Things to Do as a Family in Sunderland 

There are so many fun, family friendly things to see and do in Sunderland, the biggest challenge will be fitting them all in during your stay. Located by the sea and surrounded by beautiful beaches and countryside, this city offers you the best of both worlds. Convenient transport links makes exploring easy, even with a family in tow, so you can have fun, learn new things, and discover a different part of the region together.


Roker Park, Pier and Lighthouse ·

Roker Pier, Sunderland, SR6 9NB

A visit to the beach is the perfect way to please the whole family and Sunderland’s award winning Roker beach is sure to impress. Surrounded by attractions you’ll find a model railway, a boating lake, gardens, parks and a marine activities centre. Ensure that you also visit the iconic, Grade II listed Roker Pier and Lighthouse which dates back to 1903, when it was hailed a ‘triumph of engineering’


Hylton Castle ·

Craigavon Road, Sunderland, SR5 3PA

For an exciting family sight-seeing trip, step back in time with a visit to Hylton Castle, which was built before 1400 by Sir William Hylton. Tourists are attracted from far and wide to view this spectacular castle and its grounds. As Sunderland second oldest building you are sure to uncover intriguing tales and stories and you may even come across the castles very own ghost, the ‘Cauld Lad’.


Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope ·

Silksworth Lane, Sunderland, SR3 1PD

For an action packed day of outdoor family fun, try Silksworth Sports Complex & Ski Slope. Enjoy winter sports at any time of year with the 165 metre dry ski slope for snowboarding, skiing and tubing. There are also 2 outdoor nursery ski slopes on-site, especially for the little ones. With an adventure playground, 2 fishing lakes, football pitches and a picnic area, there’s something for everyone to ensure a lovely family day out for all


Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light Tour ·

Stadium of Light, Sunderland, SR5 1SU

A tour of Sunderland AFC’s Stadium of Light is a great idea for a family day out. See behind the scenes of a professional football club and you’ll even get to walk through the tunnel. Discover more about Sunderland’s history as well as the club and gain an insight into the region’s passionate sporting tradition. Whether fanatical about football or not, young or only young at heart, you are sure to enjoy this fun filled, unforgettable experience.