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

12.06am 16 October 2021
12.03am 16 October 2021
9.03am 30 September 2021
3.11pm 28 September 2021
1.24am 26 September 2021
5.59am 24 September 2021
7.45pm 17 September 2021
5.26pm 17 September 2021
9.40pm 16 September 2021
12.31pm 7 September 2021
1.34pm 6 September 2021
5.36pm 5 September 2021
12.16am 30 August 2021
3.38pm 22 August 2021
6.55am 22 August 2021
2.12pm 17 August 2021
2.12pm 17 August 2021
5.35am 15 August 2021
4.19pm 14 August 2021
11.22am 13 August 2021

Today's weather

11°C Overcast
Min: 6°C Max: 11°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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