town in Tyne and Wear, England

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 inEdit

Gateshead can be accessed from the north on the Tyne and Wear Metro from Newcastle. The metro goes to the main bus and metro interchange in the town centre. Also from Newcastle there are regular buses, which often carry on to most parts of Gateshead. From all other directions, the bus is the best option.

You can get a train to the suburb of Heworth. Alternatively, there are stations in Dunston, MetroCentre and Blaydon.

Get aroundEdit

 
Map of Gateshead

By trainEdit

The Tyne and Wear Metro provides easy access to several places in Gateshead (namely Gateshead, Felling, Heworth and Pelaw) and continues into South Tyneside and Sunderland in one direction and Newcastle in the other. There is also a national rail station on the Tyne Valley Line for the Metro Centre and bus services.

By busEdit

Bus services are also frequent (though often unreliable). The convenient Quaylink bus service links various popular places in Gateshead and Newcastle. There is a large bus station by the Metro Centre railway station.

By footEdit

Walking - around the riverside area is pleasant - crossing over to Newcastle.

Gateshead and Newcastle walking directions can be planned online with the walkit.com walking route planner.

SeeEdit

  • 1 The Angel of the North (about 5 miles from the town centre). Large sculpture by Antony Gormley, erected in 1998. It can be seen when approaching Gateshead from the south on the A1, or by rail.    
  • 2 BALTIC. A fantastic and free modern art gallery on the bank of the River Tyne. There's a cafe on the ground floor, a posh restaurant the top floor and a balcony with stunning views over Gateshead and Newcastle.    
  • 3 The Gateshead Millennium bridge. An architecturally innovative footbridge linking Newcastle and Gateshead Quaysides.    
  • 4 Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Road, +44 191 477-1495. M-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su 2PM-5PM. Popular art gallery in Gateshead. Relax, unwind and discover the fantastic range of art and design on show in the friendly surroundings of the Shipley. During the last 25 years the venue has become established as a national centre for contemporary craft and has built up one of the best collections outside London, including ceramics, wood, metal, glass, textiles and furniture. Admission is free.    
  • Newcastle upon Tyne

DoEdit

  • 1 The Sage Gateshead. A modern music arena, with two large concert halls, bars, restaurant, reference library. The Sage hosts a wide variety of musical talent, especially classical and folk. The recognizable building was designed by Foster and Partners.    

BuyEdit

  • 1 Metro Centre (to the West of the town centre, NOT on the Metro line; near Dunston and on the A1), +44 191 493 0250. One of the largest shopping centres in Europe with many major national and international names such as Marks and Spencer, Debenhams, House of Fraser, Argos, Boots and Apple. It also houses an Odeon IMAX cinema.    

EatEdit

There are many food outlets at the Metro Centre.

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

DrinkEdit

Usually a pub crawl starts around the Quayside, crossing between Gateshead and Newcastle. Common places include Buffalo Joe's and Baja nightclub, but if you prefer something more traditionl and enjoy real ale try The Aletaster in Gateshead or 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.

SleepEdit

The are several smaller B&Bs sporadically placed.

Go nextEdit

Routes through Gateshead
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