Home of the Angel of the North, Gateshead stretches far to the south of the seven bridges which link its northern border to its larger cousin, Newcastle. Much like its neighbour, Gateshead is a northern powerhouse and cultural metropolis, with internationally renowned shopping centres and one-of-a-kind arts centres, all of which line the banks of the River Tyne. Whether you're looking for architecture or countryside, culture or coastline, Gateshead's got you covered.

Head first to the stunning Quayside in the north of the town, with awe-inspiring architecture and dozens of buzzing bars and restaurants with cuisine from every corner of the world. The breathtaking views of the bridges as they cross the River Tyne is one of the iconic images of the north-east and is a must-see for any visitors to the town. Be sure to take a stroll on the Gateshead Millennium Bridge - the only tilting bridge in the world - before you leave.

Next up, get ready to shop till you drop at Europe’s largest indoor shopping centre - the intu Metrocentre - home to everything from Apple Stores to ZiZi’s in amongst its 300-plus shops. There’s always the luxury champagne bar or many restaurants to enjoy when you can’t shop anymore.

If you came to Gateshead for culture, you won’t leave disappointed. The BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art - in a former flour mill on the banks of the Tyne - is biggest gallery of its kind anywhere in the world with an incredible range of exhibitions and displays.

Last but not least, make sure you get a good look at the Angel of the North before you leave - there are several great viewpoints across the city, so it’s impossible to miss.

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