RNLI shops, museums and the College will open as Government guidance allows. Lifeboat stations remain operational but are not open to visitors.

RNLI Sunderland Lifeboat Station

Sunderland Lifeboat Station

Sunderland is the oldest lifeboat station, celebrating over 200 years as a station. The first experimental motor lifeboat in the RNLI’s fleet operated from here and today the station has two inshore lifeboats – an Atlantic 85 and a D class.
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Latest lifeboat launch

Recent launches from Sunderland Lifeboat Station

7.32am 17 January 2022
6.10pm 12 January 2022
2.25am 7 January 2022
9.28am 11 December 2021
11.51am 21 November 2021
8.09am 28 October 2021
6.42am 26 October 2021
5.58pm 24 October 2021
4.11pm 24 October 2021
3.46pm 24 October 2021
5.11pm 22 October 2021
4.58pm 22 October 2021
4.56pm 22 October 2021
4.55pm 22 October 2021
4.52pm 22 October 2021
7.20pm 21 October 2021
7.19pm 21 October 2021
11.39pm 17 October 2021
11.36pm 17 October 2021
1.26am 4 October 2021

Today's weather

10°C Sunshine
Min: 4°C Max: 10°C
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Visitor information and facilities

Station address

Sunderland Lifeboat Station
Marine Activity Centre
North Dock
Tyne & Wear
SR6 0PW 

Station phone number

01915 673536


Parking, disabled parking, disabled access 

Visiting times

9am–12pm Sunday or 7pm–9pm Tuesday
Groups by appointment only
Don't miss: crew training 7pm Tuesday and 9am Sunday

Visitor contact

Jayne Ingham

Visitor contact phone number

07801 099303

Shop hours

February-Mid December
Monday 10am-1pm
Tuesday-Friday 10am-4pm

Shop phone number

01915 674395

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Launching the D Class lifeboat at Sunderland
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