Borough’s heritage on show with open days

Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend.
Segedunum Roman Fort at Wallsend.

A host of venues are preparing to throw open their doors again giving visitors a rare look behind the scenes.

A total of 43 free events are taking place in North Tyneside as part of Heritage Open Days, which is on from September 11 to 14.

Among the venues taking part will be a tour of The IRON House in Cullercoats, home of IRON Press and local playwright Peter Mortimer, on Sunday, September 14.

Northern Voices will host an event at the White Swan Centre in Killingworth as part of the Stephenson 200 celebrations, on Friday, September 12, including readings from North Tyneside Steam, the book by poet Keith Armstrong and photographer Pete Dixon.

On September 13 and 14 there will be an opportunity to tour the Tyne Tunnels, with behind-the-scenes viewings of the control room, new pump room and pedestrian escape tunnel.

Old favourites such as the Grade I listed St George’s Church in Cullercoats; Segedunum Roman Fort in Wallsend; and a heritage walk at the Rising Sun Country Park in Benton are also included.

For a full programme of Tyne and Wear Heritage Open Days visit

Coun Eddie Darke, cabinet member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: “We have once again shown that the heritage of North Tyneside is one of the most exciting in the region and has something of interest to people of all ages.

“We look forward to Heritage Open Days and they are always popular, providing a chance to explore and discover more about both the traditional and more unusual aspects of our local heritage.”