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Things to do in Gateshead

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world - presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Beautiful architecture, and wonderful acoustics. A wide range of live music to suit all tastes”
  • 37 locals recommend
School
“Not far from Newcastle Central station and well worth a visit. It’s patron is the co-discoverer of DNA, Dr James Watson.”
  • 15 locals recommend
Monument / Landmark
“Completed in 1998, it is a steel sculpture of an angel, 66 ft tall, with wings measuring 177 ft across. The wings are angled 3.5 degrees forward to create, according to Gormley, "a sense of embrace". The angel, like much of Gormley's other work, is based on a cast of his own body.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Discover all about life in Newcastle and Tyneside, from the area's renowned maritime history and world-changing science and technology right through to fashion through the eras and military history. The museum is bursting with interactive displays, which makes it the perfect place to learn and have fun. Free - Donations welcome.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC presents an ever-changing calendar of dynamic, diverse & international contemporary visual art exhibitions and events.”
  • 19 locals recommend
Point of Interest
“Very nice place to go for an evening walk so to relax. there are few pubs and restaurants too closer if you get hungry or fancy a drink.”
  • 11 locals recommend
Museum
“Not that new anymore, this medieval structure is what gives Newcastle its name. First built by the son of William the Conqueror. Open to visitors 10am - 5pm with family events usually in school holidays.”
  • 9 locals recommend
Gym / Fitness Centre
“ 55-acre park with gardens, woods, a boating lake, bowling greens, plus a visitor centre and cafe.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Park
“Park around the corner. On startdays 9 am there’s a Park Run starting from the top of the main green.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Entertainment
“Metro Arena is around 10 minutes drive if that where there are many concerts held.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Bowling Alley
“ A nice Inner city bowling alley with a bar. I would advise booking in advance as It gets busy”
  • 10 locals recommend
Grocery or Supermarket
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“Enormous 24 hour Tesco Extra less than 5 minutes walk for everything you need.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Place to eat
“Small and friendly theatre showing a wide variety of new plays. Ideal if you are on a budget and willing to sample new productions. Situated on the quayside.”
  • 5 locals recommend
Place to shop
“Newcastle Quayside Market has been part of North East culture for as long as anyone can remember. Taking place each week between 9AM and 4PM at Newcastle Quayside on a Sunday, the famous outdoor 'Quayside Sunday Market' features independent traders from all over the region selling handcrafted goods and local products. Boasting a vibrant and varied showcase of quality goods and produce, you'll find everything from jewellery and accessories, to artwork, ceramics, clothing, toys and handmade crafts from the vendors who attend each week. There's also a number of street artists and buskers to help create the warm, friendly atmosphere that the North East is known for, so you'll be fully immersed in Geordie culture.  ”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Art Gallery
“Housed in a landmark industrial building on the south bank of the River Tyne in Gateshead, BALTIC is the biggest gallery of its kind in the world - presenting a dynamic, diverse and international programme of contemporary visual art.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Bar
“Brought to you by the same people who have Wylam Brewery and By the River. Cosy pub on the quayside with a roof terrace under the Tyne Bridge.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Pub
“Good beer downstairs with great bar snacks (home made pork pies etc) and a great restaurant upstairs featuring the best of British bistro food. ”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Lovely food and some of the best views of the city whilst you eat - particularly if you request a table by the windows. Situated on the 6th Floor of the Baltic Art Museum.”
  • 4 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Michelin Starred seafood in a Grade I listed building. This is definitely on the outside edge of "walking distance" being further along the river, but it's worth including in this guide.”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Authentic Indian Cuisine. AMAZING food, fantastic atmosphere. Recommended +++”
  • 3 locals recommend
Night Club
  • 3 locals recommend
Restaurant
“AVEIKA is a contemporary Restaurant, Grill & Late Bar nestled in the heart of Newcastle’s iconic Quayside. Asian fusion food and fantastic cocktails. ”
  • 3 locals recommend

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