Bridges on the Tyne

Posted: 09 Oct 2023

Take a tour of the Tyne, starting your walk on the Gateshead side of the river. 

It's best to head out of Gateshead Interchange on the West Street exit and start walking down the hill through Trinity Square you can turn right down the main bridge across the Tyne. Tyne Bridge was opened in 1928 and was once the longest single span bridge in Britain at the time. It is also synonymous with the Sydney Golden Gate Bridge, with a similar design and colour scheme, just slightly different weather patterns effecting it. To celebrate its 100 years the bridge is going to be fully restored, with a repaint, including an overhaul of the lighting and the road deck to improve its surface for the next 100 years.

The iconic blue and white steel constructed Queen Elizabeth II bridge dominates the skyline in terms of colour scheme and carries Metro cars on a two-track system with tunnels at each end, the view from the metro looking east towards the sea is spectacular seeing the heart of the city and vibrancy of the Quayside from above. Looking west you can see Gateshead Staiths and Dunston on clear sky day when visibility is at its best.

The Millennium Bridge is located further down the river, a key part of the Quayside regeneration of the 2000s. it was the first and only unique tilting bridge in the world and lit up every night in a variety of colours linked to world days. In recent years its played host to a New Year’s Eve laser show. Its also featured in countless North East dramas including 55 degrees North and, more recently, Vera. 

Another famous bridge, just under the green arches of the Tyne bridge is the red and white painted historic Swing bridge. Linking both sides of the more historic area of the city with central Gateshead at river level. This bridge was designed and engineered by Lord Armstrong, opening in 1876. It is now owned and operated by the Port of Tyne Authority. 

As you cross the swing bridge towards the Newcastle side there is much to explore on the Quayside with historic pubs and the world-famous Hard Rock Cafe. Alongside that you can head up the steps directly under the High Level Bridge to bring you out at Newcastle's actual castle ( yes, Newcastle really does have an actual castle) and then head west along the arches to bring you back out at Central Station, where can you jump back on the Metro.





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