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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.

Other parks to explore in the North

Peasholm Park - Scarborough 

Moses Gate Country Park - Bolton

Other activities in this area

Northern Gallery for Contemporary Arts - Sunderland 

Empire Theatre - Sunderland 


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

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