Heritage Sites

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.

Some of these sites are open to the public during Heritage Open Days in September each year.  Visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk for more information or contact heritage@portoftyne.co.uk

Photo of Swing Bridge

Swing Bridge

One of the industrial wonders of the Victorian age, the Swing Bridge connecting Newcastle and Gateshead was a product of the visionary engineering genius Lord Armstrong.

Photo of The Tyne's Piers

The Tyne's Piers

Built to shelter the mouth of the Tyne from the full force of the sea and prevent ship wrecks, the Tyne’s two piers, Tynemouth Pier on the North bank and South Shields, on the South bank are familiar landmarks.

Photo of Tyne Lighthouses

Tyne Lighthouses

The River Tyne has three fully functional lighthouses supporting safe navigation for shipping. One is on Tynemouth Pier, one on South Shields Pier and the third is the Herd Groyne lighthouse at South Shields.