Flanking the southern banks of the Tyne, Gateshead in Tyne & Wear faces Newcastle across the river and is home to a selection of the North East’s top arts centres along its quayside including the landmark multi-purpose Sage Gateshead with two auditoria and the converted mighty mill contemporary art gallery – BALTIC. Move inland and more attraction gems are to be found in arts rich Gateshead including the acclaimed Shipley Art Gallery, home to the North East’s most famous painting – the Blaydon Races by William Irving.
Two top attractions in Gateshead stand out as must visits on any tour of the North East. The iconic ‘Angel of the North’ statue by Antony Gormley, visible from and easily accessed off the A1, is a top 10 British landmark. Nothing prepares you for the huge scale of this giant landmark which you can get right up close to and view from any angle – parking is adjacent and entry is free! The site of the ‘Angel of the North’ is on what was the old Team Colliery and pit baths, but mining has taken place on this site right back to the 1500s.
Shopaholics won’t want to miss a visit to Britain’s largest shopping centre, Metrocentre in Gateshead, a shopping, dining and leisure village packed with top designer and high street fashion stores, cinemas, restaurants, a fantastic choice of discount stores and a fun play centre for children. Metrocentre is also easily accessed just off the A1. Just a few miles outside of the town you’re in glorious countryside, home to great National Trust estates like the Georgian landscape gardens of Gibside.
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Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.