New Homes in Sunderland
New Homes in Sunderland
Welcome to Sunderland
From shopping centres to parks, beaches and museums, Sunderland is a city that’s full of top attractions and amenities, along with great transport links to nearby towns and cities. Located in Tyne and Wear just a short distance from Newcastle and Durham, a new home in Sunderland could tick all the right boxes for you and your family.
A quick history
Sunderland dates right back to the Stone Age, with the discovery of hunter gatherer artefacts in the local area. There were settlements in Sunderland during Anglo-Saxon times, and the monastery founded on the river later became modern-day Monkwearmouth. In 731, Bede completed his now-famous history book at a local monastery, which was the first of its kind in England.
During the Middle Ages, shipbuilding and salt making became important industries in Sunderland. By the 18th century, Monkwearmouth, Bishopwearmouth and Sunderland combined to make what is now the modern-day city. In 1831, Indian cholera reached Sunderland, eventually spreading across the country and killing tens of thousands.
At the time of the First World War, Sunderland became a target due to its shipbuilding industry. The area was also targeted during the Second World War, and the town was badly damaged by German air raids. Sunderland officially became a city in 1992.
Business and industry
Although industry in Sunderland is traditionally centred around shipbuilding and coal mining, today there is a diverse range of businesses in the city, with one of the biggest employers being car manufacturer Nissan. Other employers in the area include CitiGroup, EDF Energy, Arriva, Littlewoods and Nike UK.
Things to do in the area
Sunderland is home to a wide range of attractions, from Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, to the National Glass Centre, Mowbray Park and Sunderland Minster. If you enjoy a little retail therapy, you can go shopping at the Bridges Shopping Centre or Park Lane Shopping Village, before enjoying one of the many events at Keel Square.
If you want a breath of fresh air, you can walk along the sands at Roker and Seaburn Beaches, explore Durham Heritage Coast or visit Hylton Castle. Sports fans can cheer on Sunderland football team at the Stadium of Light, while other attractions in the city include Gravity Force trampoline park, Sunderland Empire Theatre and Sunniside Leisure Complex which has a cinema, restaurants and a casino.
Travel and commuting
Sunderland is well-connected by road, rail and metro, ideal if you’re commuting for work or travelling to meet friends and family. The city is around 35 minutes away from Newcastle by car depending on traffic, 30 minutes by Metrolink tram or just 15 minutes by train, while the drive to Durham takes around 35 minutes. If you’re going to Edinburgh, the journey takes two hours 55 minutes by car or just two hours 5 minutes by train, with one change in Newcastle.
Travelling further afield, the train journey to London from Sunderland takes three hours 50 minutes with one change in Newcastle. When it’s holiday time, Newcastle International Airport is a 40-minute drive away, or 55 minutes on the metro, while Durham Tees Valley Airport is also close by.