Walks in Sunderland

Walks in Sunderland

Alexander Iles

A cultivated array of walks and cultural spaces to visit, with nods to local history, sporting events, landmarks and heritage.

Discover our top picks

  • 1. Mowbray Park

    Mowbray Park
    Mowbery Park

    Mowbray Park, Burdon Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 1PP - Visit now

    In the heart of Sunderland is Mowbray Park – one of the oldest parks in the North East of England. This beautiful park is wonderfully Victorian, being carefully designed to allow for a pleasant walk and fresh air in the centre of the city, while showing you plans from across the world.

  • 2. Barnes Park

    Barnes Park

    Barnes Park, Barnes Park Road, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR4 7QA - Visit now

    Considered one of the most popular parks in Sunderland and one of the best walks to experience in the city, Barnes Park is just under two miles long providing a lot of space for people to enjoy.

  • 3. Roker Park

    Roker Park

    Roker Park, Park Parade, Roker, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 9PF - Visit now

    Roker Park started as Sunderland Association Football Club’s stadium from the club’s founding in 1898 to 1997 when it was demolished and the club moved to the Stadium of Light. The park today has pleasant walks beside creatively planted flower beds awash with colour.

  • 4. Roker Beach

    Roker Beach

    Roker Beach, Roker Pier, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 9NB - Visit now

    Rocker Beach is a part of Sunderland’s beautiful coastline which provides one of the best locations to relax and play next to the city.

  • 5. The Secret Garden – Doxford Park

    Doxford Park

    The Secret Garden – Doxford Park, Secret Garden, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR3 2SS - Visit now

    Doxford Park has a long history with human habitation back to the stone age, though the name of Silkworth comes from a Scandinavian Chief Silki who settled the land and created a community there a ‘worth’.

  • 6. Thompson Park, Sunderland

    Thompson Park

    Thompson Park, Sunderland, Newcastle Road, Southwick, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR5 1PL - Visit now

    Thompson Park in Sunderland provides a local area for sport in the city. If you are looking for outdoor exercise from tennis to bowling, then Thompson Park can provide it.

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead
Exhibitions 26 June 2021–20 March 2022, FREE

Sutapa Biswas: Lumen at BALTIC, Gateshead

Sutapa Biswas’ major solo show explores the artist’s role in illuminating the imperialist structures that still exist within British society.

Sir Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland
Exhibitions 24 July–25 September 2021, FREE

Sir Antony Gormley: Field for the British Isles at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art, Sunderland

A 40,000 strong army descends on Sunderland; catch Sir Antony Gormley’s iconic Field for the British Isles at Northern Gallery for Contemporary Art.

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