Found to the south of the River Tyne, Newcastle Gateshead is filled with culture, fantastic views, and many great attractions. From cultural and historical sights to fun days out for all the family, Gateshead is a refreshing alternative to the busy city centre of Newcastle.
Best Bar: Join the mix of clientele at The Forth Bar (Pink Lane, Newcastle) where there's a wide range of ales and bottled lager.
Best Restaurant: The Big Mussel (The Quayside, Newcastle) has the finest selection of seafood in Newcastle.Best Sight: Jesmond Dene Park is one of Newcastle's hidden gems located in an old wooded valley. Surrounded by waterfalls and a water mill, The Dene is ideal for a leisurely stroll.
Housing two main stages with amazing acoustics, a 26 room music education centre, a music information resource area, four bars and a brasserie, the Sage Gateshead is amongst the finest venues in the country. Although its own orchestra, the Northern Sinfonia, is at the centre of its classical programme, the Sage Gateshead hosts all types of music from all over the world. It is also home to a number of music learning and participation programmes, which are open to people of all ages and levels of experience.
This incredible venue is only a 11 minute walk from our Gateshead Quays hotel!
Gateshead International Stadium
From hosting many national and international sporting events, including athletics and rugby, to staging rock and pop concerts, the Stadium is a major feature of Gateshead and it’s only a 20 minute walk from our Quayside hotel. As well as being the current home of Gateshead F.C., the stadium also has many useable facilities such as a gym, an indoor athletics training hall and 5 outdoor football pitches with over 1.7 million people using it annually. There is also a range of sports activities and courses for all ages.
The Tanfield Railway is a fantastic day out for all the family. A 22 minute drive from Gateshead, the 3-mile steam railway is the oldest in the world with the train based on a 1725 Tanfield Waggonway Engine pulling along a variety of vintage carriages. You can also explore the Marley Hill Shed, the oldest working engine shed in Britain (since 1854), which continues to house a vast collection of used locomotives.
Once aboard, the train’s journey first heads through the beautiful Causey Woods towards the 1727 Causey Arch Bridge where there are a number of walks with display boards offering local history of the area. The Tanfield Railway also runs multiple events, some depending on the season, so it’s worth checking ‘what’s on’ before your visit, as well as the opening times and prices.
Saltwell Park and Saltwell Towers
Based in the heart of Gateshead, only a 11 minute drive from Jurys Inn Gateshead, Saltwell Park is a stunning Victorian Park with a lot to enjoy. Spread across a total of 55 acres, the park features various woodlands and ornamental gardens, a lake with boats for hire, a maze, play areas for kids, an educational centre and the striking and spectacular Saltwell Towers. With a tea room, an exhibition on the history of the park, and pieces of local art, there is just as much inside the Saltwell Towers as there is outside!
Saltwell Park is open from dawn to dusk throughout the year, including public holidays.
The Namco Funscape is Gateshead’s entertainment hub and features a number of enjoyable games including state of the art Tenpin Bowling lanes, the fastest dodgem track in Europe, a spectacular bar with American pool tables and 28,000 square feet of arcade machines.
Only a 16 minute drive from Jurys Inn Newcastle Gateshead, Namco Funscape is perfect for a fun filled night out.
The Angel of the North
Probably the most iconic site in the North of England, The Angel of the North is synonymous with Gateshead. Antony Gormley’s stunning piece first spread its wings in February 1998 and can be seen from all around, though it is a good idea to see it up close to appreciate its magnificent grandeur! Standing at 20 metres tall with a wingspan of 54 metres and made form 200 tonnes of brown, weathering steel, it can withstand winds of over 100 miles per hour. Just a 20 minute drive from Jurys Inn Gateshead Quays, the site is a unique part of the North’s culture –learn more about the Angel of the North’s history today!
BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Arts
Based in an old converted flour mill over-looking the River Tyne, the striking BALTIC Centre is amongst the largest galleries in the world. Set across 4 diverse gallery spaces and with an evolving schedule of exhibitions, events and activities, any visitor will be given a captivating and unique insight into the world of modern art. The BALTIC also provides a range of other services such as seminars, courses and workshops for any aspiring or established artists to learn from.
Although there are exhibitions by established, ‘big name’ artists as well as smaller, emerging artists the BALTIC does not keep a permanent collection so make sure to check ‘what’s on’ for current exhibitions. Luckily it’s only a 3 minute walk from Jurys Inn Gateshead!
Shipley Art GalleryHosting a brilliant and inspiring range of art and design, the Shipley Art Gallery is a 35 minute walk from Jurys Inn Gateshead and is one of the best galleries to visit in the North East. Alongside iconic paintings such as William C. Irving’s ‘Blaydon Races’, the gallery is one of the largest collections of contemporary craftwork featuring everything from ceramics to furniture. The building itself is a beautiful example of Edwardian architecture and is a Grade II listed building making the Shipley Art Gallery an essential visit.
Only a 16 minute drive from Jurys Inn Gateshead, the intu Metrocentre is one of Europe’s largest shopping and leisure centres. With around 330 shops from well known department stores such as Debenhams and Marks and Spencer to independent outlets, as well as of over 60 restaurants, cafes, and bars, the intu Metrocentre has everything a shopper needs. Fan of the cinema? The Metrocentre also houses the only IMAX cinema in the North East.