Sunderland is a city with a difference - a modern, bustling centre that is balanced with a relaxing green environment, stunning coastal scenery and a refreshing attitude to life.
In Sunderland, quality of life and quality of environment go hand in hand. The rapidly improving city centre has an enviable location, set right on the mouth of the River Wear next to a beautiful coastline and surrounded by easily accessible countryside. Add to that a range of outstanding heritage, cultural and sporting attractions and you'll find that Sunderland has everything you need for an ideal short break.
The Sunderland Empire Theatre is the only theatre between Leeds and Edinburgh large enough to host major West End shows.
St Peters Church, together with St Paulís church in Jarrow, is to be the UKís nomination for UNESCO World Heritage Site status in 2010.
The award winning Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens is another must-see attraction in Sunderland, where the museum tells the cityís story from its early foundations to the present day accompanied by the stunning indoor winter gardens, boasting over 2,000 tropical flowers and plants.
For the energetic types, the Sunderland Wall and Silksworth Sports Complex offer climbing, skiing and snowboarding while the Marine Activities Centre, located close to the beautiful coastline, boasts facilities for windsurfers and kayakers.
So, whether you're after relaxation, invigoration or both, Sunderland's distinctive mix of city, coast and countryside with its varying attractions will definitely be a breath of fresh air.