If you’d like to soak up the culture, head to the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art, which has an ever-changing calendar of exhibitions or the Sage Gateshead, a centre for live music with a variety of concerts and performances throughout the year.
Or browse Shipley Art Gallery, a free gallery in Gateshead with a range of exhibitions and events for all ages. And don’t forget about the famous Angel Of The North.
You might also enjoy a visit to Saltwell Park in the heart of Gateshead. Described as “one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian Park”, Saltwell is home to 55-acres of gardens and woodland, a boating lake, bowling green, visitor centre, café and more.
The beautiful quayside has stunning architecture and, as well as being a cultural hub has a wide range of bars and eateries as well as easy access via the Millennial footbridge to the regional capital of Newcastle.
Most of the neighbourhoods and villages in Gateshead have their own selection of cafes, restaurants, bars and pubs.
Gateshead is home to Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre – the Metrocentre. The centre is home to high street shops, designer brands and big-name department stores as well as family-friendly entertainment, restaurants and bars.
Gateshead’s countryside, parks and gardens offer a peaceful stroll through woodlands, along trails and beside the meandering river at rural hotspots including Derwent Walk, Chopwell Wood and Watergate Forest Park. Or visit the popular outdoor attraction, Gibside National Trust for a brilliant family day out in Gateshead.
Discover the region’s industrial past with a visit to the world’s oldest railway – Tanfield Railway and take a steam train ride throughout the year, with the popular North Pole Express wowing the crowds during the festive season.