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"The Baltic" BALTIC, Gateshead Tip by jayhawk2000

BALTIC, Gateshead, Newcastle upon Tyne: 20 reviews and 48 photos

  Christian in front of the Baltic
by jayhawk2000

A riverfront industrial building converted into an art gallery, adjoining a landmark bridge. Welcome to the 'Tate Modern of the North', the Baltic.

Both are bold architectural statements specialising in contemporary art and have helped to revitalise a rundown area, accessed by a stunning pedestrian bridge.

But in some ways the Baltic falls short in comparison. The gallery space in the old flour mill is surprisingly small, even tiny on some floors, and the lack of a permanent collection means the changing exhibitions can be hit-and-miss.

You'll also be disappointed by how little you see of the Tyne as the one observation platform is puny and the rooftop restaurant requires advance reservations.

However, you won't soon forget a ride in one of the three glass lifts that overlook the Sage and Tyne bridges.

Admission is free and the shop is excellent. Open daily 10-6 (till 8 on Thursdays).

Address: South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Directions: On the south side of the Tyne across from Newscastle at the foot of the Millennium Bridge
Phone: 0191 478 1810

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Sep 5, 2005
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