Gateshead Millennium Bridge, an engineering marvel

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The iconic Gateshead Millennium Bridge is a pedestrian and cyclist tilt bridge spanning the River Tyne. Designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects and engineered by Gifford, the award-winning structure is also known as the ‘Blinking Eye Bridge’ or the ‘Winking Eye Bridge’ due to its shape and tilting method. the bridge takes its place at the end of a line of distinguished bridges across the River Tyne, including the Tyne Bridge and Robert Stephenson’s High-Level Bridge. It contains enough steel to make 64 double-decker buses and each opening and closing takes four and a half minutes.

If you are travelling on a pleasure boat up the River Tyne, you will pass under the bridge. On daily basis, those watching from the banks of the river join the thousands who enjoy the sight of the Millennium Bridge tilting on its axis. The bridge not only serves a functional purpose as the River Tyne’s only foot and cycle bridge, but its grace and engineering also attract people from all over the world.

Embassy Hotel is just a 13-minute drive away from Gateshead Millennium Bridge.

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