Gateshead

Joined to Newcastle by seven bridges across Tyne and Wear is the bustling town of Gateshead. Also surrounded by the rivers of Tyne and Wear, Gateshead is a unique waterside town, famous for its hugely iconic Millennium Bridge, which has been awarded the Stirling Prize for Architecture. The town also boasts famous landmarks like the Angel of the North and contemporary arts centres, the Sage Gateshead, and Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Take the whole family along to the Green Flag-winning Saltwell Park, a must-see for all visitors. Ornamental gardens, playgrounds, boats and mazes are just some of the attractions this park offers. To find out more about Gateshead’s art and history, pop over to St. Mary’s Heritage Centre, resting by the River Tyne. Spend an evening at the Little Theatre for top-grade shows, after a day of shopping at the stylish, newly-developed Trinity Square.

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Only a town like Gateshead could make a car park interesting – the old Trinity Centre Car Park, now demolished, gained popularity after being featured in the 1971 film starring Michael Caine, ‘Get Carter’. The car park was designed by famous British architect Owen Luder, and many campaigned to have the structure listed as a place of special interest. Although unsuccessful, the campaign was supported by none other than Sylvester Stallone.

What else is it that makes Gateshead so unforgettable? Well, the town is quickly becoming an ‘open-air art gallery’, and already, over fifty pieces of public art are spread throughout the town and along the river Tyne. These include ‘Acceleration’ by John Creed, and ‘Opening Line’ by Danny Lane. Go on a tour and try to spot all these pieces, not forgetting Lulu Quinn’s interactive piece on the high street – an innovative sculpture that shares the personal story of the locals. By renting a self-catered cottage, you give yourself the freedom to be part of this quickly-growing artistic town, exploring its various scenes during an entertaining an undeniably cultured holiday with family or friends.