Address: Gateshead Millenium Bridge, Gateshead NE8 3BA, UK

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Millennium Bridge History

Opened to the public in 2001, the bridge is seen as a jewel of the North-East and a focal point of a trip to Newcastle. It was designed by architects Wilkinson Eyre and engineers Gifford, and built by Volker Stevin, winning a host of awards in the process.

During construction it was lifted into place using one of the world’s largest floating cranes, with a total construction cost of £22 million.

Due to its capacity to be raised for ships to pass under and its design, the bridge is often referred to as the ‘blinking eye’ bridge or the ‘winking’ bridge.

It connects Newcastle and Gateshead, spans the River Tyne and is open to pedestrians and cyclists.

It has a total length is 126 metres and its width is 8 metres.

 

Millennium Bridge Visit

It’s an easy landmark to spot –  drive along the main road through Newcastle and when you cross the River Tyne, just look to the side. And it’s obviously a useful addition to Geordie life, it looks great and there’s certainly a feel-good factor about it.

It’s a pedestrian and cycle crossing, and extremely busy as it links the quays of Gateshead and Newcastle and their respective communities. There are a multitude of users – joggers, cyclists, strollers, roller-bladers, workers, shoppers, nightlife revellers etc. I suppose the siting of it plays a big part in its usefulness, as it specifically links the busy bar and restaurant area in Newcastle to the Cultural Centre on the Gateshead side.

Whilst the novelty may wear off after a few crossings, the bright crescent shape with its intricate design is a delight to see. This in contrast to the standard design of a normal bridge. And it’s the type of structure that looks as good, if not better the further away you go, with the crescent shape forming a wonderful silhouette.

It looks good as a static bridge, but becomes even more spectacular when the bridge rises to allow ships to pass. A great sight when sitting in the evening sun outside one of the riverside bars with a drink in your hand!