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Sunderland

TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City
Sun, sand, sea and sheer green spaces beautifully come together at Sunderland, peppered with festivals, art, music and history to keep the traveller engrossed. Visit the Sunniside, Roker Beach and Mowbray Park for beautiful walks and take in the sights and sounds that’ll be etched in your memory forever. The art scene is housed in the likes of Sunderland Empire Theatre, National Glass Centre, and more. The Souter Lighthouse, Sunderland Museum, the Monkwearmouth Station, and the Holy Trinity Church, among others are of historical significance. Apart from these, the underground music scene, theatre, cinema, pubs and clubs add a buzzing streak to the place. With more events, activities and festivals, Sunderland is great for a complete family escapade. For fun, a great family time, some dose of history, a great theatre experience, and a verdant countryside, Sunderland is the place to visit.
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City National Glass Centre

National Glass Centre

Attached to the University of Sunderland, the National Glass Centre is located on the banks of the River Wear. Established in 1998 and constructed entirely from glass and steel visitors are permitted to walk on its glass roof and look down into the museum. It is dedicated to the history of glass-making and has several galleries with changing exhibitions. The museum hosts a number of events related to glass making and art, as well as having many artists on its premises whose works can be bought at the glass shop.

Image Courtesy: Simon Letouze - Colin Davison via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens

Get insights on Sunderland’s journey from its prehistoric days to present times, when you visit the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. It has collections based on natural history, geology, glass, pottery, archaeology, ethnography as well as a huge collection of Lowry paintings which have only been increasing since the 19th century. The Winter Garden has an excellent collection of more than 2,000 trees and plants such as tea, coffee, vanilla, date palms, banana, pineapple, mango and ginger. The highlight of its collections is a rare fossil of a 250-million year old gliding reptile.

Image Courtesy: Martin Routledge via www.geograph.org.uk
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Stadium of Light

Stadium of Light

Home to the Sunderland Association Football Club, the Stadium of Light is a football stadium with a seating capacity for 49,000 spectators. Opened in 1997, it has the sixth-largest capacity of the English football stadiums and is the fifth-largest English Premier League stadium. Apart from football matches, the stadium has also hosted performers such as Rihanna, Oasis, Take That, Bruce Springsteen, Jon Bon Jovi and Red Hot Chili Peppers. It also has suites to hold banquets and conferences.

Image Courtesy: The JPS via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Monkwearmouth Station

Monkwearmouth Station

Built in 1848, the Monkwearmouth Station was once the main railway station in Sunderland. Unfortunately, it closed down in 1967 on account of the Beeching Axe, which was the operation of restructuring the railway stations in England. It has now been converted into a museum where visitors can explore the Wagon Shed, Children’s Gallery and the Journeys Gallery. Besides, there are interactive displays depicting the story of the once alive station as well as ongoing exhibitions and events to take you through it all.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Souter Lighthouse

Souter Lighthouse

This was the first lighthouse in the world to have been entirely designed and constructed based on the most advanced modern technology, i.e., alternating electric currents. Situated at Lizard Point it was a much needed navigational aid as there were numerous shipwrecks happening because of the treacherous underwater reefs. It was deactivated in 1988 and is said to be haunted and even featured in the British documentary called Most Haunted. There’s also a small museum that has an indoor playroom for kids with nautical toys. We suggest you climb up the lighthouse for a lovely view of the lake below you.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Holy Trinity Church

Holy Trinity Church

One of the oldest buildings in the East of Sunderland, the Holy Trinity Church was opened in 1719 for the Parish of Sunderland. It was constructed entirely from brick and stone and has a brightly lit interior with large sunlit windows. Earlier, the building was also home to the first public library, civic rooms and a fire engine. No longer used as a place of worship, it is now a Grade I listed building, in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.

Image Courtesy: Merlinseyes via Wikimedia Commons
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Sunderland Minster

Sunderland Minster

The Minster Church of St Michael and All Angels and St Benedict Biscop, referred to in common parlance as the Sunderland Minster is a church located in the heart of the city. Dedicated to St Michael it has been in existence for over a thousand years. It was renamed in 1998 following the City status that was granted to it. Pay your obeisance here and catch a popular event while at this heritage site.

Image Courtesy: www.sunderlandminster.com
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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Mowbray Park

Mowbray Park

Started in 1857, Mowbray Park is one of the oldest known municipal parks in North East England. The park is named after the Mowbray family, from whom the plot of land was bought in 1831. Its opening ceremony was attended by hordes of people and it came into being because of the demand for more open spaces in the city. The park then fell into ruins and was re-opened in 2000 after an extensive renovation programme, which was attended by over 8,00,000 visitors. Enjoy this sprawling green oasis with historic statues and colourful flowerbeds.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Newcastle Upon Tyne

Newcastle Upon Tyne

Take a day’s excursion to the city of Newcastle Upon Tyne, commonly known as Newcastle, which is a short half an hour’s drive from Sunderland. It is the most populated city in North East England and was named by Robert Curthose after the castle built in 1080. It hosts the world’s most popular half marathon called the Great North Run since 1981. Explore the sights, sounds and smells of this spectacular destination which is vibrant with a rich and modern nightlife as well as old-world charm.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park

With more than 40 rides and game stalls, Ocean Beach Pleasure Park is the place to be for the family where there is something to cater to all tastes. Try the various rides such as the Pony Express, Mini Twist and the Big Apple rollercoaster; have fun with a laser gun at Quasar or even ride the waves at Urban Wave where you can try surfing, wakeboarding and snowboarding without getting wet. Be rest assured that you will be leaving this theme park with a smile on your face.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Sunderland Empire Theatre

Sunderland Empire Theatre

This Edwardian-styled theatre is a large venue that opened in 1907 and can accommodate up to a maximum of 2,200 people sitting and standing. It is one of the largest venues in North East England and is one of the few remaining in the UK to comprise of four tiers, i.e., the Orchestra Stall, the Dress Circle, the Upper Circle and the Gallery. The Beatles performed there on their first tour of the UK and since then, it has undergone tremendous renovation and refurbishment. Certainly catch a performance here.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Sunniside Leisure Complex

Sunniside Leisure Complex

One cannot visit Sunderland and claim to having seen it entirely if they haven’t been to Sunniside. This was the nerve centre of the city during the height of its shipbuilding prowess and is also its historic heart. Stroll through this beautiful area, which has undergone massive urban development and boasts of several restaurants, a casino, a 12-screen cinema, bowling complex, and a lovely open space to just sit and relax. This is an ideal place to be after a hard day at work or touring the city.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Roker Beach

Roker Beach

Head here and get a glimpse of the unique and strange looking ‘cannonball’ limestone rock formations, which have been called ‘Cannonball Rocks’ because of their striking resemblance to cannon balls. These formations are quite rare and are found only in certain parts of the world; they are an ideal terrain for coasteering. The geology of Sunderland’s seafront dates back to more than 200 million years when the first sighting of the ‘cannonball’ rocks started forming. Go swimming, surfing, kayaking or sailing here. A must visit for some great time at the beach.

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TraveLibro United Kingdom Sunderland Featured City Cycling

Cycling

Cycling is one outdoor sport that has caught everyone’s fancy in Sunderland. The city is blessed with an ideal weather, well maintained paths and beautiful scenery wherein this activity can be carried out. The wide green spaces and traffic-free paths make it a pleasure to access and explore the surroundings and outer areas of Sunderland. Hence, it comes as no surprise that the city is home to the BIG Bike Ride when hundreds of cyclists come cycling the length and breadth of Sunderland. So get on that bike and take in the beautiful scenery while getting some wind in your hair.

Image Courtesy: www.trailbrakes.co.uk
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