Tyne Theatre and Opera House
The Tyne Theatre and Opera House is a grand, Grade-I listed building dating back to 1867. Though its programme has changed with the times, the theatre remains an intriguing relic of the UK’s dramatic history, with its original Victorian auditorium and wooden machinery still intact. Today, it hosts a wide range of popular productions, including comedy, musicals, ballet, and contemporary concerts.
Boasting gorgeous beaches and surrounding countryside, intriguing museums and galleries, and great places to eat and drink, Sunderland is an often-overlooked gem of the East Midlands. Its cultural staples include the Sunderland Empire Theatre, the Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, and the national Glass Centre. With great transport links to Newcastle and surrounding settlements, and a programme of popular family-friendly events through the year, Sunderland makes a great base for those exploring the area.
Explore Hylton Castle
Though Sunderland has many strong links to its past, Hylton Castle is certainly its most well-known historical site. This imposing, decorative gatehouse was commissioned by Sir William Hylton, a nobleman of the late 14th century. The ruins are still adorned with various pieces of heraldry from the Hyltons and other wealthy families of the time, including Richard II’s White Hart insignia.
Planning a trip to the Tyne Theatre and Opera House? Travelodge Newcastle Quayside Hotel is a 10-minute drive away, as is Travelodge Newcastle Central Hotel.