Sunderland in a Hire Motorhome or Campervan


With a bustling and modern centre, Sunderland is a place of rejuvenation, outstanding heritage, top-class cultural attractions, a stunning coastline and easily-accessible countryside.


Taking you through the history of the city from pre-historic times to present day, the Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is an award-winning attraction which has lots of hands-on exhibits and a collection of paintings by LS Lowry who described Sunderland as his second home.

Together with St Paul’s church in nearby Jarrow, the twin monastery of Wearmouth-Jarrow was the UK’s nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2011. St Peters Church was built in 674AD and you can still see in-situ original carved decorations on its tower and west wall.

And, there’s plenty to do for energetic types. Sunderland Wall and Silksworth Sports Complex give you the chance to try climbing, skiing and snowboarding. Both located on the striking Roker coastline, the North East Diving Academy and Adventure Sunderland have facilities for divers, kayakers and windsurfers.


The city’s retail heart is centred around The Bridges Shopping Centre where you’ll find more than 100 high street names lining bright, airy walkways. There are also little independents dotted around Sunderland’s Victorian streets along with gift and craft shops. Sunderland is also renowned for its glassware and is home to the National Glass Centre, where you can find out about the art of glass blowing before picking something up in the shop.


You’ll find everything from pub grub to little tea rooms, international cuisine to traditional British fare in Sunderland. Borneo Bistro serves up something a little different, billing itself as “one of a kind”. Dishes on the menu include Malaysian, Filipino, Thai, Chinese and African food.

D’Acqua offers delicious French cuisine in a sophisticated dining room and prides itself on using local suppliers wherever possible. Laidback soul and jazz evenings take place every Wednesday.


Sunderland has been attracting all the big names of late to the city’s football ground. Stars to play at The Stadium of Light include Take That and Pink.

The Sunderland Empire Theatre, which dates back to 1907, is the only theatre between Leeds and Edinburgh which is big enough to host the major West End shows. Highlights have included Dirty Dancing, Dreamboats and Petticoats, and Blood Brothers.

The city also has an impressive events programme. The Red Arrows are the star attraction at the Sunderland International Airshow, which takes place in July. There are outdoor movies at the Sunderland Festival and fireworks and a traditional roast ox at the Houghton Feast, an ancient festival held every October in nearby Houghton-le-Spring.


Sunderland makes a great place to base yourself in your hire campervan. You can easily see the rest of the delights of the North East, from its magnificent cities Newcastle and Durham to its stunning coastline.


The reason why you can’t take out life insurance for children is partly due to tragic events in the city. During the 1800s Mary Anne Cotton, a resident of Sunderland, murdered six of her own children to claim the insurance.

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