Tunstall is a pleasant area to live in, with some great green spaces in the vicinity. This is ideal if you have a dog that needs walking, or you like to take an afternoon stroll from time to time. The area to the south of Tunstall is particularly scenic, with plenty of green fields; which feels a world away from the bustle of the city. Alternatively, head over to Backhouse Park (to the north-east of the area), which is an attractive place for a morning jog.
For a night out in Tunstall, there’s the popular Rosedene pub and The Ashbrooke. It’s a converted Georgian mansion with a lovely garden; perfect for warm summer nights after work. You’ll also find a Toby’s Carvery here, which is a good place to head to for Sunday lunch with the family.
Silksworth Sports Complex is only a short distance away. Its star attraction is undoubtedly the outdoor ski slope, though there are two nursery slopes inside for the kids. There’s also a skate park, and football pitches. Sandhill Sports Centre, which is to the west of Tunstall, has a swimming pool and also has a well-equipped gym for locals to use. Ashbrooke Sports Club is another great spot in the area for cricket, rugby, tennis, squash, bowls, hockey and even have their own running club.
The Range is close by, which is regularly visited by shoppers from all over the city. Alternatively, keen shoppers may wish to hop on a bus and travel to Sunderland itself, which has all the major high street stores, plus several great boutique shops. Here, you’ll also find some great attractions and cinemas, libraries and bowling alleys.
There are a few local convenience stores close to Tunstall, which is useful if you need to stock up on essentials. The Spar on Durham Road has all the basics and there’s also Wilson’s Convenience Store, just to the north of the region. There’s also a large Sainsbury’s close by and a Morrisons Daily.
Families will be pleased to know that there are also some good schools in the area. St Leonard’s RC Primary School is popular, as is The Venerable Bede Church of England Academy. There’s also St Aidan's Catholic Academy, St Anthony's Girls' Catholic Academy, St Mary's RC Primary School, Hill View Junior Academy and Argyle House Private School.
Tunstall is also a great option for commuters. The multiple bus stops take travellers to the heart of Sunderland in a matter of minutes. From there, it’s easy to catch the train to Newcastle and Durham.