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Location: Ryhope Rd, Sunderland SR2 2EF

Backhouse Park is a urban public park located in between Ashbrooke and Hendon to the South of Sunderland City Centre.

The park has a natural valley type shape which has been carved out by the stream known as the Hendon Burn, which traditionally made its way into the North Sea at what is now Sunderland docks.

Prior to urbanization, this gave the area a romantic appearance and during the 19th century it bore the name “The Valley of Love”.

As the area around it urbanized, the park itself came into being in 1922 after the land was sold by its owner Thomas William Backhouse, who’s name it is derived from. It hosts a variety of botanical and wildlife, including wild parakeets.

The park is an excellent choice for a daytime walk or relaxation, reflecting the leafy and pleasant atmosphere of this area of Sunderland

Nearby Amenities: The Rosedene (Pub)