Sunderland is a city with a difference. A modern, bustling centre that is balanced with a relaxing green environment, stunning coastal scenery and a refreshing attitude to life.

The rapidly improving city centre has an enviable location, set right on the mouth of the River Wear next to an award-winning coastline and surrounded by easily accessible countryside. Add to that a range of outstanding heritage, cultural and sporting attractions and you'll find that Sunderland has everything you need.

St Peters Church, together with St Paul's church in Jarrow, was the UK's nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2010.
The award winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is another must-see attraction in Sunderland, where the museum tells the city's story from its early foundations to the present day accompanied by the stunning indoor winter gardens, boasting over 2,000 tropical flowers and plants.

So, whether you're after relaxation, invigoration or both, Sunderland's distinctive mix of city, coast and countryside with its varying attractions will definitely be a breath of fresh air.

Washington, on the outskirts of Sunderland, includes attractions such as the Wetland Centre and Washington Old Hall. The family home of George Washington's ancestors and the present structure does incorporate small parts of the medieval home in which they lived. American Independence Day is marked each year in a ceremony at Washington Old Hall.

Washington Wetland Trust 0191 4165454
Sunderland Football Club 0191 5515000
Glass Centre 0191 5155555
Bedes World 0191 5673726
Souter Lighthouse 0191 529 3161
Washington Old Hall 0191 4166879
Empire Theatre 0191 5142517