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GatesheadUnited Kingdom

Feel the warm embrace of an angel as you enjoy the architectural wonders and modern art complexes of this northern town.

On the River Tyne’s southern bank, Gateshead is known for its stylish buildings and cultural exhibitions. The town shares the lively Quayside area near the river with its larger neighbor Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Explore innovative bridges and artistic hubs that make Gateshead among England’s most fascinating communes.

Admire the Angel of the North, an enormous structure 177 feet (54 meters) wide serving as a gentle embrace to town visitors. Capture photos of your family beside the statue to demonstrate its size.

Visit the town center on the River Tyne. Admire Quayside’s innovative architecture, with the Gateshead Millennium Bridge among the highlights. The structure joining the town to Newcastle has a state-of-the-art tilting feature to allow boats to pass underneath. Note the stunning architectural design of the curved footpath and grand arch.

Beside the bridge is the intriguing BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, which is housed in a former mill. Browse the temporary displays on modern works that encourage reflection. Fun tours catered to kids are available. Visit the extraordinary glass bubble domes of Sage Gateshead next door. The concert venue is designed with excellent acoustics and architectural designs for the best possible sound quality.

Dine at one of the traditional pubs around the Quayside area. Local cuisine includes Newcastle Brown Ale and the Singin’ Hinny, which is a type of baked scone.

Expect warm summers and fairly mild winters with occasional heavy snowfall. Bring an umbrella and warm clothing in case of rain and wind. On a sunny day, head to Saltwell Park for its play areas, woodland gardens and picturesque views.

The town is just south of Newcastle in the northernmost part of England. Drive south from Edinburgh for 2.5 hours or north from London for 5 hours to get here. Flights are available from the rest of the country to Newcastle International Airport, which is 10 miles (16 kilometers) north of the town.

Gateshead is a historic town that places an emphasis on modern, innovative architectural wonders.

Where to stay in Gateshead

Swalwell, England, United Kingdom

Swalwell

4/5Very Good!(132 area reviews)

You might appreciate the shopping and restaurants in Swalwell, and if you're interested in seeing more of the area, Intu and St. James' Park are just a few notable stops.

Swalwell
Team Valley, Gateshead, England, United Kingdom

Team Valley

Team Valley might not have many top sights, but Saltwell Park and Angel of the North are two attractions nearby that you can check out.

Team Valley

Top hotels in Gateshead

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside
Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside
3.5 out of 5
South Shore Road, Gateshead, England
£55
per night
16 Apr-17 Apr

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (1,314 reviews)

"Maybe not unique but i left my charger and the lady who answered the phone located it and got it posted back to me. Thank you."…"

Reviewed on 13 Mar 2020

Jurys Inn Newcastle Quayside
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
4 out of 5
Bottle Bank, Gateshead, England

Situated in Gateshead, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sage Gateshead and Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Quayside and O2 Academy Newcastle are also within ...

4.2/5Excellent! (1,111 reviews)

"Everything with this trip was absolutely amazing, cleanliness impeccable and facilities and staff were absolutely amazing x A massive thankyou to kath in executive lounge for making our stay so special, Please let kath know we really appreciate everything she did for us"…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Hilton Newcastle Gateshead
Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre
Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre
4 out of 5
Marconi Way, MetroCentre, Newcastle, Gateshead, England

Located in Swalwell, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Intu and within 6 miles (10 km) of Quayside and St. James' Park. Sage Gateshead and Metro Radio Arena ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (1,097 reviews)

"The room was fab, really big and spacious. The staff were super helpful and kind."…"

Reviewed on 15 Mar 2020

Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre

Popular things to do in Gateshead

Sage Gateshead
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Sage Gateshead

4.5/5(129 reviews)

This riverside concert hall of futuristic design is among Europe’s leading venues. Enjoy its spectacular acoustics, divine auditoriums and international acts.

Gateshead Millennium Bridge
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Gateshead Millennium Bridge

4.5/5(402 reviews)

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

Angel of the North
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Angel of the North

4.5/5(108 reviews)

Look up at one of England’s most iconic sculptures welcoming you to the northern part of the country with a warm embrace.

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art
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BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

4/5(133 reviews)

Appreciate the views of the river and its bridges from this international art complex that holds ever-changing exhibits of visual works.

Tyne Bridge
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Tyne Bridge

4.5/5(336 reviews)

A familiar-looking tall green arch stretches across the lively Quayside area and joins the communes of Gateshead and Newcastle-upon-Tyne.

High Level Bridge
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High Level Bridge

You can find out about the history of Gateshead with a stop at High Level Bridge. Wander around the area's the university campus or experience its fascinating museums.

Top activities in Gateshead

Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Newcastle
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Multi-Venue, Bar & Nightclub VIP Party Pass in Newcastle

£10
Per adult
City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK
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City Scavenger hunts by Operation City Quest of The UK

£9
Per adult
Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom
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Survival Challenge by Zombie Scavengers of United Kingdom

£17
Per adult
Gory Talking Tour of Newcastle
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Gory Talking Tour of Newcastle

100% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
Historical Tour of Newcastle
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Historical Tour of Newcastle

100% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult
Durham Historic Tour
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Durham Historic Tour

80% of travellers recommend
£35
Per adult

Reviews of Gateshead

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4 - Good
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3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 16.574585635359117%
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2 - Disappointing 2.7624309392265194%
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3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

23 Feb 2020

Although this hotel is technically in Gateshead, it is right on the tyne river side, a 2 min walk over the millennium bridge and you are in newcastle city centre.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

27 Jan 2020

Spent time looking at The Angel of the North. The history surrounding the monument was very facinating. Also the public have nominated small trees in the vicinity as memorials to family members who have passed away. Felt this was poignant and moving.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

Great base for discovering the area.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Very nice city with lots to do and loads of places to eat and drink.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

9 Dec 2019

Gateshead is closer to Newcastle than I thought.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

26 Nov 2019

Great views of the river and city, great walk into the city centre, lovely market on the riverside on Sunday.