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Gateshead Millennium Bridge

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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Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead £49
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead

Hawks Road, Gateshead, England
     
    3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Situated in Gateshead, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Sage Gateshead. Quayside and Tyne Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Manors Station is 19 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 24 minutes.

    Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside
    Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside

    Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside

    South Shore Road, Gateshead, England
       
      3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Located in the heart of Gateshead, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Quayside and Sage Gateshead are also within 10 minutes. Manors Station is 17 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 23 minutes.

      The NewBridge Hotel
      The NewBridge Hotel

      The NewBridge Hotel

      Newbridge Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
         
        3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Quayside and Northumbria University. Gateshead Millennium Bridge and St. James' Park are also within 1 mi (2 km). Manors Station is only a 5-minute walk and Newcastle Central Station is 17 minutes.

        Malmaison Newcastle £71
        Malmaison Newcastle

        Malmaison Newcastle

           
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this spa hotel is steps away from Quayside and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. St. James' Park and Sage Gateshead are also within 1 mile (2 km). Manors Station is 9 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 16 minutes.

          Royal Station Hotel £54
          Royal Station Hotel

          Royal Station Hotel

          Neville Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Newcastle-upon-Tyne Arts Centre and O2 Academy Newcastle. St. James' Park and Sage Gateshead are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Manors Station is 12 minutes.

            County Hotel
            County Hotel

            County Hotel

               
              4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is steps away from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Arts Centre and O2 Academy Newcastle. St. James' Park and Sage Gateshead are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Manors Station is 13 minutes.

              Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle
              Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

              Sleeperz Hotel Newcastle

                 
                3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is steps away from Newcastle-upon-Tyne Arts Centre and O2 Academy Newcastle. St. James' Park and Sage Gateshead are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Manors Station is 13 minutes.

                Dream Apartments Quayside £99
                Dream Apartments Quayside

                Dream Apartments Quayside

                69 City Road, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Quayside and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Sage Gateshead and Northumbria University are also within 15 minutes. Manors Station is 9 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 16 minutes.