Heritage Open Days back for 2018

Sponsored by Port of Tyne

Heritage Open Days celebrates England's fantastic architecture and culture by offering FREE access to properties that are usually closed to the public or normally charge for admission. It is a once-a-year chance to discover hidden architectural treasures and enjoy a wide range of tours, events and activities which bring local history to life!

The 2018 event will take place over two weekends Thursday 6 - Sunday 9 and Thursday 13 - Sunday 16 September.

This is the 17th year for Heritage Open Days in Tyne and Wear. Year on year the event has grown in participating properties and activities and in visitor numbers. Back in 2002 there were 84 participating buildings and activities. Last year, in 2017, there were an amazing 209 participating buildings and activities, making it one of the biggest and best regionally organized HODs events in England!

This year the event in Tyne and Wear includes the Districts of Gateshead, Newcastle, North Tyneside, South Tyneside and Sunderland. It is supported by Port of Tyne, the five District Councils, the Barbour Foundation and Sunderland Heritage Forum. An amazing 205 buildings, tours and activities will be participating in the 2018 weekends of heritage.

Sponsoring the Heritage Open Days programme is just one of the many ways that the Port of Tyne connects with the community in which it operates.

Andrew Moffat, Chief Executive Officer, Port of Tyne, said: "The Port of Tyne is pleased to be able to support Heritage Open Days once again this year and help visitors enjoy places that are not normally open to the public. Over eight days 205 venues will be open for free, offering unique experiences to go behind the scenes or try something new.

"The Port is joining in by opening up for tours over both weekends at Tynemouth Lighthouse and the historic Swing Bridge, which has recently had a £200,000 refurbishment in its 150th year alongside its participation in the Great Exhibition of the North.

"The Tyne and Wear programme is one of the country's best with something for everyone of all ages and interests. This is a great opportunity to be inspired to get to know more about the heritage of Tyne and Wear and enjoy some great experiences with all the family."

For more information log on to the national website www.heritageopendays.org.uk or pick up a local booklet from Libraries or Council Offices. Both allow you to easily organise your weekend of heritage!


Some highlights this year are:


BALTIC - Centre for Contemporary Art

Crowleys Ironworks Uncovered

Dunston Staiths

Gibside and The Banqueting House

Notable Women of Gateshead Talk



Emily Davidson - Suffragette. Talk by Ian McArdle

From Jesmond Library to the Word: How Jesmond Library has influenced library design since 1963

Swing Bridge

St George's Church Jesmond

The Lit and Phil


North Tyneside

Cullercoats Heritage Day

Extraordinary Women Celebration Event

Multi Use Redevelopment of Ballards Smoke House into the Glass House

The Soldiers Stories - Researchers reflections on some of the interesting and tragic cases revealed

Tynemouth Lighthouse


South Tyneside

Former Pilots Office at Wellesley Court

North East Maritime Trust

Sailors and Smugglers Walk

St Hilda's Pit Head + Talks and Film Showing

The Customs House



Bowes Railway

Hetton Smithy

Masjid-e-anwar-e-madina Mosque

Roker Pier and Lighthouse

Washington F Pit Museum

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