Mowbray Park or the ‘People’s Park’ is one of England’s oldest public parks. This delightful ‘jewel in the crown’ also features an Alice in Wonderland themed play area.
This extensive park is home to mature trees and plants from around the world, along with a large picturesque lake complete with ducks to feed. The newly rebuilt Winter Gardens are on one side of the park and home to Café Eden if you fancy a snack on the terrace.
There’s a host of interesting statues to view here too, many commemorating local heroes. Make sure to check out a sculpture of The Walrus commemorating Lewis Carroll’s link with Sunderland, situated by the lake.
You can also view the exhibits in the Winter Gardens Museum, detailing Sunderland’s fascinating transition from prehistory to the present. Or listen to a tune performed at the bandstand while chilling out, ice-cream in hand, on one of the many grassy areas.
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How to get here
Nearest train station: Sunderland
Distance from train station: 0.1 miles, 3 min walk
Mowbray Park, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR1 1PP
0191 520 5550
The gardens are centrally located and are served by city centre bus routes and Metro
What to know before you go
Park opening times vary throughout the year, but are normally from dawn until dusk. For details please contact the Park Rangers
There is level access at all entrances to the park except from the Civic Centre bridge
Toilets, baby changing, coffee shop