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Gateshead Millennium Bridge
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge featuring a city, a river or creek and modern architecture

Marvel at the impressive architectural feat of the tilting of this curved bridge and its tall arch allowing boats to pass.

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a fascinating tilting structure of innovative design over the River Tyne. Built for pedestrians and cyclists, the bridge connects the northern Quayside to the southern arts quarter of Gateshead. Stand in the center of the divide to enjoy views of the Gateshead skyline.

Admire the modern design of the structure, which consists of a grand arch that hovers above a curved path. Watch the bridge tilting back and forth to allow small vessels to pass below. The impressive arch counterbalances the pathway during a tilt, which takes about 5 minutes. The bridge is 413 feet (126 meters) long.

See the structure at night, when it is illuminated in a blue glow that reflects in the water. When the bridge is in its upright position, the arch rises to a height of 164 feet (50 meters) above the river. The structure has adopted an iconic role in the town’s culture, featuring on stamps and postcards. Note its self-cleaning mechanism, as any litter rolls into side trash traps.

Visit the nearby BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art for spectacular views of the water, the bridge and Newcastle-upon-Tyne to the north. Bring the children on a guided tour of the museum that features fun activities.

Check the schedule on the bridge or online to know when it will tilt, as it only happens once or twice per day to accommodate river traffic. The structure, which opened to the public in 2001, is free to use. Hear locals refer to it as the “Winking Eye” bridge, in reference to its shape and tilt.

Find the Gateshead Millennium Bridge on the River Tyne in the center of town. On its northern point is the Quayside area, while the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art is along the southern bank. Ride a bus to one of the stops on either side of the river. Arrive via train to Newcastle Central Station and walk 1 mile (1.6 kilometers) east to get to the bridge.

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