Things to do in and around Sunderland
STADIUM OF LIGHT
The Stadium of Light is an all-seater football stadium in Sunderland, England and home to Sunderland A.F.C. With space for 48,707 spectators, the Stadium of Light is the sixth largest stadium in England. The stadium hosts Sunderland A.F.C. home matches. Our Gardin Inn is located next to the Stadium of Light.
NATIONAL GLASS CENTRE
See Glass Being Made, Our amazing daily glass blowing, lathe and flame working demonstrations are free and run throughout the day. View Our Exhibitions – Our world class exhibitions programme presents work by leading glass and ceramics artists. Discover the history of glass making – Discover Sunderland’s rich heritage of glass making with our interactive permanent exhibition. Have a Go – If you want to have a go at creating your own glass artwork – you can! Distance from Hotel – 1 mile.
Stunning views from this 70-foot high folly. On top of Penshaw Hill sits the Earl of Durham’s Monument. Better known as the Penshaw Monument, this 70 foot high folly is a replica of the Temple of Hephaestus in Athens and can be seen for miles around. It is considered to be Wearside’s most beloved landmark, even appearing on the badge of Sunderland Football Club. Distance from Hotel – 6.1 miles.
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 of beautiful coastline from which to choose the best spot.
The golden sands are a sandcastle builders paradise and with lifeguards on duty they’re great for paddling. Just a short walk from the coast is Roker Park. This fantastic traditional park, with play areas, a lake and a miniature railway. Sunderland Illuminations brightens up the seafront every September to November with dazzling displays. Roker Park is the epicentre of all things illuminated with stunning displays throughout the park. Distance from the Hotel – 1.8 Miles.
Explore the 1900s Town and see how families lived and worked in the years leading up to the First World War. See what’s cooking in the pit cottages, practise your handwriting in the school and visit the chapel. Discover how life was on the Home Front during the Second World War. Look out for the Land Girls and the Home Guard. No recreation of the history of North East England would be complete without a colliery and the people who worked and lived around it. Visit beautiful Pockerley Old Hall’s new and old houses and enjoy the magnificent gardens. Take a ride on Pockerley Waggonway and wander through the glorious Georgian landscape. See this railway station as it looked in Edwardian times with its signal box, waiting rooms and goods yard and spot a variety of wagons on display. Beamish Tramway, opened in 1973, serves to re-create the experience and atmosphere of tramway operation from an earlier generation, whilst providing an essential means of transport for visitors around the site. Distance from the Hotel – 14.8 Miles.
The Sunderland Empire Theatre is a large theatre venue located in High Street West in Sunderland, North East England. The theatre, which opened in 1907, is owned by City of Sunderland Council and operated by Ambassador Theatre Group Ltd, on behalf of Sunderland Empire Theatre Trust. The theatre is one of the largest venues in the North East, with 1,860 seats and the capacity to accommodate 2,200 when all standing positions are occupied. Distance from Hotel – 2.3 Miles.