Destination guide

Head to the friendly city of Sunderland

The area's museums and theater scene are just a few of the reasons to vacation in Sunderland. Well known for its seaside, bars and beaches, this welcoming city won't disappoint. Washington Old Hall and Blue Reef Aquarium are just a couple of the must-sees in the area. Are you looking for specific amenities for your getaway? Many of our vacation rentals feature full kitchens and laundry facilities.


Activities and attractions in Sunderland

Do you want to discover attractions to see in the area? Venture out of your cozy vacation rental and experience everything that makes Sunderland a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Blue Reef Aquarium (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Karting North East (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Sharpley Golf Club (4.4 mi / 7.1 km)
  • Houghton le Spring Golf Club (5.2 mi / 8.4 km)
  • Wet 'n' Wild Water Park (6.9 mi / 11.2 km)
  • Birtley Golf Club (7.6 mi / 12.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Sunderland

Sunderland is famous for its beautiful ocean views and pristine beaches. Whether you're looking for exciting outdoor activities or just want to appreciate the scenery, Sunderland is a great place to get out in nature. These are some of the area's noteworthy features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Herrington Country Park (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • WWT Washington Wetland Centre (4.3 mi / 6.9 km)
  • Marsden Rock Bird Reserve (5.3 mi / 8.6 km)
  • Rainton Meadows Visitor Centre (6.8 mi / 11 km)
  • Longsands Beach (8.6 mi / 13.8 km)
  • Saltwell Park (9.2 mi / 14.8 km)
How to get there

Transportation to and around Sunderland

Fly into Newcastle (NCL-Newcastle Intl.), the closest airport, located 15.9 mi (25.5 km) from the city center. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you can also fly into Durham (MME-Tees Valley), which is 27.4 mi (44 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, you can make your way to Sunderland Station. It's easy to get around Sunderland by catching a ride on the metro at Park Lane Station, St. Peter's Station or University Station.

Where to stay around Sunderland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 380 vacation rentals near Sunderland. From 42 Cottages to 92 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Sunderland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Sunderland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Sunderland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art: 469 vacation rentals
  • Souter Point Lighthouse: 464 vacation rentals
  • Sunderland Station: 470 vacation rentals
  • Stadium of Light: 487 vacation rentals
  • Ryhope Engines Museum: 472 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Sunderland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Cottages in Sunderland?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 42 Cottages in Sunderland. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Sunderland include:

  • Houses: 92 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 238 rentals available
  • Bungalows: 42 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Cabins and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Sunderland?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 5 vacation rentals with pool available in Sunderland. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.