Here at Love Middlesbrough, we love the Transporter Bridge (just in case you hadn’t guessed that from looking at our Instagram 😛), but did you know that you don’t just have to gaze lovingly at it from afar? You can get up close and personal with everyone’s favourite bridge by booking a Visitor Experience tour!
Yep, you heard that right – just hop into a glass lift and fly serenely up to the upper walkway of the bridge for a good look around. Trust me, taking the lift is much more pleasant than climbing the stairs to the top – I’ve done it twice, and that’s more than enough!
Spot the lift on the right leg of the bridge!
It’s magical at the top – you can look up and down the Tees, and on a clear day you can see all the way to Roseberry Topping in one direction and Stockton in the other… plus all the lovely Boro sights like the Riverside, Temenos, and the Boho Zone.
As part of the tour, you’ll get to hear from one of the fantastic staff members who know ridiculous amounts about the bridge and its workings. As if that wasn’t enough, the tour also includes a trip across the Tees in the glass gondola. Plus, if you’re a bit of an engineering geek, you can get a look inside the winding house and see the motors which power the gondola.
We think it’s a great activity for half term – but you’ll need to look sharp, as tours need to be pre-booked for safety reasons (the lift can only hold a certain number of people). It’s also handy to know that the lift and walkway is wheelchair accessible, so no one will be left out.
And because we love a good throwback, here’s what the walkway of the bridge used to look like before all that lovely renovation work took place!
You wouldn’t catch me walking on that glorified chicken wire!
And here’s a cheeky shot I got during the renovations!
So what are you waiting for? A Visitor Experience tour would be the perfect thing to do this half term! 😎
(Tours must be pre-booked as the glass lift can only hold a certain number of people. For safety reasons, tours may be subject to cancellation in poor weather. For full details, see the Middlesbrough Council website.)