Gateshead is fast becoming one of Britain’s most vibrant cultural quarters; with dynamic architecture, artistic vigour and lively cultural scene, the city provides an exciting and energising place to visit. Wonderfully warm locals welcome visitors like long lost siblings, providing insightful advice on which pubs serve the best ale and which attractions they’ll find most alluring. Immerse yourself in the crackling cultural scene in order to enjoy some of Britain’s most renowned art and architecture, while also enjoying the rich historical heritage of the city.
Hailed as one of Britain’s most iconic attractions, the rusted and remarkable Angel of the North sculpture captured the imagination of Britain with its eerie and ethereal quality. Created by prominent artist Anthony Gormley, the sculpture represents the industrial heritage of the area and can be seen up close after just a short drive from Gateshead.
Another fine example of Gateshead’s artistic vigour is the Millennium Bridge, a futuristic structure that straddles the River Tyne. The elegant curves of the bridge are best seen at night when they glitter like jewels and cast an ethereal glow on the water. The bridge has the ability to tilt when boats pass beneath it, so observe a while to maximise a chance of seeing this arresting display.
Testament to the city’s vibrant culture is the Shipley Art Gallery, an expertly curated collection of art hailed as the North-East’s leading gallery. Fine art dates back to the 18th century while more contemporary exhibitions focus on the cosmopolitan cityscape with over 500 objects made in different parts of the word.
In a magnificently modern setting that exudes sophisticated style, the Brasserie at The Sage restaurant offers diners a truly unique experience; classic British cuisine is given a revolutionary twist while still retaining the rich and robust flavours of age-old recipes. The restaurant’s signature dish best exemplifies the creative culinary concept; crispy black pudding is topped by soft fried eggs and accompanied by rich rashers of bacon to create an alternative full English breakfast. (The Sage Gateshead, St. Mary's Square, Gateshead, Tyne And Wear, NE8 2JR )