Iconic Gateshead sits on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite its sister town Newcastle – linked by seven bridges including the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge. Once a centre for the coal mining and iron industries, the town is now a contemporary and up and coming hub or contemporary arts and architecture.
The town is home to the Intu Metrocentre – the second largest mall in the UK. Culture-wise there’s also plenty to see and do. Catch a show at The Sage, the town’s main venue for music and the performing arts. Or take in modern installations, paintings and sculptures both from local creatives and international artists at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Amateur historians can find ample information detailing the town’s rich heritage and colourful past at St Mary’s Heritage Centre and Shipley Art Gallery.
This river town naturally features landmarks and attractions linked to the water, including the River Escapes boat tour and Tyne Bridge. The picturesque surrounding countryside is the setting for iconic novel Jane Eyre by renowned writer Charlotte Bronte. Although the place names are largely made up, villages and locations within the area have long been identified as inspiration for those in the book. Nearby the Angel of The North (official title The Gateshead Angel of The North), are all notable landmarks. Sports fans can enjoy a tour of Gateshead FC.
Gateshead is connected to the rest of the UK via extensive train links. Nearby Newcastle International Airport provides flights nationwide and further afield.