Sunderland, in the north east of England, is a lively city with lots of places of interest, museums to visit, historical buildings and a sandy coastline to enjoy. There’s a range of different entertainment in the city, such as at the Sunderland Empire Theatre where you can see a west End show, drama or ballet performance, and the Stadium of Light hosts large rock and pop concerts as well as being home to Sunderland Football Club. There are also lots of festivals and events in Sunderland over the year, including the Sunderland International Air Show.
There are plenty of restaurants and cafes to choose from, along with bars and clubs for a fun night out. You’ll have plenty of choice for shopping in the city, including Bridges Shopping Centre where there are lots of different stores, and Newcastle Airport serves the city for international air travel.
Sunderland Car Hire
Wherever you are in Sunderland, it’s guaranteed that you’ll to get a car from one of the leading suppliers who provide Sunderland car hire services, you can choose from many of the suppliers including Avis, Enterprise, Europcar, Firefly, Hertz, InterRent, Sixt and others.
Among the interesting places to visit in Sunderland, here are a few:
National Glass Centre
You can watch the interesting skill of glass blowing in action, with regular demonstrations at the centre, and you can also book a class to learn the art of flameworking and produce your own glass items to keep. There are also exhibitions showing beautiful glass and ceramics from the start of the 20th century onwards.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Visit this interesting museum with a range of exhibits displaying Sunderland’s past including archaeological finds, fossils, pottery, glass, and paintings by artist L S Lowry. In the Winter Gardens are colourful displays of flowers including orchids, along with many plants including mango and banana.
Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art
For those interested in contemporary art, this gallery has a range of diverse collections by both local and international contemporary artists, with regular exhibitions of works including paintings and installations.
Monkwearmouth Station Museum
At this museum you can see many exhibits relating to the history of this former railway station built in the mid 1800’s. Among the things at the museum you can see is a ticket office, models of railways, railway shed, railway carriages and bus.
Holy Trinity Church
This building was constructed in the early 18th century and is Grade I listed, and you can come to look at the fine architecture, interior columns, Baroque style arch, intricately decorated font, and stained glass windows.
Herrington Country Park
Come to this park and have a great time enjoying the scenic green surroundings as well as its many added features, which include a lake, an adventure playground for children, interesting sculptures and you can take a walk around or cycle along the various trails in the park.
St. Andrew’s Church, Roker
This church is a delightful building constructed in the early 1900’s, and is Grade I listed. Here you can see attractive features such as bright and colourful ceiling paintings, intricate tapestry and stained glass windows, along with impressive stone masonry.
Silksworth Sports Complex and Ski Slope
For a fun experience you can come to this dry ski slope and try your hand at skiing and snowboarding, with several slopes for different ages and levels, and you can have lessons if required. At the centre you’ll also find facilities including an athletics track, skateboarding and BMX areas, tennis courts, football pitches and lakes.
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