Sunderland is a city of 177,000 people situated on the north east coast at the mouth of the river Wear. An industrial city that was once famous for coal, ship building and rope making Sunderland is going through something of a rennaisance.
With it’s rapidly improving city centre and its award winning beaches, Sunderland is creating a new image offering a distinctive mix of city, coast and countryside.
The city offers the visitor the choice of several art and culture attractions such as the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, The National Glass Centre, The Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and the world famous and recently refurbished Sunderland Empire Theatre.
It is also the end of the C2C cycle ride and that is celebrated by dipping the front wheel of the bike into the North Sea on Roker beach. There are numerous hotels, guest houses and B&Bs in and around Sunderland with tastes to suit all pockets.
However if you want to stay local after completing the route or if indeed you are contemplating the route east to west then there are several good local options in Roker and Seaburn.