Heritage sites opening doors

The Tyne north pier.
The Tyne north pier.

DOZENS of visitor attractions in North Tyneside will take part in this year’s Heritage Open Days in September.

The annual long weekend takes place between September 8 and 11, with many sites – some not normally open to the public – offering free entry.

Included in this year’s list is the North Pier Lighthouse at the mouth of the river Tyne.

The foundation stones of the Pier were laid in 1854 and lighthouse built soon after.

The lighthouse viewing is by booking only at North Shields Tourist Information Centre on (0191) 200 5895 or e-mail ticns@northtyneside.gov.uk

English Heritage planning director Carol Pyrah said: “Heritage Open Days is a unique event.

“For four days attractions open their doors and everyone is free to explore.

“An army of volunteers welcome the public to an array of fascinating buildings.

“It is these volunteers, and the places they celebrate that are the lifeblood of our heritage.”

Another highlight in North Tyneside is the Friends of Tynemouth Station’s guided tours with talks about the station’s history and future, along with a visit to the Bridge Art Gallery.

For information call (0191) 643 7413.

New for this year will see Whitley Bay Ice Rink take part between 10am and noon on September 8 and 9.

On offer is a behind the scenes tour, an exhibition of photographs and memories from the last 60 years, and a free skate.

For full details of all the Heritage Open Days activities taking place in North Tyneside, visit www.heritageopendays.org.uk/directory