Located in the centre of Tyne and Wear county, Gateshead is a town on the banks of the River Tyne, opposite Newcastle; together they form the Tyneside urban area. With a population in the region of 79,000, it has established itself as a cultural centre in the north east, and is home to numerous modern monuments, including the iconic Angel of the North.
There has been settlement activity in the area since Roman times, but was mainly an agricultural area in the 12th century. Mining also brought wealth to Gateshead in the 1500s. The Industrial Revolution put it on the map as a metal working centre and locomotive producer.
These days Gateshead is more commercially oriented and industry doesn’t play that big a part of the economy. With shopping centres such as the MetroCentre, a multitude of businesses and the close proximity to Newcastle, it has actually developed quite well. Famous for modern architecture, some landmarks include the Sage at Gateshead and the Millennium Bridge, although Saltwell Towers is a wonderful example of 19th century design.
Due to its location, the town is actually well positioned for drivers to venture out and take in the countryside, of which there’s a lot. The Northumberland National Park, Yorkshire Dales and North York Moors are all within reach, but once you leave built up areas behind, you don’t have to go very far in order to find some quality driving roads.
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