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What to see by foot: Sunderland

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Sunderland's city centre is somewhat lacking in famous architectural heritage, however there are recently revamped areas which make wandering the streets a pleasant experience, particularly along the Riverside region.

The city's highlight is the modern Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. The Museum and Art Gallery depict the region's social history through fascinating exhibitions and displays and even venture into lost worlds, while the spectacular Winter Gardens is an amazing glass and steel structure that creates an environment where exotic many plants thrive.

Another interesting attraction is the National Glass Centre, which celebrates Sunderland's place in the history of glass and provides a world focus for today's best glass makers.

There are several fascinating riverside walks, including the River Wear Trail, which follows the course of the river for 15 miles, the Coalfield Way, a nine mile circular walk around Hetton. Families will love the central Mowbray Park, which has fantastic features such as the Ornamental Lake, Victorian Lawns, Rose Arbours and the Bronze Walrus. There is also an amazing children's play area and special Historical and Botanical Tours of the park operate during the summer.

Surrounding the city are a number of distinctive landmarks. The Monument on Penshaw Hill dates from 1844 and was designed in the form of the Greek temple of Theseus. There are magnificent views of the city and the River Wear. Also overlooking Sunderland is Fulwell Mill, a windmill built in 1821, one of the few remaining examples of its kind in Britain. It is constructed of magnesium limestone and visitors can enjoy guided tours of the mill and see it in operation. Back down at river level is the dramatic 19th century Victorian Viaduct, a Sunderland icon.

On the coast just three miles from the city centre are the seaside resorts of Seaburn and Roker. With golden sands, the rugged cliffs and rocks to the north and south, both towns feature a full range of quality amenities. Additionally, Roker boasts the stunning St Andrew's Church, while Seaburn delights tourists with its amazing Seaburn Centre and Marine Activities Centre, as well as a host of other amusement attractions.

Away from the city, Hylton Castle is a superb early 15th century castle. It is in the shape of an enormous gatehouse or rectangular tower, and was designed for comfort rather than defence. There is a fine array of medieval heraldry, particularly on the west front and east face, and on the nearby St. Catherine's chapel.

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