It finally happened when Mr Grumpy (my husband) and I decided to do a day trip to Gateshead to see this iconic landmark.
You might be thinking we are crazy to drive 3-hours one-way from Birmingham to Gateshead. However, visiting the angel of the north was totally worth it.
You maybe be wondering why visit the angel of the north? What is its purpose and meaning?
The angel of the north is famous for its towering heights and modern art expression. It has also been seen in various music videos and films. It was a unique sculpture since the day it was erected. The purpose of the Angel of the north is to symbolise the generational transition from the old industrial age to the new informational age and symbolism to commemorate the coal miners who worked in that site in the dark for 200 years. It is also a constant reminder of hopes and fears for the people.
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Where is the Angel of the North
If you are looking for directions to the Angel of the North. It is located at Durham Rd, Low Eighton, Gateshead NE9 7TY in Newcastle in the North-eastern part of England. Depending on where you are coming from, especially by car, you can just simply put the postcode NE9 7TY or click this link to show you in Google Maps.
How to get to the Angel of the North
There are a few number of options that you can do to visit the Angel of the North in Gateshead. Here are the common ways and F.A.Q about how to get to the Angel of the North.
- Can you see the Angel of the North from the train or from the A1
Yes, absolutely! You can definitely see the Angel of the North whether you are on the train or from the A1. The modern art statue is so tall that it is towering the whole landscape. You surely can’t miss it either due to its distinctive design.
- Can you visit the Angel of the North
Yes, definitely. This guide will help you on how you can visit this iconic landmark in the UK.
- Can you park at the Angel of the North
Yes, there is a small car park right at the side of the park where the Angel of the North is located. See follow this link to take you to the designated car park to visit the Angel of the North.
- Train and Bus to the Angel of the North
If you are taking public transport to visit the Angel of the North, you need to do multiple transfers from Newcastle train and metro to reach the Gateshead station. From here, you need to go to the bus stop (Gateshead Interchange – Stand L) and take the Bus 21 Angel towards Durham. You can follow this link to help you with the public transportation route to visit the Angel of the north.
Where is the best place to see the Angel of the North
The best place to see the Angel of the North is by the grounds where it is located. You can appreciate the enormity of the sculpture and its art.
Here are some interesting facts about the Angel of the North
The Angel of the North was created by Sir Antony Gromley OBE.
In 1994, Sir Antony Gromley was selected as the winning artist that will design a statement statue. On 1998, the Angel of the North first spread its wings and was unveiled to the public. It is believed to be the largest angel statue in the world up to this date and has been an iconic landmark in Gateshead and the UK.
The statue has a 54-metre wingspan which is much larger than a Boeing 757. It is 20 metres high, the same height as a 4-storey building and weighs around 200 tonnes. It is made from high-quality steel that is enough to make 16 double-decker bus. The structure will last for more than a hundred years. The total cost of the Angel of the North was around £800, 000.
The gender of the Angel of the North is still unknown and it seems like it’s up to your imaginative interpretation of the sculpture.
Hotels and Campsites near the Angel of the North
You can find various Inns, hotels and campsites near the Angel of the North by visiting this link.
I hope that inspired you to visit one of the iconic sculpture in the UK.
I hope my drone footage of the Angel of the North will add more inspiration to see it very soon.