The city of Newcastle-upon-Tyne sits on the north side of the River Tyne and on the south side of the river is the town of Gateshead. Together they create a unique and diverse place now often referred to as NewcastleGateshead.
The actual area where the two places meet is the Quayside on the River Tyne. This is a vibrant and very special part of the North of England. It features the that is is a spectacular area day and night with the iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge – the world’s first and only tilting bridge, linking Newcastle and Gateshead for pedestrians and cyclists.
A former flour mill is now the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art on the south side of the Tyne. The Baltic is the largest gallery of its type in the world and an art-lover’s dream. Next door is the The Sage Gateshead, an international home for music and musical discovery. It houses two main stages of acoustic excellence, a 26-room music education centre, a music information resource centre, four bars, a brasserie and a café.
On the north side of the Tyne in Newcastle is an array of riverside bars, pubs, clubs and restaurants. and so with such a range of culture and eateries all in one place, visitors are catered for during the day and at night.
NewcastleGateshead offer the best shopping in the North of England. There is Eldon Square, one of the UK’s largest city centre shopping complexes, and Gateshead’s Metrocentre, which is Europe’s largest indoor shopping and leisure complex and offers loads of choice when it comes to shops and entertainment.
If you are looking for something a bit different, a visit to the boutique-lined Market Street, High Bridge and Hood Streets or the fashion-conscious suburb of Jesmond in Newcastle (just a short walk from the city centre or a quick ride on the Metro) has a great range of bars, restaurants and hotels.
There is more than 2,000 years of history in this part of the world. Newcastle’s Castle Keep is one of the finest examples of a NorthernKeep in the country, whilst Grainger Town’s neo-classical architecture is second-to-none and nowhere better visible than on the beautiful Grey Street, which was Academy of Urbanism’s 2010 Great Street Award winner.
Want to escape the bustle of city life? See Jesmond Dene, a hidden haven of tranquility just outside the city centre. Or consider spending time in rural Gateshead. Rural? Yes, rural! A surprising fact about Gateshead – even to people who come from the North East – is that more than half of it is comprised of mature woodland, riverbanks, ponds and wildflower meadows.
Escape the bustle of the city for a more relaxed experience. Derwent Walk Country Park and Watergate Forest Park offer acres of woodland walks and waterside wildflower meadows where mining and industry once thrived and are now home to majestic Red Kites. The National Trust site Gibside includes a Palladian chapel and ruined 18th century house surrounded by acres of parkland just 15 minutes from the city centre.
This is just a small introduction to a part of the world rich in variety and full of many things on offer. World-class culture, nightlife, award-winning dining, inspiring heritage, fantastic shopping and acclaimed architecture are linked here – as nowhere else – by the famous Geordie spirit. And this spirit is symbolised by Antony Gormley’s iconic Angel of the North as it welcomes travellers to the area.