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Sunderland car rental enables visitors to get around this northern city with ease...
Sitting on the banks of the River Wear, it's sometimes hard to believe that Sunderland was once a gritty, industrial city - heavily dependent on coal mining, the coal trade and ship building - and black with smog and grime. Today the polished glass buildings, refurbished shipyards and the Stadium of Light stand as evidence of the huge but thoughtful redevelopment of the area.
There's much to explore in and around Sunderland and having a hire car at your disposal means that it is easy to see the sights, wherever you are staying.
Consider a trip to the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens. Take in the stunningly modern structure and then tour the museum, which travels from Sunderland's prehistoric past to its strikingly-fresh present, before seeing a superb collection in the art gallery and touring the gardens, where thousands of flowers and plants put nature on the map in the city centre. The National Glass Centre will also captivate you for a few hours.
Football fans are dazzled by the Stadium of Light, which sits on the edge of the Wear. Home to Sunderland AFC, the venue also hosts music concerts. Look out for the mining lamp near the entrance to remind visitors of both the mining past and the bright future of the city.
Pick up your rental car at one of the downtown locations in central Sunderland. To find the best deals on car hire, use the price-comparison tool on TravelSupermarket.
When you book car hire, Sunderland is not only a city break destination, it's also a base from which to discover the north east...
It's easy to pack up the family and set out for the day when you've got a set of wheels to rely on. But where will you go?
On bright sunny days you can join the locals who flock to Roker Beach, which is only a 10-minute drive from central Sunderland. There are plenty of other traditional seaside spots along this coastline too, so pack your sense of adventure as well as the children's buckets and spades. South Shields is one of the most popular beaches and it can be reached within 25 minutes by road from Sunderland.
Newcastle upon Tyne is also close by (a 30-minute drive). With a deserved reputation for party nights and a loyal fan base at St James' Park - home of Newcastle United Football Club - you can be certain of having a good time in Newcastle. On your way back from the city you should consider stopping to take a closer look at Antony Gormley's incredible Angel of the North sculpture, which stands tall over the land and welcomes visitors to the area.
Nature lovers should make a beeline for the Wildfowl and Wetland Trust's Washington Wetland Centre, just 15 minutes from Sunderland by road. There are family activities to be enjoyed among this stunning haven for wildlife, where you can see flamingos, otters, herons, cranes and many other species. For more of a rainy day nature-based sojourn, drive to Tynemouth in North Shields and visit the Blue Reef Aquarium. It will take you 30 minutes to get here from Sunderland, but you've got a day's worth of animal magic that is guaranteed to entertain the entire family.