Things to do in Sunderland and the North East

Sunderland and the North East

Sunderland and the North East of England is home to two areas of outstanding natural beauty - the North Pennines and the Northumberland National Coast - and the beautiful Durham Heritage Coast which stretches from Sunderland to Hartlepool.

From the Angel of the North in Gateshead to the oldest ship afloat in Europe in Hartlepool, there is plenty to see and do in the North East. 

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Ideas for days out in Sunderland the North East

Herrington Country Park

Home to an array of outdoor events, Herrington Country Park offers walks, cycle trails, environmental sculptures and much more. Find out more

Roker and Seaburn beaches

Roker and Seaburn beaches provide a wonderful seaside playground for adults and children alike. These award winning beaches and their nearby parks also play host to a number of Sunderland's annual outdoor events, including the international air show. Find out more

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art

The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art has received great critical acclaim for its changing exhibitions programme, featuring the current work of local, national and international artists. Find out more

Silksworth Sports Complex

For an activity packed day out, don't miss Silksworth Sports Complex and the dry ski slope, athletics track, sports pitches, play area, snowboarding and Sk8 City skate park. Find out more

Sunderland Climbing Wall

Aim high at the Sunderland Climbing Wall. Find out more

Monkwearmouth Station Museum

Monkwearmouth Station Museum opened in 1973 and exhibits railway and local history in a preserved Victorian Station. Explore history through seven interactive galleries. Find out more

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Discover Sunderland from its pre-historic past to the present day. Explore exciting displays and a wide variety of collections with hands-on exhibits, computer interactives and video presentations. Find out more

The Hartlepool Maritime Experience, Hartlepool

The Hartlepool Maritime Experience is a superb re-creation of an 18th century seaport and a fantastic place to visit. Find out more

The National Glass Centre

The National Glass Centre is a unique venue dedicated to exploring ideas through glass and providing opportunities for people to be creative, enjoy themselves and feel inspired. Find out more