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Sunderland

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Sunderland is a city in the North East (England). A former coal-mining, ship-building industrial town, Sunderland has undergone a transformation in the last few decades and has worked hard to shake-off the grim image it often inspired. The banks of the River Wear, at one time covered in shipyards, is now adorned with expensive apartment blocks, the National Glass Centre, and the impressive Stadium of Light. The creation of the University of Sunderland in 1992 has helped to turn Sunderland into a young, vibrant city with a great nightlife.

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By Air

Newcastle International Airport is approximately 20 miles north of Sunderland. Taxi fares cost on average £30 to the centre of Sunderland. Alternatively, the Tyne and Wear Metro joins the airport to the rest of the network, including Sunderland. Journey will take approximately 1 hour (Green line) and depending on the time of day and ticket you get, should cost between £3-5.

By Train

Sunderland does not have a station on the mainline rail services; travellers will have to change at Newcastle Central Station, or get off the train at Durham and travel into Sunderland by bus 222 which operates from 6am to 11pm. The Trans-Pennine trains from Liverpool terminate at Sunderland however, and North East coastal trains travelling between Middlesbrough and Newcastle normally stop there.

The Tyne and Wear Metro was recently extended into Sunderland and there are a number of stops. Travelling from Newcastle, disembark at either Sunderland Station or the Park Lane Interchange Metro stations for the city centre.

By car

From South (A1):
Leave the A1 at the A690 (Durham) junction and head East toward Sunderland along the A690. At the A19 roundabout, continue on the A690 for South or central Sunderland. For North Sunderland (e.g. Stadium of Light, Seaburn), head north up the A19 to the A1231 (Wessington Way) junction, turn off the A19 then head East into Sunderland.

From North (A1):
Pass the Angel of the North heading south along the A1. Leave at the Washington Services slip-road. Follow the road on through Washington onto the A1231. At the A19 roundabout, head straight on for North Sunderland. For South or central Sunderland, turn South onto the A19 and take the first turn-off. Head East (Chester Road) into Sunderland.

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