Top ten inspired ideas

There's so much happening in Sunderland, it can be difficult to decide what to see and do first. Here's our top ten experiences, we think you and your family will love them.

Karting North East offers the UK’s leading karting experience alongside a host of other activities. Whether you’re an adrenaline junkie, celebrating something special or simply planning a day out with a difference, we’ve got it covered… At KNE you can experience the thrill of high speed karting on...
National Glass Centre
You’ll never look at, or through, glass in the same way again. Discover how glass arrived in Britain, how it’s made and how it’s become something we all take for granted at the National Glass Centre. Learn how Benedict Biscop first brought glass making to Sunderland, and Britain, in the 7th Century...
Herrington Country Park
Head up Penshaw Hill to see the monument built in 1844 and modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Hephaestus. From the top of the hill you can see for miles. During the summer months the National Trust open up a secret staircase in one of the pillars and you can climb right to the top! Be sure to...
Family fun at Roker and Seaburn beaches
Sunderland’s Blue Flag award winning beaches are ideal for traditional family seaside fun Sunderland’s twin beaches at Roker and Seaburn are the perfect place to unwind. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to let the kids run off some excess energy or to sit and relax with a picnic; there’s miles...
Stadium of Light
Visit the home of Sunderland AFC’s ‘Black Cats’, where you can take a tour with one of the knowledgeable guides all year round. Experience the players’ changing rooms, walk down the tunnel to the sound of Prokofiev’s ‘Dance of the Knights’ and emerge into the main arena to take your place in the...
Sunderland Empire Theatre
Sunderland Empire Theatre brings big West End productions, drama, comedy and musicals into the heart of the city. It is the biggest theatre in the North East and guarantees an exciting programme of events, staging season after season of dazzling entertainment featuring West End musicals, classical...
Family having fun at Sunderland Museum
Discover Sunderland’s fascinating history in one place. With a collection dating back to 1846 there are plenty of surprises at Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Perhaps the most famous object of all is Wallace the Lion. Wallace was part of a touring wild animal show which visited Sunderland...
Washington Old Hall
Washington Old Hall is the ancestral home of George Washington, the first president of the United States of America. Today Washington Old Hall is under the ownership of the National Trust. The Trust, with assistance from the Friends of Washington Old Hall, has furnished the property much as it...
Washington Wetland Centre
Washington Wetland Centre area is home to exotic birds, amazing insects, beautiful wild scenery and so much more. Here you can experience wonderful wildlife up close and have a great family day out as you discover 45 hectares of stunning wetlands and woodland on the River Wear. This recreated...

Did you know?

Roker beach is home to the unique 'cannonball' rock formations that were the inspiration for the seafront 'pods'.

Twitter

RT : Look at this! The first book in the Magic Misfits series, read by none other than the author, the awesome… https://t.co/WdqKeKDztA 1 day 12 hours ago
RT : Something for the weekend? From top comedians to seeing world class music acts for free, here's 10 top things to d… https://t.co/u8xifSm8TX 1 day 12 hours ago
We had a sneaky preview visit to the yesterday and wow! So much hard work taking place and it's looking… https://t.co/oXangUZWk1 1 day 14 hours ago
RT : can you believe it has been a week since our swashbuckling Peter Pan l… https://t.co/U20gSuSeOf 1 day 15 hours ago
Ted loved his visit to so much he didn't want to leave. He stayed on a few days longer than intende… https://t.co/vSEw27JnKj 1 day 16 hours ago
RT : Even the weather was great!!! ☀️😎 https://t.co/qGcjlnyV7h 2 days 9 hours ago
How good does this look! Great stuff we don't want the summer to end either but this i… https://t.co/05L5LZKYA2 2 days 10 hours ago
RT : The council brought in over £98m of external funding last year. Faced with continued Govt cuts members and officers… https://t.co/Xh8MToDcmT 2 days 10 hours ago
RT : You've only got until tomorrow morning to catch the fantastic work created by our Set the Sails groups at… https://t.co/hWb6nwaw9z 2 days 13 hours ago
RT : Ahoy there! Decorate your own yacht this summer at . Use a range of craft materials to personal… https://t.co/6wKbR4ggzw 2 days 13 hours ago
RT : Have you seen this little gem of a gallery in Frederick Street yet? Artist Ken Devine moved back to his home city… https://t.co/xqDMN2DUdC 2 days 15 hours ago
It all looks a bit fishy to us !! Terrible puns aside - we think these are fa… https://t.co/7ND2pXyvRc 2 days 16 hours ago
Mr Blue Sky is living here today, hey hey! We think the weather knows that the fabulous ELO Experience are playing… https://t.co/nurbE1Q4sS 2 days 16 hours ago
Hey we think this looks like great fun! https://t.co/gQYUweu2kU 2 days 16 hours ago
What a great selection of fun family activities this summer! https://t.co/k71ieYGk0N 2 days 17 hours ago

Facebook

Download the See it Do it app

Sign up to our newsletter