• Over 150 Years
    of History

    The Museum is based on the Ryhope Pumping Station which was built in 1868 to supply water to the Sunderland area. The station ceased operation in 1967 - after 100 years of continuous use.

  • The Past
    & Present

    The Museum is now regarded as one of the finest single industrial monuments in the North East of England, it is both a Grade II* listed building and an Ancient Scheduled Monument.

  • See The Museum Come to Life;
    A Living Victorian Waterworks

    Although the station no longer pumps water, the two 100 horsepower beam engines are kept in working order by volunteer members of the Ryhope Engines Trust, and 'steamed' periodically for the benefit of our visitors.

Plan Your Visit

The museum is open as a static exhibit every Sunday afternoon 14.00 – 17.00 between Easter until the end of December.

The Museum is open between 11.00 – 16.00 each day when in steam.

Find Us Easily

Ryhope Engines Museum is located just off the B1522, three miles south of Sunderland city centre.
Next to Hopewood Park Hospital, and is signposted from several points in Ryhope village.

Ryhope Engines Museum
Waterworks Road
Ryhope, Sunderland



There is plenty of free parking on the site.

Local Heritage

Ryhope Pumping Station has been a local icon ever since its construction. The Station and Site supplied water to Sunderland and its environs, after its decommissioning, the building and the surrounding site brings the community together through local history

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