Charles Church


Sunderland and Tyne & Wear come hand in hand. The city gives Newcastle-upon-Tyne and South Shields a run for their money. It’s big on business and industry, big on character and the city’s beloved Sunderland AFC has a big League One reputation. As with the other large cities in Tyne and Wear, Sunderland grew up around shipbuilding. It’s got a proud history and heritage, an amazing coastline, great people and it’s a great choice for a new home.

Living in Sunderland

Living here

Today’s Sunderland is a key industrial player in the North East. That means great transport links and the benefits of investment and regeneration as the city has moved away from the traditional industries of its past. None of the legendary Geordie character has been lost along the way and wherever you go, people are friendly and welcoming. There are excellent local and city amenities for all the family.

Getting around

The main A roads into the city link with the A1(M) which is the driving force of the North East. The A690 heads right across the city and the A19, A1231 and A1018 all cross the River Wear, as does the B1539. The A1018 is the coastal route, heading south towards Seaham. The Nexus Tyne and Wear Metro provides frequent train services to Newcastle-upon-Tyne as a very good alternative to commuting by car, and Stagecoach bus services are an excellent local option.

The coast

It’s not often that a big city and a lovely coast go together. Sunderland has got some fantastic sandy beaches for family days out. Close to home you can choose between Sunderland Beach Front, Hendon Beach and Ryhope Cliffs & Beach. Head a bit further afield and there are even more lovely places, at Seaburn to the north and Seaham to the south.