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Gateshead is a town in Tyne and Wear in the northeast of England, situated south of Newcastle upon Tyne on the banks of the river Tyne.

Gateshead seen from across the river in Newcastle

Get in[edit]

By air[edit]

Newcastle Airport is Gateshead's nearest airport, and is located around 9 miles (14 km) away by road. Teesside Airport and Carlisle Lake District Airport are located a distance of around 35 and 50 miles (56 and 80 km) respectively.

By coach[edit]

The nearest coach station is Newcastle Coach Station, which is located on St. James Boulevard. Services operated by Megabus depart from John Dobson Street (adjacent to Newcastle City Library).

By road[edit]

Gateshead is located near to the A1.

By rail[edit]

The Tyne and Wear Metro links Gateshead with Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Newcastle Airport, as well as South Tyneside and Sunderland. Trains run every 6–8 minutes (with additional trains at peak times) between around 05:00 and midnight. The network is divided in to three zones, with ticket prices ranging between £2.00 and £3.60 for a single journey, and £3.20 and £5.30 for a day ticket.

The nearest National Rail station is located at Newcastle, and is served by CrossCountry, London North Eastern Railway, Northern Trains and TransPennine Express.

Get around[edit]

By bus[edit]

Gateshead is well served by bus services, with a number of routes serving Gateshead Interchange. Most bus routes in the area are operated by Go North East.

 Quaylink  is operated by Go North East and links Gateshead with Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and the Quayside, with buses running every 15 minutes (30 minutes during the evening and on Sunday).

By rail[edit]

The Tyne and Wear Metro links Gateshead with Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside and Newcastle Airport, as well as South Tyneside and Sunderland. Trains run every 6–8 minutes (with additional trains at peak times) between around 05:00 and midnight. The network is divided in to three zones, with ticket prices ranging between £2.00 and £3.60 for a single journey, and £3.20 and £5.30 for a day ticket.

By road[edit]

Gateshead is located near to the A1. By road, Newcastle Airport is about 9 miles away, and can be reached in about 20 minutes.

See[edit]

  • 1 Angel of the North, Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 7TY. Constructed in 1998, the Angel of the North is a large contemporary sculpture, designed by Antony Gormley. This impressive structure stands at 20 metres (66 ft) tall, with a wingspan of 75 metres (246 ft). Angel of the North (Q1325290) on Wikidata Angel of the North on Wikipedia
  • 2 BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA, +44 191 478 1810. 10:00–18:00 (Daily). A fantastic, free modern art gallery on the bank of the River Tyne, featuring a café, restaurant and shop, as well as a balcony, with stunning views over Gateshead and Newcastle. Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (Q4852693) on Wikidata Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art on Wikipedia
  • 3 Millennium Bridge ("The Blinking Eye"), South Shore Road, Gateshead, NE8 3BA. An architecturally innovative footbridge, linking Gateshead and Newcastle. Gateshead Millennium Bridge (Q1930127) on Wikidata Gateshead Millennium Bridge on Wikipedia
  • 4 Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, Gateshead NE8 4JB, +44 191 477 1495. Tu-F 10:00–16:00, Sa 10:00–17:00. Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of art and design on show in the friendly surroundings of this popular art gallery. The venue boasts one of the best collections of contemporary craftwork outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. Shipley Art Gallery (Q7498014) on Wikidata Shipley Art Gallery on Wikipedia
  • 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.
  • And cross the river for sights in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • 6 Gibside, +44 120 754 1820. 10:00–17:00 (Daily). A chapel and eighteenth century walled garden, run by the National Trust. The remains of Gibside Hall can also be seen. Gibside (Q5559250) on Wikidata Gibside on Wikipedia

Do[edit]

  • 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 reference library. The building hosts a wide variety of musical talent, especially classical and folk. Sage Gateshead (Q2414046) on Wikidata Sage Gateshead on Wikipedia

Buy[edit]

  • 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

Eat[edit]

There are many food outlets at the Metro Centre.

Many restaurants can be reached on the Newcastle Quayside from Gateshead by the Millennium Bridge.

Drink[edit]

If you prefer something traditional, try The Coach House or Station Hotel in Gateshead. Alternatively, the Bridge Hotel, Bacchus, The Bodega or Crown Posada all in Newcastle city centre just over the river.

There are many food outlets at the Metro Centre.

Sleep[edit]

The are a number of hotels in the area, as well as in nearby Newcastle upon Tyne.

  • 1 Eslington Villa, Station Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 6DR, +44 191 487 6017. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. A 3* hotel, located in the affluent suburb of Low Fell.
  • 2 Hilton Newcastle Gateshead, Bottle Bank, Gateshead, NE8 2AR, +44 191 490 9700. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00. A 4* hotel, located a short walk from the Quayside.

Connect[edit]

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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