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Sunderland

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Specialty Museums · Beaches · Parks
Sunderland is a city at the centre of the City of Sunderland metropolitan borough, in Tyne and Wear, North East England, 10 miles southeast of Newcastle upon Tyne, 12 miles northeast of Durham, 101 miles southeast of Edinburgh and 240 miles north of London. It is a coastal city at the mouth of the River Wear with beaches at Roker and Seaburn. The etymology of Sunderland is derived from "sundered land", meaning land "sundered", or set aside for a special purpose, from those belonging to the monastery at Monkwearmouth.Historically in County Durham, there were three original settlements on the site of modern-day Sunderland. On the north side of the river, Monkwearmouth was settled in 674 when Benedict Biscop founded the Monkwearmouth–Jarrow Abbey. Opposite the monastery on the south bank, Bishopwearmouth was founded in 930. A small fishing village called Sunderland, located toward the mouth of the river (modern day East End) was granted a charter in 1179.
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Beach
Roker & Seaburn Beaches
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Specialty Museum
National Glass Centre
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Duration: 2h 30 min
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Park
Herrington Country Park
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Side trips from Sunderland

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World heritage site
Durham Cathedral Durham
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Beamish Museum Beamish
4.6
Duration: 6 hours
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Wildlife Area
National Centre for Birds of Prey Helmsley
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
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Specialty Museum
The Bowes Museum Barnard Castle
4.4
Duration: 4 hours

Hidden gems in Sunderland

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Lighthouse
Souter Lighthouse and The Leas
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Military Museum
North East Land, Sea and Air Museum
4.1
Duration: 2h 30 min
Biking Trail
St Peter's Sculpture Trail
4.8
Duration: 1h 30 min
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Art Gallery
Rosebud Ceramics
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Parks in Sunderland

Park
Roker Park Conservation Area
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Hetton Lyons Country Park
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Duration: 2 hours
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Park
Mowbray Park
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Playground
Barnes Park
3.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Museums in Sunderland

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Specialty Museum
Ryhope Engines Museum
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
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Specialty Museum
Monkwearmouth Station Museum
4.2
Duration: 2 hours
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History Museum
Sunderland Maritime Heritage
4.4
Duration: 30 minutes
Specialty Museum
Fans Museum
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Duration: 4 hours

Historic Sites in Sunderland

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Church
St Peter's Church
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Church
St Andrew's Church
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Duration: 2 hours
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Castle
Hylton Castle
3.1
Duration: 2 hours

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