Sunderland, located in Tyne and Wear, was once a coal-mining town. In the last few years the town has changed dramatically and it now has much to offer visitors. In the early 1990s, the University of Sunderland was established and as a result, visitors will now find Sunderland is home to a vibrant nightlife. Sights to see while in town include Herrington Country Park as well as Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Sunderland Glass Centre is a popular attraction in town as well. There are plenty of dining, shopping and accommodation options in town to choose from.
The English city of Sunderland is located within the area of Tyne and Wear. The city of Sunderland was once a county borough however it now forms part of the City of Sunderland and it is located at the mouth of the River Wear.
The city of Sunderland was once part of the County Durham and at one time there was actually three settlements that were located on the area that is now Sunderland. Over the years Sunderland has grown as a port for the trading of salt and coal. A person that is born or lives within the city of Sunderland are commonly referred to as Mackem.
The city of Sunderland was once a primary location for heavy industries however over the years these have declined and they have been replaced by chemical, electronic, motor and paper manufacturing. The town is now home to one of the Nissan car plants.
During the 1990's and since then the Tyne and Wear area has undergone massive regeneration and this has created more housing, business centres and retail park. The regeneration has mainly taken place on sites that were once used for shipbuilding. The university of Sunderland has also built a new campus, which is housed on the site that is known as St Peters.
Sunderland was first developed during 1835 and at this time it was a municipal borough that was known as County Durham. Under the 1888 act that the local government had the city was granted status as a county borough.