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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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Malmaison Newcastle £62
Malmaison Newcastle

Malmaison Newcastle

     
    4.0 out of 5.0

    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 12 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 19 minutes.

    Maldron Hotel Newcastle £46
    Maldron Hotel Newcastle

    Maldron Hotel Newcastle

       
      4.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is steps away from Chinatown and St. James' Park. Eldon Square Shopping Centre and Castle Keep are also within 10 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Manors Station is 13 minutes.

      easyHotel Newcastle £17
      easyHotel Newcastle

      easyHotel Newcastle

      Proctor House, 23-29 Side, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
         
        2.5 out of 5.0

        Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Keep and Quayside. Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Chinatown are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is 9 minutes by foot and Manors Station is 13 minutes.

        Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter £53
        Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter

        Crowne Plaza Newcastle - Stephenson Quarter

        Hawthorne Square, Forth Street, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
           
          4.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this spa hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castle Keep and Chinatown. St. James' Park and Eldon Square Shopping Centre are also within 1 mi (2 km). Newcastle Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Manors Station is 19 minutes.

          Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside £44
          Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside

          Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside

          South Shore Road, Gateshead, England
             
            3.5 out of 5.0

            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 19 minutes by foot and Newcastle Central Station is 24 minutes.

            County Hotel £44
            County Hotel

            County Hotel

               
              3.5 out of 5.0

              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 Quayside are also within 1 mile (2 km). Newcastle Central Station is only a 2-minute walk and Manors Station is 16 minutes.

              Copthorne Hotel Newcastle £58
              Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

              Copthorne Hotel Newcastle

                 
                4.0 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Castle Keep, Quayside and Sage Gateshead. O2 Academy Newcastle and Gateshead Millennium Bridge are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is 12 minutes by foot and Manors Station is 19 minutes.

                The Vermont Hotel £56
                The Vermont Hotel

                The Vermont Hotel

                Castle Garth, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, England
                   
                  4.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Newcastle-upon-Tyne, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Castle Keep and O2 Academy Newcastle. Quayside and St. James' Park are also within 15 minutes. Newcastle Central Station is 8 minutes by foot and Manors Station is 15 minutes.