Welcome to Roker Pier

For over a hundred years, Roker Pier & Lighthouse has protected the entrance into Sunderland's harbour with the pier, and distinctive red and grey granite hoops of the lighthouse, as one of the City's most iconic landmarks.

Built between 1885 and 1903 when Sunderland was a major British port, Roker Pier & Lighthouse represented a ‘triumph of engineering’ by Henry Hay Wake, with the logistics of building the striking landmark resulting in solutions ahead of their time.

In 2012, extensive restoration of the pier, tunnel and lighthouse began funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sunderland City Council. Later this year the tunnel and lighthouse will be opened to the public for guided tours for the first time in the structure’s history.

Restoration

Restoration

In 2012, a programme of extensive restoration began with Sunderland City Council investing £1.35 million to conserve the lantern house and pier deck. Following this work, a ...

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Volunteering with us is an invaluable way of engaging with local heritage, learning more about the history of Roker & Seaburn and preserving the legacy of Sunderland's rich ...

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Travel through history

Historical Timeline

In 1717 The River Wear Commissioners were founded to preside over Sunderland's growing prosperity as a port. The River Wear Commissioners and a succession of eminent engineers ...

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