Gateshead is a borough of contrasts being made up of a number of smaller urban centres and busy employment areas such as Low Fell, Blaydon, Whickham, Felling and Birtley based around the main town centre area situated on the south side of the River Tyne directly opposite from Newcastle and connected via seven bridges, Gateshead is perfectly placed within Tyne and Wear for those looking to commute. However around two thirds of the borough is rural with numerous smaller settlements such as Kibblesworth, Sunniside, Chopwell and High Spen.


Getting around the North East couldn't be easier with the area benefiting from a host of transport links to include rail stations operated by Tyne & Wear Metro leading to Sunderland, Newcastle and beyond and Northern Rail station with trains running to Middlesbrough and Newcastle, with some services carrying on to Carlisle, Edinburgh and London Kings Cross. Gateshead Interchange is the busiest bus station in Tyne & Wear with buses providing easy transport around the region. Several major road links pass through Gateshead, including the A1 and the A184.

Shopping & Leisure

Gateshead has a wide range of retail facilities for shoppers to enjoy such as Metrocentre being the UK’s largest indoor mall-style shopping centres, conveniently situated beside the A1, Retail World Team Valley and Gateshead Trinity Square boasting Tesco Extra alongside Vue Cinema, Argos, Boots and more. To the south lies Low Fell with a good range of local shops. Major initiatives such as the Sage Gateshead Music Centre, BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead College and the Gateshead Millennium Bridge have all been developed over recent years.


For those with finding the right school at the top of their agenda then don’t look too far with a range of local primary and senior schools which can be found around the Borough and of course, not forgetting Gateshead College boasting six campuses, for academic and vocational courses.

Local History

Gateshead is a large Town in the North East of England, situated on the Southern Bank of the River Tyne, opposite its neighbour Newcastle Upon Tyne.  Historically Gateshead was part of County Durham, but the Town was made its own county borough under the Local Government Act 1888.   There has been a settlement on the Gateshead side of the River Tyne since Roman times. Tyneside has always been associated with industry, especially coal that has been mined here for hundreds of years, although coal mining arrived in Gateshead rather later than the rest of County Durham.  However as time went on, more and more coal was produced and in the mid-sixteenth century Gateshead and Whickham contained the most productive coal fields in the World.  Another old industry recorded in Gateshead was quarrying. 

5 Reasons to Live in Gateshead

  1. Wide variety of houses from Victorian to Modern Executive Homes
  2. The Arts & Culture - The Sage, Shipley Art Gallery & The Baltic
  3. Plenty of Parks, Gardens, and other outdoor spaces to enjoy such as Saltwell Park, Gibside, Watergate Forest Park
  4. Great for families with an excellent choice of schools and Gateshead College which is currently ranked as Number 1 College in England by student achievement
  5. Gateshead is a Northern Powerhouse with a variety of job opportunities and with great transport links to other, larger cities such as Newcastle Upon Tyne

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