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The Sage Gateshead
The Sage Gateshead is the newly opened international centre for music designed by Norman Foster. It is part of the redevelopment of Gateshead Quays, including the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art and the Gateshead Millenium Bridge.
For further information about the area including local attractions, events and hotel accommodation see: www.visitnewcastlegateshead.com
From the A1: Take the exit signposted (from the South) Gateshead and Newcastle (Centre) A184 or (from the North) Gateshead A184. Keep in the left-hand lane of A184 signposted Gateshead town centre. At roundabout, take third exit, signposted Gateshead town centre. Go straight through three sets of traffic lights. At the fourth turn left onto Oakwellgate. Take first right immediately under the railway bridge up the slope into The Sage Gateshead car park, or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.
From Newcastle Centre: From the Tyne Bridge, go through the pedestrian traffic lights, under the railway bridge and straight across the next traffic lights. At the next lights, take the left signed Gateshead Quays and East Gateshead (NOT the loop signed Consett or Metro Centre).
At the first lights with Mecca Bingo on your right, turn left onto Oakwellgate. Stay in the right hand lane under the railway bridge and take first right into The Sage Gateshead car park or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.
From the Swing Bridge: Go straight up Bridge Street, which turns into Cannon Street: as the road bears round to the right, go left for the drop-off point or blue badge parking or follow the road right into Oakwellgate and take the first left to The Sage Gateshead car park just before the railway bridge.
There is a public car park at The Sage which costs 90p per hour, paid on exit. Further parking is available in Gateshead and Newcastle centres, within two to fifteen minutes walk. See The Sage website, visitor information section for further information (www.thesagegateshead.com)
The nearest mainline train station is Newcastle Central Station. From there you can either: Catch the QuayLink bus direct to The Sage (ten minutes journey). Take the Metro one stop to Gateshead (a couple of minutes journey time then either a ten minute walk to The Sage Gateshead or catch the QuayLink bus from Gateshead Interchange). Walk across the Tyne Bridge from Central Station (twenty minutes). Take a taxi (about ten minutes).
By bus or coach
Gateshead Metro and Bus interchange is a 10 -15 minutes walk to The Sage Gateshead or a short bus ride. There are regular buses from Newcastle and around the region, and the Metro runs from Newcastle centre, the airport, the coast and Sunderland.
For further information about bus and metro journeys, contact Traveline on 0870 6082608 or visit:
The Quaylink bus service takes 5 minutes from Gateshead Interchange to The Sage. The service runs every 30 minutes until 11.00 am, then every 10 minutes.
On foot from Gateshead Metro: The route from the Metro and Bus station is signposted to Gateshead Quays and The Sage. Exit onto West Street. Turn left and walk down to the traffic lights. Turn right onto Askew Road, straight over the traffic lights at the end of Tyne Bridge and then left at the next traffic lights onto Oakwellgate. The Sage Gateshead is on your right. This walk takes about ten minutes.
Newcastle Coach Station for National Express coach services is situated at St James's Boulevard, 10 minutes walk from the Metro at Newcastle Central Station.
Newcastle International Airport is located about 6 miles to the north of the city, and is about 20 minutes away by car or taxi, or 30 minutes by metro.
Refreshments are available in the bars, café and brasserie at The Sage. There are also many restaurants, cafés and bars in the Quayside area.
The Sage Gateshead is fully accessible for people with disabilities. However, flat access to seats in the auditorium is limited, particularly for wheelchair users as there is a limited number of wheelchair spaces.
Prams and buggies can normally be used in the foyer spaces. These can be stored folded up free at the Coats desk on the Concourse. Car seats are not allowed inside the auditoria for safety reasons, but these may also be left at the Coats desk.
There are toilets on each floor of The Sage Gateshead.