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After its £4million revamp, the Empire Theatre is
now the only place to see West End shows between Manchester
Sunderland is one of the "world's most intelligent" cities,
achieving international recognition for outstanding achievements
in information technology.
Sunderland is one of the "coolest" places in the
country, according to top music mag NME.
Not only is Sunderland a the friendly place, it is the most
giving city in the UK according to charity research.
The Boxing Day charity dip is the biggest of its kind in
Europe as 1,000 hardy souls dash into the icy North Sea.
Sunderland University's Sir Tom Cowie Campus was highlighted
as one of the UK's top campuses with a "wow" factor.
Sunderland International Airshow is the biggest free vent
of its kind in Northern Europe, attracting more than one
million visitors to the seafront each year.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens houses 1,500 exotic
and unusual plans and was voted best large visitor attraction
Sunderland is the home of the first stained glass making
in Britain, and now has the only UK centre celebrating a millennium
of glass making.
Built of magnesium limestone from local quarries in 1821,
Fulwell Mill is the most complete windmill in the North
Originally built in 1796, Wearmouth Bridge was the largest
single-span cast iron bridge in the world and one of the
engineering wonders of its time.
Since it opened in 1999, Park Lane has become the second
busiest bus station in the country, with an estimated 750,000
By size of area and population, with about 300,000 residents,
Sunderland is officially the biggest city between Leeds
The mythical Lambton Worm of Wearside folklore grew into
a huge dragon which needed the milk of nine cows daily to satisfy
Sunderland is blooming brilliant and has won the Entente
Florale European Gold Award - the Champions League equivalent
Sunderland has one of the longest beach areas within its
boundaries of any English city.
On the banks of the River Wear, Webster's Ropery was the
world's oldest patent ropeworks and supplied rigging for the
From the works of Christian scholar The Venerable Bede, Sunderland
is recognized worldwide as the birthplace of the English
language and the cradle of learning.
Based on the Greek Temple of Theseus, Penshaw Monument stands
70ft high and was built in 1844 for the first Earl of Durham.
Wearside is one of the most productive automotive centres
in Europe and one in every five cars produced in Britain
The first shipbuilding was recorded on the River Wear in
1346, and in its heyday Sunderland was the biggest and finest
town in the world.