Bearing the title of city and metropolitan borough, the city of Sunderland forms the local government district in the metropolitan county of Tyne and Wear. The city also forms the historic county of Durham. Placed at the mouth of the River Wear the town missed a mention in the Doomsday Book despite growing into a thriving fishing village. The city was severely affected by the plague, losing half the population. The town soon rebounded, and by the 14th century, Sunderland conducted booming trade in salt and ship making. During the 12th century, Sunderland was presented with a charter to hold a market fair and the year 1643, Sunderland was united into a borough. Mining in the region expanded during the 17th century and the coal trade grew alongside mining expansions. Sunderland was noted as a prime shipbuilding centre during the 18th century and, excelled in the business of pottery and glassware. Service activities, electronics and automotive engineering are the current manufacturing sectors in Sunderland’s economy today.
There are many places to see during your Sunderland car hire. Walk through the impressive Hylton Castle which was built by Sir William Hylton in 1400 as his principal residence. Located in the heart of Sunderland, Keel Square is prominent for its shipbuilding heritage and is a great place to participate in an event. The North East Land Sea and Air Museum will thrill anyone with a passion for aeroplanes as it houses an extensive collection of aircraft. Climb up to Penshaw Hill for a look at the much loved Penshaw Monument and stunning views over the city. Find your car hire in Barnes, Doxford, Hendon, Millfield, Pallion and other regions in the borough.