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Gateshead
Travel Guide

Sage Gateshead featuring theatre scenes and interior views

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

Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre
Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre
4 out of 5
Marconi Way, MetroCentre, Newcastle, Gateshead, England
The price is £67 per night from 20 May to 20 May
Located in Swalwell, this spa hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Intu and within 6 miles (10 km) of St. James' Park and Metro Radio Arena. O2 Academy Newcastle and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (991 reviews)
"Very comfy bed,clean rooms,friendly staff"

Reviewed on 23 Apr 2021

Newcastle Gateshead Marriott Hotel Metrocentre
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead
Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead
3 out of 5
Hawks Road, Gateshead, England
The price is £39 per night from 21 May to 21 May
Situated in Gateshead, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Sage Gateshead. Quayside ...
3.9/5Very Good! (994 reviews)
"Really good hotel, great staff. Only complaint was room was cold."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2021

Ramada Encore by Wyndham Newcastle-Gateshead
Tyne Apartments
Tyne Apartments
3 out of 5
Claremont Place, Gateshead, England
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Situated in Gateshead, this apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Tyne Bridge and Sage Gateshead. Gateshead Millennium Bridge and Metro Radio Arena are ...
Tyne Apartments
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The new Staincliffe Hotel
The new Staincliffe Hotel
3 out of 5
The Cliff, Seaton Carew, Hartlepool, England
Situated in Hartlepool, this holiday home is 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Seaton Carew Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of North Gare Sands and Monkey Statue. Museum ...
3.1/5 (98 reviews)
Room 16
"Brilliant view nice bed in a clean warm room easy parking and very friendly staff"

Reviewed on 24 Oct 2017

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Hillcrest - Single Storey Luxury House + Hot Tub
Hillcrest - Single Storey Luxury House + Hot Tub
3.5 out of 5
Situated in Hawick, this holiday home is within 6 miles (10 km) of Hawick Museum & Scott Art Gallery, Drumlanrigs Tower and Cross Borders Drove Road. Jedburgh ...
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Lovely weekend break
"Lovely house, beautiful views, great walks, friendly owner. Highly recommend."

Reviewed on 11 May 2021

Hillcrest - Single Storey Luxury House + Hot Tub
North Bridge Apartment
North Bridge Apartment
3 out of 5
Situated in Hawick, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Drumlanrigs Tower and Hawick Museum & Scott Art Gallery. Cross Borders Drove Road is 2.6 ...
North Bridge Apartment
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Reviews of Gateshead

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5/5 - Excellent

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10 May 2020

Beautiful

1/5 - Terrible

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9 May 2020

Gatesheads lovely choose a nicer hotel the royal is food and cheap

3/5 - Okay

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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

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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

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2 Jan 2020

Great base for discovering the area.

5/5 - Excellent

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9 Dec 2019

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

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