Each time I visit I am blown away by the bracing, breezy feistiness of this 2,000-year-old settlement. All cities are places, but only a few are personalities.
The Times (May 2009)
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.