Virtual Tours

Welcome to our new virtual tours page!

We know that not everyone can come to see us in person. Our virtual tours are intended to ensure that as many people as possible have the opportunity to experience a visit.

If you are planning to visit in person, it’s also sometimes helpful to be able to look around in advance in order to plan your visit…and after your visit to return and revisit your favourite parts!

We will be adding to this page over the coming months, so please check back or follow us on social media for more virtual tours.

  • Winter Gardens

    This amazing glass and steel structure surrounds a world of plants in miniature. Come and experience a garden for all seasons, and discover the plants that feed, clothe and protect us in our daily lives.

    Sunderland’s original Winter Gardens opened in 1879. Badly damaged during the Second World War the Winter Gardens were eventually demolished. A successful bid to replace the Gardens was made to the Heritage Lottery Fund in 1997 and on 21st July 2001 the new Winter Gardens opened to the public.

    Today the Winter Gardens reflect different climate zones from around the world. Changes in location, temperature and levels of moisture within the gardens create conditions which can support a huge variety of plants. Some 1500 plants of over 100 different species grow together under the same roof, despite their widely different origins.

    This virtual tour has been produced by Art Matters Now on behalf of Sunderland Culture.

  • F Pit

    To celebrate 2020’s Heritage Open Days, we did things a little bit differently and produced a new way for you to explore one of Sunderland’s historic buildings – Washington F Pit!

    Washington F Pit Museum is a former engine house in Washington which is owned and managed by Sunderland City Council. It usually opens in September for Heritage Open Days but this year will remain closed due to Covid 19 restrictions. Instead a new 360° virtual tour will allow visitors to explore Washington F Pit from the comfort of their own living rooms. We hope you enjoy discovering more about Washington’s industrial heritage.

    This virtual tour has been produced by Art Matters Now on behalf of Sunderland Culture. Washington F Pit is owned and managed by Sunderland City Council.

    To learn even more about Washington ‘F’ Pit visit: www.seeitdoitsunderland.co.uk/washington-f-pit