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Sunderland

Not many cities can boast a beautiful coastline and a modern, bustling centre but Sunderland can. Add to that a range of outstanding heritage, cultural and sporting attractions and you'll find a city that has everything you need for a short break.

You'll never be short of things to see or do. Take in a show at the Empire Theatre, pay a visit to St Peters Church, former home to one of Europe's great scholars the Venerable Bede or spend some time at the award winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. If you're itching to expend some energy, the Sunderland Wall offers complete novices the chance to get to grips with rock climbing and whatever the weather you can ski, snowboard and snow-tube at the all year round dry ski slope at Silksworth Sports Complex. Alternatively, head down to the Stadium of Light and watch Sunderland AFC compete in the Barclays Premier League.

The city's green spaces and magnificent coastline also make an ideal stage for a number of exhilarating outdoor festivals and events. From the adrenaline rush of the Red Arrows at the Sunderland International Airshow, to live music from some of the biggest artists around at the Split Festival, to traditional ox roasting and fireworks at Houghton Feast.

Sunderland has well-connected cycle paths and is one of the easiest and most enjoyable cities to ride around. The well signposted and maintained cycle paths will connect you to many of Sunderland's top attractions and takes you to places where you can observe some of the most wonderful scenery the North East has to offer.

Head out of the city centre to the historic town of Washington, which has stood since at least Anglo Saxon times. Where once coal was loaded by the ton, you will now find breathtaking views of the countryside and fascinating history and heritage attractions, including the impressive Washington Old Hall, where five generations of George Washington's ancestors once lived. Take a walk up-hill to Penshaw Monument, built in 1844 and modelled on the Temple of Theseus in Athens, where during the summer months the National Trust open the secret staircase in one of the pillars and you can climb right up to the top. You can also experience wonderful wildlife up close and have a great family day out as you discover 45 hectares of stunning wetlands and woodland on the River Wear at Washington Wetland Centre.

Many of the city's attractions are free and all offer a great family day out, packed with fun. Come and experience this surprising city by the sea!

Plan your trip now to Sunderland now. Visit www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk for more information.

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