The City of Sunderland   is a local government district of Tyne and Wear, in North East England, with the status of a City status in the United Kingdom and metropolitan borough. It is named after its largest settlement, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, but covers a far larger area which includes the towns of Hetton-le-Hole, Houghton-le-Spring, Washington, Tyne and Wear, and a range of suburban villages
 
The district was formed in 1974 as the Metropolitan Borough of Sunderland as part of the provisions of the Local Government Act 1972 and is an Amalgamation (politics) of four former local government districts of County Durham. It was granted city status in 1992, the 40th anniversary of the Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom accession. The city had a population of 280,807 at the time of the 2001 census, with the majority of the population (177,739) residing in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear.

Why visit?

  • Sunderland is home to some stunning coastline, with miles of sandy beaches and stunning views. Take a stroll along the beach, or explore the nearby nature reserves and enjoy the fresh sea air.
  • Located in the heart of Sunderland, the National Glass Centre is a great place to learn about the history of glassmaking in the area. With a range of exhibitions and activities, it's a great day out for all the family.
  • Home to Sunderland AFC, the Stadium of Light is a must-visit for any football fan. Take a tour of the stadium and learn about the history of the club, or catch a match and experience the atmosphere of a live game.