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Welcome to Roker Pier Tours

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.

Roker Pier Tours are responsible for tours of the tunnel and lighthouse only and have no control over the pier openings or closures.

The tunnel and lighthouse are now open to the public for the first time in the structure’s history via guided tours lead by volunteers within the Sunderland Sea Front Trust. If you would like to learn more about the history of lighthouse with your own tour, the booking page is here.

Updated date: 20.04.18 15:57
Updated date: 18.05.18 15:39



In 2012, a programme of extensive restoration began on Roker Pier & Lighthouse, a Grade II listed structure which had fallen into disrepair after decades of not being used. ...

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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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