Mowbray Park is one of the oldest parks in the North East of England and provides plenty to do especially if you are a Lewis Carroll fan.

Mowbray park offers rest and relaxation, is home to many events and has plenty of things to see and do for the whole family.

Originally known as the People's Park it opened in 1857 with a grand procession attended by thousands.

Mowbray Park is home to many of the monuments celebrating and commemorating Sunderland's history including Jack Crawford, the Victoria Hall disaster and Lewis Carroll's Walrus.

Described as 'the jewel in the crown of the city centre...' the park is bordered by the Sunderland Museum and the more recently constructed Winter Gardens.

During the 1990s, the park was restored to its former Victorian glory, the lake restored, and a children's play area built with a Lewis Carroll's Alice stories theme. The Winter Gardens were also rebuilt after the original Winter Gardens were destroyed in the 1940s when a German parachute mine landed nearby shattering the glass.

When the park re-opened in 2000 it was soon recognised by English Heritage as a park of special historic interest, as one of the oldest public parks in the North East and an integral part of the heritage and daily life of the city centre.

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View from the lakeside at Mowbray Park

Mowbray Victoria Hall Memorial


The Victoria Hall Memorial which was erected to commemorate the calamity which took place in the Victoria Hall in Sunderland on Saturday 16th June 1883 where 183 children in between the age of 3 and 14, were crushed to death in a stampede.

 Statue of Henry Havelock (1795-1857)


The statue of Henry Havelock who was born at Ford Hall was a British general who was particularly associated with India . He was noted for his recapture of Cawpore from rebels during Indian Rebellion of 1857 is positioned at the top of building Hill (together with two replica cannons used at the siege of Lucklow).

 Statue of Jack Crawford (1775-1831)

Jack Crawford was a sailor of the Royal Navy known as the "Hero of Camperdown". At the battle of Camperdown (11th October 1797) Venerable was Admiral Duncan's flagship. During the battle, part of the ships mast was felled including the admiral's flag. Lowering the flag was a sign of surrender and despite being under intense gunfire, Crawford climbed the mast and nailed the colours to the top.

 Statue of John Candlish (1816-1874)


In 1848, Candlish John Candlish was born near Bellingham and moved to Sunderland when he was a young boy. Apprenticed to a draper at the age of 14, but became editor of the Sunderland Beacon at the age of 26. He then started a bottle-making business at Seaham and made his fortune supplying bottles to exporters of food to the colonies. He was elected as Liberal councillor in 1848, Mayor in 1858 and Member of Parliament in 1866.