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A City of real opportunity.

Sunderland is a city with a difference - a modern, bustling centre that is balanced with a relaxing green environment and an award-winning coastline.
This fast-rising city is a prime location for investment.

this is Sunderland

Sunderland Facts...

  • Sunderland is the biggest city in the North East of England, having the largest population of any centre between Leeds and Edinburgh.
  • Sunderland has a population of 280,600 (63% being of working age). The city is located at the heart of a region that is home to more than 2.5 million people.
  • The draft Sunderland Local Housing Market assessment estimates an 11% increase in the number of households in the city by 2022
  • Using GVA as a measure of economic growth, the Sunderland economy is growing and GVA per capita levels are increasing at higher rates than both the north east region and nationally.
  • The last five years alone have seen the city attract more than 9,000 new jobs and investment totalling £1.5 billion. Read on
This is Sunderland

Sunderland is home to some of the most visited cultural attractions in the country.

Did you know...

  • Sunderland boasts stunning, award-winning beaches, parks and nature reserves, which also play host to a number of popular, annual outdoor events including the Sunderland Airshow – the largest in Europe – and the International Friendship and Kite Festival, which hosts a spectacular programme of national and international artists from all over the world.
  • Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens is home to 2,000 of the world's most exotic flowers, plants and trees and was voted Britain’s top tourism attraction outside London at the Excellence for England Awards 2004.
  • The Anglo-Saxon church of St Peter's at Monkwearmouth is one of the UK's first stone built churches, built in 674AD. Together with its twin monastery, St Paul's in Jarrow, St Peter's has been short-listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
  • Following a £4.5million refurbishment in 2005, the Sunderland Empire is now the only theatre between Manchester and Edinburgh capable of staging large West End productions. Nearby is also the critically acclaimed Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art and one of the oldest municipal parks in the North East, Mowbray Park.
  • Sunderland’s new £20m Aquatic Centre is home to the North East’s only Olympic-sized swimming pool. It has already been shortlisted as a potential training camp for the 2012 Olympics and Paralympics.

For more information visit www.visitsunderland.com

Sunderland ina new Light


As it aims to become one of the best places to live in the UK, Sunderland is building a new image for itself, an image that reflects its green environment, its light and airy location by the sea, its technological revolution and its smarter attitude to city living.