

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  • Souter Lighthouse

    Travelling North from Whitburn towards Marsden, you come to Souter Lighthouse. Now owned and maintained by the National Trust, this is an example of a traditional manned lighthouse. You can look around the lighthouse and the cottages surrounding it to see what life was like for a lighthouse keeper many years ago.You can walk from here to Marsden,...

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Sunderland Hotels

  • Premier Inn Sunderland - West

    Wessington Way, Castletown (formerly "Travel Inn"), Sunderland, SR5 3HR, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Marriott Sunderland

    Queen's Parade Seaburn, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR68DB, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Quality Hotel Sunderland

    Witney Way Jct A19/A184, Boldon Business Park, Sunderland, NE35 9PE, United Kingdom

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 3 out of 5 stars

Sunderland Restaurants

  • Homely Italian Service

    The food is plenty and amazing, the service is friendly and warm. The view overlooks the river wear which may not sound pleasing on the eye, but I like it. The cost is cheap - average and it probably tables about 40-50 people so is quiet small, which I think gives it the homely feel. Chicken ripiero - A ball of chicken with ham and motzarella...

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  • All mediteranian food

    Here you have a splendid viev of the beach and the north sea just imagine this its the middle of winter blowing a gale and raining outside ,but you are inside its warm and your having your favourite food with your loved one looking out you can see the waves crashing some 10-20 feet into the air All of it possibly pasta carbonara washed down with a...

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  • Super pasta at Little Italy

    Situated on a beachfront location at Seaburn in Sunderland it is a friendly family run restauraunt on an evening you can enjoy your meal in comfort while watching the waves rolling into shore only meters away I just love the spaghetti bols and boy do these brothers know how to cook it in fact I love all the pastas that they serve here they do a...

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Sunderland Nightlife

  • After hours...

    The Glass Spider is cheap enough with no entry fee, it is quite popular. They serve until 4am in the morning and there are 2 levels inside. At first glance it looks like a lapdancing bar I think, but it's not. Smart casual...

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  • Rock-Face Pub

    Below the cliffs at Marsden (literally, cut into the cliff face) is a pub called "The Marsden Grotto". Inside, the walls are all, well, stone, as you'd expect! The views out to the ocean past the stacks are pretty cool too. Simple

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  • Pre-Match Drinks...

    Just off the seafront in the area known as Fullwell is The Sunderland Flying Boat pub. This was a favourite pre-match haunt of mine before the stadium moved. The pub is decked out with memorobilia of Sunderland Flying Boats.The planes were made by Shorts of Belfast and Rochester, the only connection they had to do with Sunderland was the name. All...

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Sunderland Transportation

  • Sunderland Transportation

    You can now get to Sunderland direct from London and York via Grand Central Trains although there is only approx. 3 services a day otherwise you have to travel to Newcastle Central Station and change to the Tyne and Wear Metro.The bus service is quite good during the day but can be poor at night and operates via Sunderland Interchange which also...

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  • Not brilliant

    To get there, you have to go via Newcastle - despite there being provision to do so, there is no direct train link from London (a direct train via Hartlepool, Stockton and York would be possible), though strangely there is from Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds or York. Bar these places, you have to travel to Newcastle Central Station and change to the...

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Sunderland Local Customs

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    by rob-craig Updated Oct 20, 2002

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    When visiting Sunderland do not offend the local people by calling them or suggesting that they sound like "geordies",as you will soon find out that the warm welcoming hospitality soon goes cold.We are "Wearsiders" or "Mackems"

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Sunderland Warnings and Dangers

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    by tim2788 Written May 31, 2007

    Sunderland is an extremley safe city. The centre is not that big and I can honestly say there I have never had any problems. There are some areas east of the town centre 'Hendon' which have a bad reputation and can be very unwelcoming but other than that its pretty safe to be out and about even in the early hours as long as common sense is used!

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Sunderland Sports & Outdoors

  • Boxing Day match at Sunderland

    The stadium is called 'The Stadium of Light' and the club is knicknamed 'The Black Cats'.49.000 is the capacity of the stadium and the away supporters were on the upper tier this season. It was a good view - just strange as we're used to being ground level!On the walk up the stairs to the upper tier, there is a level that is solely for selling the...

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  • Stadium of Light

    The Stadium of Light is home to Sunderland AFC.Built as an 42,000 all-seater stadium in 1997 to replace Roker Park, and its famous "Roar". Its capacity was extended in 2002 to 49,000. I've always found it one of the coldest places to watch football, so bring your hats scarves and gloves.

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  • Sunderland AFC

    I'm here for almost every home game and have been for the last 25 years (including our previous stadium).This shot is from the match against local deadly rivals Newcastle in 2000. After being 2-0 down we came back to draw 2-2 and salvage local pride, for that year at least.I'm in the picture there somewhere ;-)

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Sunderland Favorites

  • Once there was a fountain there

    The sea front in Sunderland is superb , if you don't get to go anywhere else visit the coast stretching some 10km north of the mouth of the river Wear and a few albeit not so spectacular south. The picture shows the now grassed over Seaburn fountain, which proved very popular ,too popular in fact because every now and then someone would drop a...

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  • Life Up North

    Sunderland is the biggest city between Leeds and Edinburgh. It's bigger even than it's close neigbour and rival Newcastle. Unfortunately it lacks the quality of the facilities that Newcastle has (shopping, liesure, nighlife, theatres etc) and it doesn't have that "big city feeling" that Newcastle has.This is all rather unfortunate and leaves...

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  • Mackems, not Geordies!

    Sunderland People are called Mackems (see my Sunderland page for more) and should never be called Geordies. That title belongs to them up the road (Newcastle). I got my degree there, also support Sunderland AFC which can be a pleasure or a pain, depending on the result.

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