City Beach (Sunderland)

City Beach (Sunderland) - Tyne and Wear
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This small section of sandy, urban beach is found on the south side of Roker Pier, in Sunderland. The beach is sheltered by the pier and a sea wall to the south, beyond which is the harbour where the River Wear enters the sea. 

City beach is backed by two large car parks and a promenade.  There is a fish and chip shop, and cafes can also be found along the promenade.

On the south bank of the River Wear are Sunderland Docks. It is possible to walk along the pier to the distinctive red-and-white-striped lighthouse that has stood here since 1903.
Every July, a large, international air show is organised in Roker, immediately to the north of the beach.

Type of beach

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

We do not have information on this beach but restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

Tyne and Wear dog friendly beaches »

Nearest town




OS grid ref.

NZ 4090 5873

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City Beach (Sunderland) Reviews

One of two beaches well worth a visit Roker beach

Jun 01st 2020

Roker beach is fantastic, close to the marina and lighthouse, get a good walk up to and beyond Seaburn beach. Swimming (weather permitting), fishing, surfing or paddling ???? there’s something for everyone.