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Gateshead is a town in Tyne and Wear in the northeast of England. It stands on the south bank of the River Tyne looking across to Newcastle upon Tyne on the north bank. It's industrial and in 2011 had a population of 120,046. It was historically in County Durham, but in 1974 became part of the metropolis of Tyne and Wear.


The view across the Tyne to Gateshead

Gateshead stands on a hill on the south bank of the River Tyne and was industrial from the 14th century through coal mining. This was sufficiently lucrative for the north bank city of Newcastle to attempt a takeover; but the coal was from shallow bell-pits that soon became unworkable, where upon Newcastle's interest waned. The main deep-mining belt was south towards Durham, and those pit owners became stinking rich, while Gateshead developed metal-bashing and other traditional smokestack industries. It never had much architectural heritage, and that little was blown away by the great fire and explosion of 1854 when a burning worsted mill set off sulphur and other combustibles in a nearby warehouse. So great were the devastation, the deaths and the mutilation of survivors, that special trains had to be laid on for all the thousands of trippers thronging to enjoy the spectacle.

Gateshead was further assaulted in the 20th century by industrial decline and by modern "brutalist" architecture. However, in the 21st century, it was revived, along with Newcastle, by attractive developments. Sage and the Baltic Gallery are on the riverfront near the Millennium Bridge, and The Angel of the North stands guard by the motorway from the south.

Get in[edit]

For long-distance routes see Newcastle upon Tyne.

By train[edit]

1 Newcastle Central station. Is just north of the river has frequent trains from London King's Cross and the Midlands via York, from Edinburgh via Berwick, and from Carlisle via Hexham. Newcastle railway station (Q2047417) on Wikidata Newcastle railway station on Wikipedia

Gateshead doesn't have its mainline station. But from Newcastle Central, it's a short walk, bus, Metro or taxi ride into the town centre.

By Metro[edit]

Map of the Tyne and Wear Metro

Gateshead is on both lines of the Tyne and Wear Metro:

  • The Green Line runs from the airport via Jesmond, Newcastle city centre and Central Station to Gateshead, then heads south to Sunderland.
  • The Yellow Line makes a grand loop from the city centre around the north bank towns and burbs, circles back to Jesmond, the city centre, Central Station, Gateshead and Heworth, then follows the south riverbank to Jarrow and South Shields.

Trains run every 10–15 min between 5:30AM and 11:30PM. Gateshead is in Fare Zone A, so in 2022, an adult single from the city centre is £2.30. The airport is in Zone C so that's £3.90.

By bus[edit]

Newcastle Bus Station. Is the west side of the railway station.

By road[edit]

By road from north or south follow A1, which bypasses the conurbation to the west. Exit onto A184 to come into Gateshead.

Get around[edit]

By foot[edit]

The Tyne bridges, Sage and Baltic are all within a 15-minute walk, with the International Stadium a little further.

By Metro[edit]

2 Gateshead Interchange. The Metro and local bus station. Bus fares are the same as Metro, see above. Gateshead Interchange (Q5527160) on Wikidata Gateshead Interchange on Wikipedia

By bus[edit]

The main bus routes are by Go North East:

  • Bus 1 to Newcastle, North Shields and Whitley Bay
  • Bus 21 to Angel of the North, Chester-le-Street and Brandon
  • Bus 49 and 96 / 97 to Metrocentre and Blaydon
  • Bus 51 / 52 to Heworth and Newcastle


  • 1 Gateshead Millennium Bridge Gateshead Millennium Bridge on Wikipedia, opened in 2001, is a cyclist and pedestrian tilting bridge. It's often called the Blinking or Winking Bridge for the way the footpath deck tilts up to allow river traffic to pass. That's an infrequent occurrence: Gateshead Council lists upcoming tilts. They'll even let you request a tilt for free, given 7 days notice, at any hour 365 days a year. They're more likely to grant such a request if you turn up with a vessel of mast no taller than 23.9 m.
  • Cross this or any other bridge for sights in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • 2 BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA (south end of Millennium Bridge), +44 191 478 1810. W-Su 10AM–6PM. Opened in 2002, this is in the former Rank Hovis flour mill. It has changing exhibitions of contemporary art and has few permanent works; perhaps the most memorable is Mark Wallinger's vertigo-inducing Heaven and Hell on the main stairwell. From the balcony, there are fine views over the riverside, and from May to September, you have the intimate sight of the world's most inland colony of kittywakes raising their young on the cliff-like walls of the centre. Wheelchair accessible. Free. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Q4852693) on Wikidata Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Wikipedia
  • St Mary's on Oakwellgate next to Sage is a former parish church and now a small museum. It's open Tu-Sa 10AM-4PM.
  • 3 Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4JB, +44 191 477 1495. Tu-F 10AM–4PM, Sa 10AM–5PM. Small but well-stocked gallery of Dutch and British art and craftwork, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. Free. Shipley Art Gallery (Q7498014) on Wikidata Shipley Art Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 4 Saltwell Towers is a Victorian confection, now the centrepiece of Saltwell Park. There's a visitor centre and tea room.
  • 5 Bowes Railway, Springwell Rd, Gateshead NE9 7QJ, +44 191 416 1847. Standard-gauge colliery railway, originally 15 miles long, and the central 6 miles were so steep that they were cable-hauled by static engines.
  • 6 Angel of the North (By car: rest area at the junction of the A1 and A167; free parking and refreshment stands but no toilets. By bus: route 21 ("The Angel") from Gateshead Interchange to Durham Road / Deneford.). 1998 sculpture by Antony Gormley that was initially disliked by many, but is now symbolic of the northeast. It's 20 metres / 66 ft tall, with a wingspan of 54 m / 177 ft. The site is free, 24 hours. Angel of the North (Q1325290) on Wikidata Angel of the North on Wikipedia
  • 7 Gibside, Rowlands Gill NE16 6BG, +44 1207 541820. Daily 10AM–5PM. Grand estate formerly owned by the Bowes-Lyon dynasty (ancestors of HM Elizabeth Queen Mother) - they got so rich from Durham coal that they acquired more castles and mansions than they knew what to do with. Gibside Hall was built 1603-1620 but fell into disuse then dereliction from the 19th century, so only a shell remains. The Banqueting Hall is a separate building which also fell derelict but has been restored - it's described as "Gothick" but resembles a mortuary. The Georgian chapel is the estate's finest feature and it, rather than the Hall, is the focus of the landscaping, with a vista towards the Column to Liberty. There's also a stable block, orangery and extensive grounds, dogs on leads welcome. The estate is now managed by the National Trust. Adult £12, child £6, NT free. Gibside (Q5559250) on Wikidata Gibside on Wikipedia
  • 8 Tanfield Railway: see Beamish for this heritage steam railway on the boundary with County Durham.


Baltic Centre
  • 1 The Sage Gateshead, St. Mary's Square, Gateshead NE8 2JR, +44 191 443 4666. A modern music arena, designed by Foster and Partners in the early 2000s. The building houses two large concert halls, bars, a restaurant and a reference library. The building hosts a wide variety of musical talent, especially classical and folk. Sage Gateshead (Q2414046) on Wikidata Sage Gateshead on Wikipedia
  • Cinema: Vue Cinema is next to the Interchange.
  • 2 Gateshead International Stadium is multi-use, and its sports facilities can be used by members. It has its own Metro station.
  • Football: Gateshead FC. Plays soccer in National League North, the game's sixth tier. Their home ground is the International Stadium. Sure you wouldn't rather cross the river to Newcastle United, or take the Metro to Sunderland Stadium of Light? Gateshead F.C. (Q18513) on Wikidata Gateshead F.C. on Wikipedia
  • Golf: local courses are Ravensworth and Whickham. Heworth GC only accepts visitors as competitors in occasional open competitions.
  • Derwent Walk follows a former railway trackbed for 12.5 miles beside the River Derwent. It starts in Derwenthaugh Country Park just west of Metro Centre and heads southwest via Gibside to Shotley Bridge and Consett.


  • 1 Metrocentre, +44 191 493 0250. Metrocentre is one of Europe's largest shopping centres, and hosts a number of well-known retailers. It also offers a variety of food outlets, as well as an arcade and cinema. Metrocentre (Q1431830) on Wikidata MetroCentre (shopping centre) on Wikipedia


Millennium Bridge
  • Beneath Tyne Bridge are Träkol (below), Windows on The Tyne (within Hilton Hotel) and Raval.
  • Träkol, Hillgate Quays NE8 2BH (beneath Tyne Bridge), +44 191 737 1120. W-F 5PM-10PM, Sa noon-2PM, 5PM-10PM, Su noon-6PM. This gets great reviews; it's mostly seafood.
  • Low Fell two miles south on the old Durham road has a strip with Primavera, Rosa 12, The Bank, Imperial and Ilbay's.
  • Plenty more in Newcastle just across the bridge.



Gibside Chapel
  • See also hotels north of the river in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • Leonardo Hotel (formerly Jury's Inn), South Shore Rd, Gateshead NE8 3AE (east side of Baltic), +44 191 401 6800. Good chain budget place on riverside. Limited parking. B&B double £70.
  • Ramada Encore, Hawks Rd, Gateshead NE8 3AD (southeast side of Baltic), +44 191 481 3600. Decent enough hotel for what you're paying. Limited parking. Double (room only) £50.
  • 1 Premier Inn, Maingate, Kingsway North NE11 0BE, +44 333 321 1341. Reliable budget chain handy for motorists on A1. B&B double £70.
  • 2 Eslington Villa, Station Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6DR, +44 191 487 6017. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A 3* hotel, located in the affluent suburb of Low Fell.
  • 3 Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Bottle Bank, Gateshead, NE8 2AR, +44 191 490 9700. Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. A 4* hotel, located a short walk from the Quayside.
  • 4 Marriott Hotel MetroCentre, Metrocentre, Gateshead NE11 9XF, +44 191 493 2233. Value-for-money hotel convenient for motorists and shoppers. B&B double £95.


As of July 2021, Gateshead has 5G with EE and 4G from the other UK carriers.

Go next[edit]

Routes through Gateshead
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