Newcastle (a city on the north bank of the River Tyne) and Gateshead (a town on the south bank of the River Tyne) have been transformed into a single cultural and cosmopolitan visitor destination: NewcastleGateshead.
The two places are closely linked - by seven bridges across the river – with visitor attractions and a year-round events programme making it one of the most vibrant and exciting cities in the England. Visitors to the area are drawn to sample attractions, galleries, live performances, sporting events, museums, restaurants, hotels and much more in both Newcastle and Gateshead - with easy pedestrian access from one to the other in a matter of minutes via one of the bridges, including the award-winning Gateshead Millennium Bridge.
Three of the area's most high-profile contemporary attractions (BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, international music centre The Sage Gateshead and world famous public art Angel of the North) are all in Gateshead, while Newcastle brings a wealth of history and heritage (along with its world-class contemporary developments), plus an incredible choice of cosmopolitan nightlife, to the successful partnership: NewcastleGateshead.
When it comes to city breaks laced with cultural events, stunning landscapes that mix modern structures with historic hidden gems, and sophisticated city living minutes from the coast - few destinations have what it takes to tick all the boxes for the perfect short-break.
Fine dining, late night-shopping and year-round festivals and events make NewcastleGateshead more than just a party city. Linked by seven iconic bridges the two places form a cultural hub that is home to such wonders as BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Life Science Centre and of course, the iconic Angel of the North.
The compact city is a great place to relax with friends, snuggle in a smart city hotel with someone special and create memories that last a lifetime. Every year we welcome visitors from across the world for the annual EAT! NewcastleGateshead food festival; Juice - NewcastleGateshead’s Festival for Children and Young People; and Evolution Weekender – the largest urban music festival in the country.
NewcastleGateshead is also a world-class destination for theatre with Live Theatre, Northern Stage and Theatre Royal Newcastle providing everything from new writing, contemporary classics and West End musicals.
Within minutes of the city is the stunning North East coast. Its award winning Blue Flag beaches boast the best surf outside of Cornwall and are the perfect location for more leisurely outdoor pursuits and traditional seaside attractions.
So whether you’re looking to soak up local history, relax on the city’s cosmopolitan quayside or take in some culture, NewcastleGateshead has it all.
“The city that gave us Gazza may well have been raised on Coal, but today is a cosmopolitan out-post of bars, and home to artisan craftsmen and women.”
Metro (London), 14/11/2012
"Elegant is not a word many people associate with Newcastle. Urban? Yes. Dynamic? Possibly. But elegant? Hmm. Yet this word keeps springing to mind as I walk from the quayside into the central district of Grainger Town."
National Geographic Traveller, 01/09/2012
"NewcastleGateshead looks set to become an even bigger player when it comes to business tourism and hosting large-scale conferences in the future."
“In Newcastle, nine miles west along the Tyne, the talk is of creative hubs and digital start-ups. But I head out to the coast, where Newcastle has traditionally paddled it’s feet and now catches the wave.”
The Times, 02/06/2012
“On the Gateshead side of the river… the brick bulk of the BALTIC towers above the quayside – once a flour mill, it’s now a centre for contemporary art exhibitions. Next door, The Sage Gateshead concert hall reflects the river in its curvaceous glass panels and beyond it stretches the unmistakable panorama of those seven bridges that span half-mile stretch of water. So far, so good.”
The Travel Editor, 13/04/2011
"NewcastleGateshead is unarguably one of the UK's leading lights when it comes to the arts. This year's events programme is second to none, as both sides of the River Tyne play host to numerous events across all art forms."
The Guardian, 13/02/2010
"The North-East is home to some of England's best waves. Swells come out of the maelstroms of the Artic Ocean and rumble down the North Sea. Longsands Beach, Tynemouth has nurtured some of the UK's top surfing talent -such as Sam Lamiroy, Gabe Davies and his brother Jesse, who operates Rise Surf school here. Jesse has travelled the world taking on the best waves, and in Tynemouth he guides beginners through their first steps and helps intermediates with one-on-one coaching."
The Independent 20/06/2009
"Everywhere you look you find relics of the city's colourful past…across the river in Gateshead, the Baltic Centre, the largest modern-art gallery of its kind, stands in a landmark industrial building."
The Times, 25/07/2008
"Its party reputation is still well-deserved, but Newcastle is more than just a night out – it’s a breeding ground for avant-garde art and cutting edge culture too."
TNT Magazine, 09/07/2007
Facts & Figures
- Students rated Newcastle’s universities as best for nightlife on the Which? University guide, launched in September 2012.
- In 2011 the BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art became the first non-Tate venue outside of London to host the most prestigious contemporary art prize in Europe – Turner Prize.
- Lonely Planet’s Great Britain guidebook (published March 2011) named Newcastle as “the hipster capital of the northeast”.
- Newcastle was named Most Sustainable City in the UK for a second year running in October 2010 by Forum for the Future. Projects ranging from an electric car hub, with nearly 600 charging points, to an urban bees programme, helped Newcastle to feature strongly in all 13 indicators.
- Newcastle was voted third best city in Europe (second in the UK behind London) for Nightlife in tripadvisor’s Travellers Choice Awards 2010.
- Newcastle was named best UK party city for New Year’s Eve by The Times, 2009.
- North East England is tipped as a must-see destination by Lonely Planet Blue List 2008.
- The Sage Gateshead was named as one of the top ten best buildings of the last 100 years in England by The Rough Guide, May 2008.
- The Angel of the North was named as the UK’s most recognisable landmark in a survey by Travelodge in May 2008.
- Grainger Town won the Academy of Urbanism’s coveted ‘Great Neighbourhood’ Award 2008 at a ceremony on 9 November 2008 beating off stiff competition from London’s Soho and Dublin’s Temple Bar.
- Newcastle was voted ‘Best City in the North’ by Daily Telegraph readers in April 2007.