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Sightseeing in Sunderland - what to see. Complete travel guide

Sunderland is one of those old good provincial towns of England. It is located on the North Sea coast and belongs to the Tyne and Wear County. According to historians, first settlers here were Anglo-Saxons, who built Wearmouth-Jarrow monastery near the town. The fragments of the monastery can be seen in the suburbs of the town even nowadays.
The development of the town as an industrial region, which was not only a trading center, but also a port, started in the 14th century. Here started developing such industries as chemical, automotive, electronics, and shipbuilding.
Hilton Castle is an undoubted attraction of the town. The castle was the official residence of the Hiltons until 1746. Later the building was turned into a parish school. Built in 1066, the castle was initially made of wood. In the beginning of XV century it was completely reconstructed in stone. In the XIX century the castle’s design acquired the traits of the Gothic Revival style with its amazing frescoes on the facade depicting the heraldic arms of the former owners. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
Among other important monuments of the town are Museum of History of Sunderland, Imperial Theatre, opened in 1907, a winter garden with unusual plants, the northern city gallery and art center, as well as National Exhibition of glass that works here from 1998.
Sunderland. In the surrounding area of Durham is located a beautiful cathedral. It was built in 1093. Initially, it was dedicated to St. Cuthbert, one of the most revered saints in England. Nowadays, the ancient temple is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is considered a unique monument of the Norman era. From the moment of construction, the temple maintained its original appearance almost completely. Many unique religious shrines, including the cross of St. Cuthbert, dated to the 7th century, are kept within its walls. Today, part of the cathedral is a small museum dedicated to the patron saint.
Guests of the city will have an opportunity to visit Taynmut castle located in a picturesque area, at a stone cape. The first official mention of this castle dates back to the second half of the 11th century. Earlier, there located a monastery. Its ruins can still be seen today. Although a significant part of the millennial constructions has long been in ruins, the historical monument is still of great interest and value. On its territory, are the tombs of several kings.
In the vicinity of the city, you'll find some beautiful national parks, which will be of interest to all lovers of nature. Many great hiking trails pass through the territory of the Mowbray Park, which is famous for its rare plants, and the abundance of centuries-old trees. Squirrels have chosen those trees as home. Tourists and local residents with children especially prefer this place.
Amateurs of evening strolls can enjoy elegant Wyrmouth bridge. It looks particularly glamorous after dark. The graceful bridge is decorated with spectacular illumination. It was built some hundred years ago and retained part of the ancient stone elements.
An important religious monument is the Church of the Holy Trinity. Now, it is of great interest from an architectural point of view. This church is one of the few ancient buildings in the city, which maintained its pristine appearance. It has old design elements, a beautiful altar, and a wall painting. Thanks to the ancient clock tower, the church is one of the most recognizable historical monuments in the city.

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Reference information
Map of all castles
Survived castles around Sunderland
♥   Castle 'Hylton Castle' , 4 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Tynemouth Castle' , 12 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Lumley Castle' , 12.7 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Grosmont Castle' , 13 km from the center. On the map   Photo
♥   Castle 'Callaly Castle' , 13.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo
Map of all parks
National and city parks around Sunderland
♥   Regional Park 'Stones Country' , 56.1 km from the center. On the map   Photo

Sights around Sunderland from our guide 'Extreme places on Earth'

Alnwick Castle

From the series “Amazing Ancient Fortresses Preserved to This Day”
Over the past few years, Alnwick has attracted more tourists than it did 10 years ago. One reason for this is his brilliant 'film career'. The unique castle served as a prototype of the fictitious Hogwarts Castle where the young spell was learning Harry Potter. Today, fans of the film come to the castle to stroll along the green meadows or to organize the picnic in the shade of hundred-year-old trees. In the summer many interesting attractions are offered in the garden near the castle. … Read further

Alnwick Garden Treehouse

From the series “Ubelievable Residential Houses Residing on Trees”
The founders of the beautiful modern park are the Duke and the Duchess of Northumberland. They ordered the construction of a huge house on trees. Currently, one of its main attractions is a restaurant, which can accommodate up to 120 guests at a time. It is often used for celebrations and banquets. Also visitors of the unusual sight will have an opportunity to relax in a cosy bar and stroll around the surrounding bridges, from which it is very convenient to admire the panorama of the surroundings. … Read further
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