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Angel of the North

Overlooking the main road into the city, the Angel of the North provides a dramatic welcome to Newcastle. Are you ready to explore one of the country’s most famous pieces of public art?

Angel of the North
Angel of the North


Work began on the Angel of the North in 1994 when Antony Gormley was asked to produce a sculpture on a site outside Newcastle. The angel was chosen as it touched on the north east's industrial heritage, its transition to the modern age and our changing hopes and fears. 

Completed in 2008, the sculpture stands 20 metres tall and is made from 200 tonnes of steel. At 54 metres across, the angel’s wings are tipped at a slight angle to create the feeling that it’s embracing you.

Getting there

Standing on the outskirts of the city, you’ll need to plan your journey to the angel.

Eating and drinking

From the Angel, head into the nearby town of Birtley and you’ll find everything from classic cafés and international eateries to old fashioned pubs and modern British cuisine. Sunarga Indian restaurant is great if you want to spice things up, while the Barley Mow has a great Sunday roast.

Looking for a hotel in Newcastle?

We have a huge range of fantastic hotels in the North East for the business and leisure traveller. If you're on business, check into our airport hotels. We also have a range of hotels ideally located for a weekend break away. Plus, there are hotels near Newcastle University and a collection of budget hotels for the price conscious  Whichever part of Newcastle you’re planning to visit, you’ll find a selection of comfortable Premier Inn hotels nearby.