Sunderland, England, United Kingdom: What to pack, what to wear, and when to go [2022]

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Traveling to Sunderland, England, United Kingdom? Sunderland is a port city that was once known as the largest shipbuilding port in the world.

Although it has lost some of its former glory, there is still a wealth of things to see and do there.

If you're planning to go to Sunderland, the following is some important information about when to go, what to wear, and what to pack.

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About your travel guide

Hi! I'm Dev. I've traveled all over the world and in my travels, I have made many packing lists. In this series, my team and I have compiled the most useful information, as well as things we couldn't live without, to help you plan your trip.

When to go to Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

The best time to go to Sunderland is either July or August. In July, you can see the world-renowned air show.

There is a kite festival that occurs over the summer as well, although dates vary by year. See below for details.

Important essentials for Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Here are some general tips on what to wear in Sunderland, as well as several items to remember to pack when traveling there.

IMPORTANT COVID-19 ESSENTIALS

Other health necessities


  • Travel first aid kit

    This one is a superb choice.


  • Emergency rapid COVID-19 test

    U.S. residents can get them free here. Otherwise, you can buy them here.


  • Emergency motion sickness relief

Don't forget these

 

Activities for Sunderland, England, United Kingdom

Here are some activity recommendations and activity-specific packing tips for Sunderland.

The lovely Sunderland Minster (Church of St. Michaels and All Angels) was built around 940 AD, and has undergone reconstruction and name changes. It is a beautiful church, which you shouldn't miss. When you go, it's worthwhile to wear modest clothing:

If you go to Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens, expect to see a few rarities, like the only gliding reptile in Britain, as well as one of the nicest gardens in the region. The Winter Gardens have more than 2000 plants, which are definitely worthy of a few hours. Note that the museum is closed on Sunday, and it sometimes has irregular hours, so it's worth checking their website before going.

The scenic lift is also not working, so you will be walking a lot, and these are a must:


  • Small portable cooler

    Save money on drinks with this portable cooler.


  • Ultralight day pack

    Like this, so you don't have to lug around a heavy suitcase.


  • Good hiking shoes

    These are designed for this kind of walking, and can breathe and can get wet


  • Binoculars

    Like these

If you are a fan of football, you should definitely check out the Monkwearmouth Station Museum (now known as Fans Museum). The times and events at the museum vary quite a bit, so give them a call before heading out. This is a free museum, so when you go, wear your favorite football clothing and take:

We also recommend these top tours near Sunderland.


  • Newcastle Castle

    This gorgeous medieval castle used to protect the city. Now it's a great place to visit -- although make sure to book your tickets in advance. There are several buildings on the grounds with stories to tell, so a good guide can make this castle come alive again.

    Check out the tour options


  • York Minster

    The famous York Minster is on of the world's most beautiful cathedrals. It's worth a quick detour from Sunderland.

    Check out the tour options


  • Alnwick Castle

    Alnwick Castle is one of the largest still-inhabited castles in the UK. A good guide brings the 700 year history to life.

    Check out the tour options


  • The Shambles

    The Shambles is a beautiful area of half-timbered buildings in a pedestrian-only area. This is a great change of pace from Sunderland. Do something different, such as a "Bloody Tour", put on by actors who bring the past to life.

    Check out the tour options


  • Aysgarth Falls

    For a natural excursion, see the beauty of Aysgarth Falls, a great place to hike and experience the beauty of the outdoors.

    Check out the tour options

 

 

What to wear/what to pack for Sunderland, England, United Kingdom by month

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January

January in Sunderland can be very chilly and somewhat rainy. The average overnight temperatures in the area are in the 30s F (single digits C). It tends to rain regularly. It also snows occasionally. But the colder weather doesn't bring low humidity, which is in the 80% to 90% range on average.

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February

If you visit Sunderland during February, you are likely to see that it can be very chilly. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 70 and 80% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow once in a while.

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March

If you vacation in Sunderland during March, you will probably see that it is cold. Temperatures tend to hover around the high 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain a bit less than half of the time.

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April

Traveling to Sunderland in April, you will notice that it is cold. Expect it to rain about a third of the time. Daytime temperatures are in the low 50s F (low 10s C).

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May

May in Sunderland is cold and somewhat hazy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the low 50s F (single digits C) to 50s F (low 10s C).

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June

If you visit Sunderland during June, you may notice that it is cool and somewhat hazy. Temperatures tend to hover around the low 60s F (mid 10s C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the low 50s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 60 and 70% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain 5-10 days this month.

What to wear/what to pack:

July

July for Sunderland is chilly. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains a bit less than half of the time. The Sutherland Air Show occurs this month, so it's a great time to go.

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August

August here is somewhat rainy. Temperatures average in the 60s F (high 10s C) during the day. It rains regularly, but if you're lucky you can see the International Kite Festival.

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September

In September, Sunderland is relatively cool. Temperatures routinely are in the low 60s F (mid 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the low 50s F (low 10s C). This is also a rainy time for Sunderland, with a few of the days of the month having rain. In September, humidity reaches as high as 70%.

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October

In October, Sunderland is crisp and somewhat rainy. Temperatures routinely are in the 50s F (low 10s C) range. At night, lows are in the 40s F (single digits C). This is also a rainy time for Sunderland, with several of the days of the month having rain. In October, humidity reaches as high as 80%.

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November

November in Sunderland is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. The rain can amount to several inches/centimeters. During this time, temperatures average in the 40s F (single digits C) to high 40s F (single digits C), although night temperatures can dip into the low 30s F (single digits C).

What to wear/what to pack:

December

If you visit Sunderland during December, you may notice that it is pretty cool and somewhat rainy. Temperatures tend to hover around the 40s F (single digits C) during the day, while at night they can dip into the high 30s F (single digits C). Humidity is generally between 80 and 90% during the day. In terms of precipitation, you can expect it to rain about a third of the time and snow sometimes.

What to wear/what to pack:

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