Farringdon is not a mundane council estate, but a historical area that has been inhabited over 700 years. Here at Farnton.org we are committed to changing the way people think, understand and feel about the place and its surroundings. As a result, we are encouraging you to explore the area, as well as the larger Farringdon-Silksworth Heritage Trail, announced in 2021.
Places of Interest
What’s to see in Farringdon and the surrounding areas? If you are looking for a scenic day out, then the adjacent Silksworth Park to the area’s North East is an excellent choice. Built on the site of a former colliery, the park consists now of two artificial lakes, rolling green hills, forests and beautiful wildlife including swans. In addition to that, one also may trace the route of the former Hetton Colliery Railway. Situated in between Farringdon and Gilley Law in a single footpath known locally as “The Line”- this route once hosted one of the oldest commercial railways in history, designed by George Stephenson.
On a historical note one may contemplate the history of the Farringdon estate by visiting and walking along the site of the former hall, hamlet and farm situated on Anthony Road, which our first blue plaque was installed on in late 2021. We promise there are more changes to come. Observe how a settlement dating back to the 14th century was once centered upon this area and how the remnants of medieval and agricultural life have been morphed into a modern housing state.
In addition, don’t miss out on hospitality. The Dolphin Pub and Hotel, located on Avonmouth Road, has won Sunderland’s Pub of the Year award 5 times in a row.
Farringdon is easily accessible via a number of bus routes from Sunderland City Centre which take no longer than 15 minutes, as well as longer journeys from the City of Durham and South Shields. The Number 20 GoNorthEast bus to and from Sunderland passes through the top of the suburb on the A690 Durham Road. With Stagecoach buses, the Number 4 bus passes up through the A690. The 13 passes through Allendale road en route to Doxford Park, whilst the Number 3 also heads up Allendale road and terminates at Antwerp Road at the top of the Suburb.