Once a murky, industrial city prior to the 1970s, Sunderland has been made over into a rather flashy and youthful college town with a pulsing urban nightlife and fashionable streets. Along the seafront is Seaburn Strip, which is packed with classy Italian, Thai and Indian restaurants, as well as stylish cafés and atmospheric pubs. The bars in Sunderland are open every night, and the alcohol is reactively cheap as they cater to a college crowd.
- Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
- Sunderland Glass Centre
- Herrington Country Park
- Watch a Broadway show at Empire Theatre
- See a football game at the Stadium of Light
- Sunbathe at the Roker and Seaburn beaches
Sunderland has fairly mild weather with low temperatures and plenty of rain year round. Summer highs peak at 19°C, and the months of June through August receive 12-15 cm of rain monthly. December through February are cold months with lows around 2-3°C, and November is the wettest month with 20 cm of rain.
Getting There & Around
The Durham Tees Valley, Newcastle International Airport and the Sunderland Central train station all service Sunderland, making travel from anywhere in the UK or overseas quite easy. If you prefer to drive, you will access the town using the A1(M) and A1 highways.
You can get around Sunderland cheaply using a city bus or taxi in town. The city has an extensive bicycle lane network as well.
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