A magnificent Victorian steam engine, engine house and headgear are preserved as a monument to Washington's coalmining heritage that reaches back over 250 years. Washington 'F' Pit is open seasonally and admission is free.
Albany Way, Washington, NE37 1BJ
0191 553 2323
Washington Old Hall is a charming 17th Century manor house, which still has some remnants of the original 12th Century dwelling that was home to the direct ancestors of the first President of the United States, George Washington. Restored to its original Jacobean condition, the Hall houses a treasure trove of George Washington memorabilia whilst the beautiful gardens are well worth a visit.
The Avenue, Washington Village NE38 7LE
0191 416 6879
The wetlands provides a 'stop over' and wintering habitat for migratory waterbirds after their passage over the North Sea and is home to exotic birds, amazing insects and beautiful wild scenery. Set in 45 hectares of stunning wetland and woodland on the River Wear, Washington Wetland Centre is one of the North East's biggest conservation success stories.
Pattinson, Washington, Tyne and Wear NE38 8LE
0191 416 5454
The Arts Centre Washington is a vibrant and exciting focus for arts activities offering a theatre, gallery, artists' studios, recording studio, licensed bar, rehearsal rooms and function rooms. It boasts a year round programme of arts activities includes exhibitions, theatre, dance, music, festivals, classes and workshops for all ages
Biddick Lane, Fatfield, Washington, NE38 8AB
0191 219 3455
National Glass Centre aims to present a thought provoking, exciting and adventurous programme of exhibitions and houses and glass-making facilities, Craft and Design shop, café/restaurant and function suites, located in an innovative contemporary glass and steel building on the banks of the River Wear.
Liberty Way, Sunderland SR6 0GL
0191 515 5555
Designed by Thomas Moore of Sunderland and opened in 1848, the station was the Sunderland terminus for trains from Gateshead and Newcastle. It closed in 1967 and was bought by the Corporation for conversion into a museum. It features the original booking office, transport displays and local history and children can watch Metro trains pass through.
North Bridge St, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 1AP
0191 567 7075
Football is something of a religion in the North East and the 49,000 seat Stadium of Light could almost be considered its cathedral. The home of Sunderland AFC, it is widely regarded as one of the best football stadia in Europe. Positioned high on the banks of the River Wear the stadium is also one of the city's major landmarks. Conducted tours are available all year round and as well as Premier League home games, the stadium hosts concerts by some of the world’s leading bands.
Sunderland SR5 1SU
0871 911 1200
One of the North East's most prominent landmarks, Penshaw Monument was built in 1844 in honour of the first Earl of Durham, John George Lambton. Modelled on the Thesion, the Temple of Theseus in Athens, Penshaw stands magnificently above the city on a limestone hill with spectacular views as far afield as Durham Cathedral and the North Pennines.
Closest to the city, Roker is an ideal place for water sports with its own the Marine Activities Centre with Seaburn further north offering the wide stretch of golden sand. These award winning beaches and their nearby parks also play host to a number of Sunderland's annual outdoor events, including the annual international airshow.
Sunderland Resorts Office, Marine Walk, Roker, Sunderland SR6 0PL
0191 553 2828
The Sunderland Empire is the North East's largest theatre and is the only theatre between Leeds and Edinburgh large enough to host major West End shows. Opened in 1907, the theatre boasts splendid examples of Edwardian architecture.
High Street West, Sunderland SR1 3EX
0844 871 3022
The award winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is a must-see attraction, where the museum tells the city’s story from its early foundations to the present day accompanied by the stunning indoor winter gardens.
The Winter Gardens stimulate the senses with over 2,000 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty. Together they create a unique city-centre attraction perfect for the young and old and admission is free!
Burdon Road, Sunderland SR1 1PP
0191 553 2323