If guests staying at Thistledowne let us know their recommendations either by e-mail or leaving a comment in our guests book then we will gladly add them to this list 

Beamish Open Air Museum You can certainly find more than enough to do for a whole day out at Beamish. Andrew, one of our guests, noted 'we found that following the A183 is the best way to get there'

Seagull City is a good read and is full of interesting facts about Sunderland 

Want to check the Food Hygiene Rating of a restaurant in Sunderland before you book or get a takeaway?

Station Taxis with a base at the railway station strangely enough 

Di Meo's Delaval Ice Cream The handmade ice cream was recommended by one of our guests, Diane. Di Meo's in Whitley Bay also gets good reviews for its pasta and pizzas 

Wear built ships If there is any locally built ship that you wish to find out about this is the place to look 

The Sunderland site is a wonderful place to find out about Sunderland's industrial past 

IG Property Maintenance Just in case you are local and need a handyman, this really is the man to contact! We can highly recommend Ian.

The Salt House Kitchen lovely food, from breakfast to evening meal. Check which days it's open in the evening. Recommended by Thistledowne owners and guest Clare K

The Glass Yard the cafe at the NGC, well worth a visit. Booking advised for Sunday Lunch. Recommended by Thistledowne owners

Colmans Fish and Chips South Shields, award winning fish and chips, recommended by Jane one of our guests.

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Bellini Italian restaurant in Seaburn Dene. Happy Hour when you will find families in the restaurant are Monday-Thursday 12 – 6.45pm and Friday & Saturday 12 – 5.45pm
Really good Italian food which Thistledowne owners recommend. Closes fairly early, it is so popular we recommend booking.

Karbon Grill part of the Hilton Garden Hotel at the Stadium of Light. Main courses are pretty large but tasty. Prices are a little higher than most of the restaurants on here but then it is a Hilton hotel! Recommended by Thistledowne owners

The Snow Goose North Dock, Roker A coffee shop also selling gifts and cards. Recommended by David C, one of our guests.