Gateshead, located in Tyne and Wear, is situated on the banks of the River Tyne, near Newcastle Upon Tyne. As the main settlement, the area offers a range of restaurants, shops and accommodation option. Visitors will also find there are numerous public art works in the local area, including one of the largest sculptures in the country, The Angel of the North. The sculpture is so tall; it can be viewed from the south of town. The town is easily accessible from other areas and also offers public transportation options, making it easy to see the sights.
The English town of Gateshead is located within the county of Tyne and Wear. The town of Gateshead is located on the southern banks of the River Tyne across from Newcastle-upon-Tyne. The town centre of Gateshead and the city centre of Newcastle as close to each other and they both together form the urban area of Tyneside. The town of Gateshead is the main housing settlement within the Metropolitan area of Gateshead.
The town of Gateshead is home to the Metro Centre and this is the largest shopping centre within the European Union. The trading estate that is known, as Team Valley is the original and largest purpose built commercial estate within the United Kingdom.
The council of Gateshead recently sponsored the development of the Quays cultural Quarter within Gateshead. The developments included the bridge that is known as Gateshead Millennium and this bridge was built during 2001 and in 2002 it won the architectural prize within the James Stirling competition. The Baltic Centre, which shows Contemporary Art, was established within a flourmill that had been converted.
Norman Foster designed the Sage Gateshead and it was designed as a venue for performing arts and music. The Sage Gateshead opened during 2004 on the 17th December. The town of Gateshead hosted the garden festival during 1990 and this led to the rejuvenating of about two hundred acres of derelict land and this has now mostly been replaced by housing.
The town of Gateshead is home to a range of public art works and these include the Angel of the North and this is one of the largest sculptures within Britain. The Angel of the North is about twenty meters in height and hs a wing span of about fifty-four meters.