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Helping to celebrate the very best of what Tyne and Wear has to offer, the Port of Tyne is once again opening to the public Newcastle's Swing Bridge and Tynemouth Lighthouse as part of Heritage Open Days on 6 September.

The Port of Tyne is expecting an influx of visitors to both attractions, with the Swing Bridge tours already fully booked, and only a few places remaining for Tynemouth Lighthouse.

Heritage Open Days offer the public the rare opportunity to explore parts of their local history, architecture and culture they would not normally have the chance to access, and all entirely free of charge.

Both locations have played a significant part in Tyne and Wear's rich history, and the Port of Tyne is keen to open them as part of its ongoing commitment to the community.

Built as we know it today between the years 1873 - 1876, Newcastle's Swing Bridge is in fact the fourth bridge to operate on the same site of the Tyne, the first of which was built in 120 AD by Emperor Hadrian, while Tynemouth Lighthouse was completed in 1896 and is still operational today.

The Port of Tyne has been involved in the open days for many years, annually opening the Swing Bridge and allowing visitors into its motor, pump and engine rooms as part of an exciting and free tour.

Only more recently has Tynemouth Lighthouse been part of the open day programme, opening its doors to the public in 2008 following a renovation; the first time the general public have been able to set foot in the building for one hundred years.

Visitors can enjoy spectacular views from the top of the lighthouse out to sea and over Tynemouth experiencing an informative tour.

This year's tours run between 6th and 9th September. Those interested in booking tours at Tynemouth Lighthouse must do so in advance through North Tyneside's separate tourist information centres.


For more information please contact Sarah Piggett, Marketing & Communications Intern

Tel: 0191 455 2671


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