Sunderland City Council - Living in the area

Sunderland is a city by the sea, situated on the North East coast, surrounded by beautiful beaches and easy access to the countryside.

It’s a short drive from two international airports, offers direct rail access to London and is less than twenty minutes drive from Durham and Newcastle.

Sunderland is home to around 280,000 residents, living in around 60 neighbourhoods.

The city is a rich source of world-changing social and industrial history. The electric light bulb, mass production of glass and mining and railway development all have their origins in Sunderland, which was also a global centre for shipbuilding.

Instead of building ships, the city is now home to the UKs largest motor manufacturer, Nissan, who export from Sunderland to over 45 world markets.

The city also has a growing cultural scene, with Sunderland Empire theatre attracting high-profile West End productions, and the National Glass Centre, Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens and Northern Gallery of Contemporary Art all close to the city centre.

Sunderland is one of the few cities in the UK to be on the coast. With a river running through it and sandy beaches to enjoy, residents and visitors can experience a wide range of attractions at the coast, including cycle and sculpture trails, a marina, water sports and more.

Wherever you’re coming from, Sunderland is an easy city to reach, and you’ll discover a place – and people – which will make you feel at home.
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Sunderland City Council
City Hall
Plater Way
0191 5611755