By the Quayside (Newcastle Upon Tyne May 2007)

I landed in Newcastle at 11AM, had lunch, took a nap and at 4:00 pm went to the Quayside  to look around. As I came from Muscat having a temperature ranging from 40-45C, the 10C in Newcastle was freezing for me. Newcastle lies at the north side of the River Tyne  and Gateshead on the south side. The Quayside has a promenade where one can enjoy a leisure walk by the River Tyne enjoying the view and fresh air. It is also lined with different restaurants and bars that makes the place vibrant even at night time.

The huge glass structure at the background is the The Sage Gateshead which is a landmark on Gateshead Quayside.

The Gateshead Millenium Bridge and the Tyne Bridge are one of the attractions by the Quayside. Although there are several bridges across the River Tyne, these two bridges that connects Gateshead and Newcastle Upon Tyne are the most famous.


Gateshead Millenium Bridge

The first tilting bridge in the world was opened to the public in September 2001 which was built for both pedestrians and cyclist. Whenever ferries needs to pass through, the bridge will tilt to ensure that the boats will not hit the bridge which will take approximately 8 minutes for the whole process to finish.

Please click the link below to see the tilting of this amazing bridge:

Timelapse of Gateshead Millenium Bridge

I am proud to announce that this photo below was chosen by the Newcastle Upon Tyne city guide to be featured in Schmap.com in Neighborhood Guide. You will find it if you click this link, go to Quayside and click on the left or right arrows of the photo gallery.

 http://www.schmap.com/newcastleupontyne/introduction_neighborhoods/#r=none&mapview=Map&tab=Places&p=1011D04&topleft=55.01749,-1.63576&bottomright=54.95948,-1.58752&i=1011D04_14.jpg

 

I need to feel to be a pedestrian of the Gateshead Millenium Bridge and set my restless feet on the first ever tilting bridge in the whole world! The Baltic flour Mills on the background is located on the Gateshead side at the south bank of the River Tyne.

I was not happy with one shot, I want more……………the background is the Newcastle Upon Tyne’s Quayside, the north bank of the River Tyne.


Tyne Bridge

The iconic structure of Newcastle Upon Tyne, the Tyne Bridge, was built in 1928. It also connects Gateshead and Newcastle. Unlike the Gateshead Millenium Bridge which was built for pedestrians and cyclist, the Tyne Bridge is crossed by various vehicles. When it was first built, a tram rail was also built on the bridge but was later removed in 1950’s.

Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to set my restless feet on the Tyne Bridge because I crossed it while riding the bus. This photo below was taken from the rooftop of the Castle Keep.

My regret is that I have been lazy due to cold climate to cross to the south bank of the River Tyne, the Gateshead side.  I should have discovered a lot more interesting things to add up to my collection of cherished memories.


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