Museums & Galleries

Bowes Railway
In light of the most recent government measures to control the spread of Covid-19 virus Bowes Railway will be closed to the public until further notice.  Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section, designed by...
Fulwell mill
Fulwell Windmill started to appear on the Sunderland skyline in 1806 and became the familiar landmark we know today when opened in 1808. Built for Joseph Swan out of magnesian limestone from the adjacent quarry, it retained its links with the Swan family for many years. 1839 saw the only recorded...
Hetton Colliery Railway
In the early 19th century, coal, steam and machines transformed Britain. It was an age of technological innovation, hard graft and pushing the boundaries  - epitomised by the birth of the railways.   One of the worlds first was the Hetton Colliery Railway, designed by giant of the industrial age ...
National Glass Centre
Following the most recent government updates we are pleased to announce National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will reopen to the public from 10am on 17th May 2021. Arts Centre Washington will reopen on 18th May. You’ll never look at,...
North East Land Sea and Air Museum
The North East Land Sea and Air Museum will be closed from 18 March 2020 for the foreseeable future. This will be reviewed on a weekly basis. Please Click here for the latest updates.   The volunteers at the North East Land Sea and Air Museum have created several collections in one museum. The...
Ergin Cavusoglu installation
Following the most recent government updates we are pleased to announce National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will reopen to the public from 10am on 17th May 2021. Arts Centre Washington will reopen on 18th May. The Northern Gallery...
Ryhope Engines Museum
The Ryhope Engines Museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 - after 100 years of continuous use. The Museum is now regarded as one of the finest industrial monuments in the North East of...
Family having fun at Sunderland Museum
Following the most recent government updates we are pleased to announce National Glass Centre, Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, and Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens will reopen to the public from 10am on 17th May 2021. Arts Centre Washington will reopen on 18th May. Discover Sunderland’s...

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Mowbray Park in Sunderland city centre is one of the oldest parks in the North East. Restored to its former Victorian splendour, it has an intriguing array of art works.

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Looking for a great family day out in a friendly, exciting city by the sea? Looking for fascinating museums, cute wildlife and plenty of space for your little ones to run off their excess energy? Look no more because Sunderland ticks all those boxes and more. Here are our ten best things for all of the family to do in Sunderland.

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