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Tees Transporter Bridge And Visitor Centre

This unique structure dominates the Middlesbrough skyline transporting cars and passengers across the River Tees.

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  • Welcome
    • Good for walkers
    • Good for school visits
    • Good for families
    • Good for cyclists
  • Parking & transport
    • On site parking
    • Accessible by public transport
  • Media
    • Film / TV location
  • Location
    • Near to Riverside Stadium
  • Groups
    • Group tours available
    • Group bookings accepted
  • General
    • Educational site
  • Events
    • Space available for hire/meetings/parties


Nearest major road is A66. Take the A66 to Middlesbrough. At Hartington interchange turn left over Metz Bridge into North Road A178, turn left into Snowdon Road, at roundabout take 3rd exit into Vulcan Street at junction with Ferry Road turn left then first right along A178 to Ferry Road and the Transporter.

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Details about Tees Transporter Bridge And Visitor Centre

Components of the new HLF Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience are currently undergoing completion works and testing.  For further information please contact (01642) 727265

The Tees Transporter Bridge has been the area’s landmark since opening in 1911. It is the longest working transporter bridge in the world and an iconic symbol of Teesside’s engineering and industrial heritage.

The Tees Transporter Bridge has played an important role in the area’s history for over a century and continues to provide an important and unique crossing over the River Tees. In recent years the Transporter has emerged as a leading historic visitor attraction and is one of the UK’s major sites for extreme sports including abseils, bungee jumps and zipslides.

In 2011 to mark the Bridge’s centenary the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) confirmed a £2.6m award for refurbishment and upgrade work to the Tees Transporter Bridge.

The HLF supported Tees Transporter Bridge Visitor Experience Project included the installation of a glass viewing lift to provide improved access to the upper walkway, renovation of the gondola and the development of state-of-the-art visitor resources.

The Tees Transporter Bridge is visible in the film 'Billy Elliot' and was sold to Americans in 'Auf Wiedersehn Pet'. It is also the romantic backdrop in Freya North's novel 'Secrets'.

Historical photos of the Tees Transporter bridge for you to enjoy can be found at this link.

Opening times

Monday   7:15am-12.00pm


Tuesday   7:15am-12.00pm


Wednesday     7:15am-12.00pm


Thursday   7:15am-12.00pm


Friday   7:15am-12.00pm


Saturday   9.30am-12.00pm



Costs (from 6th April 2015)

CAR/MOTORCYCLE: £1.30 per bay (Bridge Saver Card – 20 trips £23.40)
PEDESTRIANS/CYCLISTS: £0.60 per trip (Bridge Saver Card – 20 trips £10.80)

The Transporter Bridge in numbers

The Middlesbrough Transporter is a total of 851 feet (259.3 metres) in length which makes it the longest of those remaining in the world.

Its cantilever construction has three main bridge spans that give it its unique appearance. The bridge is, effectively, two almost independent structures joined at the centre of the River Tees.

Each half of the bridge has an 'anchor' span of 140 feet (42.6 metres) and then cantilevers across the river some 285 feet (86.8 metres) from the tower leg to meet its twin from the opposite bank.

The passenger gondola is suspended by steel cables and runs on a wheel and rail system approximately 160 feet (48.7 metres) above the River Tees.

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