Flights to Sunderland
Sunderland is a city in Tyne and Wear, north east England. This former industrial city has worked hard to change its image in more recent years, adding culture and architecture to its list of attractions.
For a flight to Sunderland you’ll be arriving at Newcastle International Airport (airport code: NCL) and you can be in Sunderland by metro in less than an hour. Both British Airways and Virgin Atlantic have 1-stop flights to Sunderland from South Africa by going through London, and KLM will have a connection in Amsterdam. If you want to fly with Lufthansa, you’ll have to make 2 stops in Frankfurt and then again in Dusseldorf. Most flights to Sunderland are around 15 hours long, but can be as long as 25 depending on the route and the airline.
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The Tourist Attractions of Sunderland:
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
Sunderland’s top visitor attraction is the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Founded in 1846 the museum has long been a part of Sunderland’s culture, and is reputed to be the most visited museum in the UK outside of London. At the museum you’ll be whisked back in time to witness an entertaining look at the history of the city, while in the Winter Gardens you can view the sub-tropical environment where there are plants from around the world.
The National Glass Centre
Sunderland’s National Glass Centre is another popular attraction and it celebrates the city’s long association with glass making. The centre is both a venue and an attraction with a museum with exhibits relating to glass making and science. In honour of the glass industry the building is constructed from glass and steel and features quirky attractions like a glass roof that you can walk on and look down into the building from.
In the North Hylton suburb of Sunderland are the ruins of Hylton Castle. Originally built a little while after 1066 and constructed of wood, Hylton Castle was rebuilt in stone around the end of the 14th and beginning of the 15th centuries. Today only part of the castle remains and it’s set within attractive grounds.
Herrington Country Park
To the south of the city of Sunderland is the Herrington area. In the 19th century this was a booming coal mining area, and one of the open cast coal mines has now been redeveloped into a country park with wildlife conservation area. You can visit throughout the year or coincide your visit with one of the annual events that take place here such as the North East Motor Show or the Durham County Show.
When Should You Visit?:
Summers, and in particular July, is usually the best time to visit Sunderland. The weather is warm during the summer and there’s less rainfall from May to July than the rest of the year. July’s average high is around 20C. Autumn is mild but with more rainfall in autumn, and less sunshine hours, this isn’t the best time to visit. Winters in Sunderland are cool, but fairly dull. The average high in January is around 6C.