What is the Angel of the North?
The Angel of the North is one of, if not the most iconic landmark in North-East England. The towering Angel has made countless TV appearances. People from far off have come to see it as the symbol of the North-East. To Geordies, the Angel of The North has come to signify home.
Contrary to the belief of many, the Angel of the North can be found in Gateshead, not Newcastle. Antony Gormley’s famous sculpture is visible from the A1 motorway near Gateshead.
How do I get to the Angel of the North?
The Angel of the North is visible from the A1 because it’s right next to it! So, it’s easy to access from the motorway. Just take the exit for the A167 from the A1 and the sculpture is a stone’s throw away.
There’s a car park right next to the Angel. It’s open 24 hours and there are 26 car parking spaces available. Just to warn you, it can get busy on hot summer days. Make sure you get there early for a spot!
The Angel is also really accessible if you’re travelling by bus, whether that’s from Gateshead or Newcastle. The 21 bus leaves Newcastle Eldon Square and Gateshead Interchange every 8 minutes.
The journey from both bus stations is short and painless. Your trip from Newcastle to the Angel will take 20 minutes. And, it’s an even shorter 10 minutes from Gateshead’s main station.
The 21 stops right in front of the Angel of the North, so it’s pretty hard to miss your stop. Also, the bus stop for the return journey is visible on the other side of the road. You really can’t go far wrong.
What can I do at the Angel of the North?
Stroll up to the sculpture and admire it’s awesomeness
Lot’s of people ask – “is the Angel of the North worth seeing?”. As a proud Geordie Koala, Eric Knows says YES! The popular piece of public art is seen by more than 33 million people per year. Be one of them!
There’s a pathway leading right up to the sculpture. So you can walk right up to it and admire its enormity. The Angel of the North 4 double decker busses tall and its wingspan is nearly the same as a jumbo jet. You really have to see it to believe how big it is.
Grab the North-East’s best photo opportunity
On a busy day, you’ll see hundreds of people grabbing a photo with the north’s favourite Angel. It probably is the best photo opportunity in the North-East.
Ok, we do have the amazing bridges, the beautiful quayside and an incredible cityscape. But, when you take a picture with the Angel of the North, people just know where you are.
Grab a photo at the Angel’s feet (yes, you can get that close). Or, get one of the landscape and the large bronze figure looming over the top of you.
Pick up a Coffee or Ice Cream
Right next to the car park, you’ll spot a coffee stall and ice cream van during the day. Why sightsee without snacks and caffeine? Pick yourself up a 99’ with a flake and an americano. Soak in the Angel of the North in style.
Picnic and frolic in the fields nearby
Ok, you may not be a fan of frolicing. But everyone loves a picnic. And there’s plenty of space for one near the Angel of the North. The Angel is surrounded by grassy areas, trees and flowers. So, bring a blanket, pick your spot, and enjoy the views and the food.
There are 4 disabled parking spaces available at the Angel of the North
There are no public toilets. Which of course means no accessible toilets.
Guide dogs are, of course, welcome
A path with a moderate slope runs all the way from the car park to the base of the Angel. Meaning the Angel’s base is accessible to wheelchair users and pushchairs.
There are benches for sitting and viewing next to the car park. The benches are a great option for those with mobility issues that may struggle with the sloped path.