There are many places in the UK that are worth visiting and Sunderland in Tyne and Wear is one of them. Many people do not realise that Sunderland is rich in attractions that will appeal to the whole family. It is important that you know what these attractions are so you can enjoy any time spent in Sunderland.

Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey
One of Sunderland’s most famous attractions is the monastery of Monkwearmouth-Jarrow. This monastery was established by St Benedict Biscop in the Romanesque fashion. This is a wonderful attraction full of history. One of the benefits of going to this attraction is that there is free enter for everyone.

Hylton Castle
Another historical monument in Sunderland is Hylton Castle. This is a UK heritage site which means that it is administered by English Heritage and you will need to pay to see the inside of the castle. The castle is highly decorative and is a very distinct building. It was built as a gate-house tower by Sir William Hylton, a wealthy knight who lived in the many years ago.

The National Glass Centre
If you do not want to look at the heritage sites of Sunderland then you should consider visiting the National Glass Centre. This is a series of exhibition galleries and showrooms where many modern and creative glass works are displayed. The National Glass Centre also offers classes that you can take during the day to learn how to make beautiful glass creations.

The National Parks
There are a lot of natural parks in Sunderland that are ideal for people looking to relax or get in touch with nature for a while. Two of the best known parks are Backhouse Park and Mowbray Park. Backhouse Park is a natural arboretum which houses a large number of different tree species and has some of the largest trees in the city. Mowbray Park is located in the heart of Sunderland and is actually an award winning park.
One of the smaller parks that you can visit is Burn Park. This park is located on the outskirts of the city and has a stream running through the centre of the park. This makes it a very peaceful place to visit and as it is smaller and located outside the city centre there are fewer people visiting.

The Beach
Sunderland does have a number of beaches to offer. These are wide sandy beaches which are different to many of the rock beaches found in England. Some of the beaches in Sunderland include Grangetown, Roker and Sunderland Hendon South. These beaches are located in different areas of the city and outskirts of the city.

There are a lot of different attractions that you can see when you visit Sunderland in Tyne and Wear. There are a number of historical sites that you visit in the city including Monkwearmouth-Jarrow Abbey. There are also a number of different museums and galleries you can visit as well as the parks and beaches if you want to do something outside.