"Sittin' on the dock of the bay"


Roker is a tourist resort and affluent area of Sunderland, North East England, bounded on the south by the River Wear and Monkwearmouth, on the east by the North Sea, to the west by Fulwell and on the north by Seaburn. It is administered as part of the City of Sunderland.

The majority of the houses in Roker are terraced or semi-detached. Further west, to the part bordering Fulwell, are cul-de-sacs with semi-detached bungalows, these being owned mainly by members of Roker's sizeable elderly population. Roker was known worldwide for being home to Roker Park, home of Sunderland A.F.C. for ninety-nine years until 1997.

In addition to Seaburn seafront, the coast at Roker seafront plays host to Sunderland International Airshow, the biggest free airshow in Europe, which takes place each year, usually over the last weekend in July.

On the site of Sunderland AFC's former stadium is a small housing estate, its street names all being references to the football club (Clockstand Close, Goalmouth Close, etc.). The streets in between Roker Baths Road and Roker Avenue are all named after members of William Ewart Gladstone's cabinet (Gladstone, Hartington, Forster, Bright, Stansfield, and so on). On Roker Terrace (Roker's main street) are exclusive apartments and hotels which overlook the seafront.

Local authority: Sunderland City Council

OS Grid Reference: NZ407588

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Things to see and do in and around Roker

  • Roker Park
  • St Andrew's Parish Church
  • National Glass Centre
  • St Peters' Church
  • Fulwell Windmill
  • Sunderland Stadium of Light Tour
  • Sunderland Aquatic Centre
  • Laser Quest Sunderland
  • Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens
  • Sunderland Climbing Centre
  • Empire Theatre
  • Rosebud Ceramics
  • Sunderland Wall
  • Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle
  • Riverside Bowling
  • The Leas
  • Castledown Fun Factory
  • Ryhope Engines Museum
  • North East Aircraft Museum
  • Wacky Warehouse - Story Book
  • Planetarium South Tyneside College

Tourist Information

Tourist Information Centre
City Library & Arts Centre
Tyne and Wear

Phone 0191 553 2000
Email tourist.info@sunderland.gov.uk

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Forecast for Sunday 19 August


Chance of rain 76%
Max temp. 17°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 7mph.
Pressure 1011
Humidity 90%
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Chance of rain 43%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 17°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1011
Humidity 87%
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Chance of rain 11%
Max temp. 20°C
(feels like 18°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1012
Humidity 82%
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Chance of rain 29%
Max temp. 18°C
(feels like 16°C)
Wind 4mph, gusting to 6mph.
Pressure 1014
Humidity 86%
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Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 16°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 3mph, gusting to 5mph.
Pressure 1016
Humidity 86%
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Chance of rain 5%
Max temp. 15°C
(feels like 14°C)
Wind 2mph, gusting to 3mph.
Pressure 1018
Humidity 87%
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