History



There has been a port on the River Tyne for over 2000 years, and it has served generations from the Romans to modern times. The home of the Venerable Bede and a European centre of learning in medieval times, the Port has always been central to the economy and infrastructure of the North East region.

The heyday of the River Tyne began in the 18th century with the industrial revolution when the North East of England led the way in science and engineering innovation.  Much of the legacy of those extraordinary  times – the piers, lighthouses, the Swing Bridge and the Fishquay - is still under the custodianship of the Port of Tyne.