Things to See & Do in Gateshead

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Gateshead has a wealth of things to see and do including visiting the magnificant Angel of the North, The Gateshead Millennium Bridge and keys and the Sage entertainment building.

Use our attraction guide below to plan your trip – you’ll need more than a day to see it all so make sure you check out our accommodation guide for the best places to stay.

Things to See & Do

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art is an international centre for contemporary art located on the south bank of the river Tyne at the foot of the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. BALTIC, the major international centre for contemporary art, opened on 13 July 2002. The landmark building is situated on the south bank of the River […]

Bowes Railway

The Bowes Railway is the only preserved rope-hauled railway in the world. Dating from 1826 and designed by George Stephenson, it passed into the Bowes family hands in 1850, who operated it until it was nationalised in 1947. Visitors are given a unique insight into how coal was moved from local collieries to the Tyne […]

Derwent Walk Country Park

Woodlands, riverside meadows and the Derwent Walk (a disused railway line). Served by Thornley Woodlands Visitor Centre and Swalwell Visitor Centre. Also including the Northern Kites project which is one of the northeast of England’s most high profile wildlife initiatives. It aims to return breeding red kites to the region whilst providing its communities and […]

Gateshead Beer Festival

Third Gateshead Beer & Music Festival Following our very successful Beer Festivals in 2010 & 2011 we are once again holding the event on the first May bank holiday. It will be Friday 4th May, Saturday 5th May and Sunday 6th May. We will again have over 100 different beers from all over the country but we will […]

Gateshead Tourist Information Centre

Gateshead Tourist Information Service has made an exciting move to new premises within the main concourse of The Sage Gateshead, one of Gateshead’s iconic landmarks. The magnificent Norman Foster building in the heart of the Gateshead Quays development area, is an international home for Music and Music Education. Open All Year * Closed: Christmas Day […]


Escape to this tranquil nature reserve: a grand forest garden and landscape park created by one of the richest men in Georgian England. Gibside offers miles of woodland and riverside walks with views across the Derwent Valley. Explore an architectural gem of a chapel, see red kite soar above the famous tree-lined avenue, discover our […]

Saltwell Park

Saltwell Park, based in the heart of Gateshead, it is one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian Park. The park has seen an amazing transformation and has been restored to its Victorian splendour. It encompasses 55 acres of landscapes, woodland and ornamental gardens as well as public sports facilities, a refreshment house, a lake, […]

Tanfield Railway

A 3-mile steam railway and the oldest existing railway in the world, based on a section of the 1725 Tanfield Waggonway Trains with variety of 100-year-old Victorian carriages. Travel into the scenic Causey Woods where the 1727 Causey Arch bridge is the centre piece in a deep valley with many walks and display boards giving […]

The Angel of the North

Up close it’s enormous, if you stand beside it the top of your head is in line with the top of its feet. Weighing in at over 200 tonne’s the Angel takes the form of a human figure. At 20 metres high, the Angel is higher than a five-storey building. Its wings are 54 metres wide – […]

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne between Gateshead on the South bank, and Newcastle upon Tyne on the North bank. The award-winning structure was conceived and designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre.           How the design works The bridge is made up of a […]

Watergate Forest Park

Site of the former Watergate Colliery and ‘Gateway’ site for the Great North Forest. Lake, woodlands and wildflower meadows; National Willow Collection Sculptures Marked routes including easy access for all route. Public events are often held at this site.