Discover the Majestic Angel of the North in Gateshead

by | Nov 24, 2021 | Explore Newcastle

Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North, the UK’s most iconic piece of public art, first spread its wings in February 1998. Standing at an impressive 20 meters high and with a wingspan of 54 meters, this colossal sculpture is taller than four double-decker buses and as wide as a jumbo jet. It is reputed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world. Situated on a hill in Low Eighton, Lamesley parish, the Angel of the North attracts approximately 150,000 visitors annually. The site is promoted by NewcastleGateshead Initiative, aiming to inspire people to visit, live, learn, work, and invest in Newcastle and Gateshead.

The statue’s striking red hue makes it a prominent landmark visible from various points in Newcastle, including the A1 and A167 roads at Low Fell and the East Coast Main Line. Visitors can park in a small car park off Durham Road and take a short walk to reach the statue. Admission is free, and the site is accessible all day.

Fascinating Facts

  • The Angel of the North is believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world.
  • Its 54-meter (175-foot) wingspan exceeds the wingspan of a Boeing 757 or 767 jet.
  • The sculpture can withstand winds exceeding 100 miles per hour.
  • It is built to last for more than 100 years.

About Antony Gormley

Renowned sculptor Antony Gormley designed the Angel of the North. His works are exhibited worldwide, with major public pieces in the USA, Japan, Australia, Norway, and Ireland. In the UK, his sculptures are displayed in diverse locations, including the crypt at Winchester Cathedral and Birmingham City Centre. Gormley received the prestigious Turner Prize in 1994 and was awarded the OBE for services to sculpture in 1997. His exhibitions have graced the Victoria and Albert Museum, Tate Gallery, British Museum, and the Henry Moore Sculpture Gallery in Leeds.

Hotel Near the Angel of the North

For a perfect weekend getaway, the Angel of the North is just an 8-minute drive from the Embassy Hotel in Gateshead. This 3-star hotel is ideally situated in the metropolitan area of Tyne and Wear in Gateshead’s Lobley Hill, making it an excellent choice for both business and leisure stays. Conveniently located off the A1 with free parking, the Embassy Hotel ensures a smooth arrival. Guests can enjoy amenities such as tea/coffee makers, free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, and luxuriously comfortable Hypnos beds, providing a perfect base for your adventures or relaxation in the North East. Learn more at www.embassynewcastle.com.

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