The city by the sea is packed with exciting things to do and see

Sunderland is a friendly city with a unique history – including links to George Washington, the first president of the USA – and an idyllic coastal location at the mouth of the River Wear. The city itself is packed with culture: museums, galleries, and theatres, but it also offers easy access to the award-winning Blue Flag beaches of Roker and Seaburn as well as countryside, wetlands and nature reserves. This spectacular mix makes it an ideal choice for active retirement living.

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Things to do in Sunderland

If you retire in Sunderland there are a myriad of attractions to discover and the Sunderland Museum, Library & Winter Gardens is a great start. This entertaining museum shares the unusual history of the area and it’s Winter Gardens offers a tropical paradise whatever the weather. 

If you love arts and culture you’re spoilt for choice. Take a trip to the Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art within the National Glass Centre or explore the sculpture trail. Theatre goers will love the Empire Theatre with its famous panto, while the Empire Cinema screens the latest films.  

Sunderland boasts some of the most beautiful public outdoor spaces in the UK, with the ‘jewel’ being the historic Mowbury Park in the city centre, while the iconic Penshaw Monument dominates the views at the spectacular Herrington Country Park. 

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