Overlooking the main road into the city, the Angel of the North provides a dramatic welcome to Newcastle. Believed to be the largest angel sculpture in the world, this stunning piece of public art first spread its wings back in February 1998. Since then, it’s become one of the most viewed sculptures in the world. Seen by some 33 million people every year, it’s something that the locals are quite rightly proud of. You may have glimpsed the Angel when you were driving past, but nothing beats the thrill of seeing this masterpiece up-close. If you’re staying at one of our Newcastle hotels, you’ll be able to visit at sunrise or sunset for the most spectacular of photos - no filter required.
Angel of the North
The Angel of the North
The 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.
There is plenty of parking and the ground is flat, making it accessible for pushchairs, wheelchairs or people using walking aids. In summer, there is usually an ice-cream van, but there aren’t any toilet facilities.
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.
Getting to The Angel of the North
Standing on the outskirts of the city, you’ll need to plan your journey to the angel. Or make getting there a breeze by booking into a hotel near the statue. Premier Inn Newcastle South is just a ten minute drive away, or try Premier Inn Newcastle Team Valley which is just off the A1. Or book into our Newcastle Washington hotel. At just three and a half miles away, it only takes six minutes on the A1.
Wherever you're travelling from, follow the brown tourist signs and you’ll easily find the Angel of the North situated just off the A1.
If you’re taking the bus, head to Eldon Square bus station where the 21 and 22 routes offer frequent services to the Angel of the North.
Driving from Newcastle Airport? You’ll be standing underneath the Angel of the North in around 15 minutes.