The Angel of the North was designed by Andrew Gromley, an international renowned sculptor, and was constructed in 1998 on the site of former Gateshead colliery pitheads baths. The sculpture dominates the skyline and rises 20 metres above the earth foundations. It is tall as four double decker buses and has a wingspan of 54 metres. 200 tonnes of...more
As a fan of Newcastle and the surrounding countryside, we have driven past the Angel of the North many, many times. Each time we went past someone in the car would always say "We'll have to go and see the Angel of the North up close."Anyway, many years later, we finally made it!!!This huge piece of art was funded by the National Lottery. I never...more
An landmark old flour mill on the southern bank of the River Tyne is now home to a modern art gallery known as the Baltic. The gallery doesn't seem to have a permanent collection of it's own but houses a variety of temporary exhibitions which means that what is on display at any time will change quite freqently. Even if you don't really want to see...more
Gateshead's Millenium Bridge was built following a competition run by the local council in 1996 to choose a new cycle and footbridge that would link Newcastle and Gateshead across the Tyne whilst still complimenting the existing famous bridges across the river. This was the winning design, the world's first tilting bridge. When ships need to pass...more
The Sage is Gateshead's ultra modern, futuristic, purpose built arts, music and conference venue. It's used for a wide variety of purposes from concerts to political rallies so what you'll get will depend on what you are going to. It is a good venue generally though. There are good bars and catering facilities and wonderful views over the Tyne as...more
BALTIC is a Contemporary Art Centre which opened in 2002 and is housed in former flour mill on the River Tyne in Gateshead. BALTIC hosts regulars exhibition from artists all over the world and locally in the community featuring contemporary art projects. I thoroughly enjoyed visiting BALTIC where I was able to see new art and I had got ideas and...more
The world's first tilting bridge was opened in November 2000. Consisting of two steel arches, the bridge changes into a single arch like the opening and closing of a giant eye. This is the River Tyne's only foot and cycle bridge and it connects Newcastle and Gateshead. It looked pretty spectacular even on a dull overcast day. I'd have loved to have...more
Opened in July 2002, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world. The building is a former flour mill and inside there are exhibits of contemporary visual art. As well as the displays, the building itself is fascinating to look round. It has six floors, the top floor is home to a roof top restaurant. On the 4th floor there is an external...more
Variously described as "inspiring" and a potential death-trap for passing motorists, the 150-tonne body and wings stands on the site of the pithead baths of the former Team Valley colliery on Tyneside. With a wingspan wider than a Boeing 767, the 20m high by 54m wide steel sculpture is one of north-east England's best known and most controversial...more
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This restaurant is one of the poorest chinese restaurants in the UK! The place is run by teenagers that can hardly speak english and whos idea of customer service is the customers doing their work for them. The food is at best plain and average and at worst inedible and cold. They charge £ 8.99 for the buffet on Fridays and Saturdays and an more expensive banquet during the rest of the week. Their opening hours are so inconsistent so its best to phone ahead to see if they are actually open. they also do take away and deliveries but we were told by another customer that you can wait up to 2 HOURS for a delivery just two streets away from the restaurant. It is well best avoided as there are much more superior and better value restaurants in the surrounding area.
Favorite Dish: None of the food was worth recommending.
Metro Centre is an enormous Shopping Complex with several malls.
In addition to the general High Street stores like Marks and Spencer, bhs, Topshop and Topman, HM, Debenhams, Boots, Waterstones, Carphone Warehouse , Claire's, Evans etc, there is an IKEA, DFS.
In fact it would take several days to cover everything.
Most of it is under one roof with a central hub and then the Blue Mall, Green Mall, Yellow Mall and Red Mall.
What to buy: what takes your fancy
What to pay: from a few ponds to thousands
The Angel watches over travellers along the A1, and it is probably the most impressive and best loved piece of public sculpture commissioned for some time
the sculpture is 20 metres high and stands on foundations dug 20 metres into solid rock
it is fixed in place using 32 tons of steel and 700 tons of concrete
the Angel weighs 208 tons, each wing weighs 59 tons, and the wings span of 54 metres is almost that of a Jumbo jet
costing £800,000 the structure was designed by Anthony Gormley and built at Hartlepool Steel Fabricators by 20 men working full time for six months
Fondest memory: you can walk right up to the Angel and walk under its wings, but the best views are from the road or rail line