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Plan your journey to Sage Gateshead
Whether you’re coming to enjoy world class live music, take part in a class or pay a visit to our iconic building, here’s some information to help you plan your journey. We also want to keep you up to date with traffic issues and changes to travel services so you can choose the best way to get to us.
By Public Transport
You can walk to Sage Gateshead from Newcastle Central station within 20 minutes (0.7 miles), or we’re less than 10 minutes (0.6 miles) from Gateshead Metro station. Alternatively, enjoy a stroll along Newcastle’s Quayside and across one of the historic bridges over the River Tyne. Remember, we’re on a hill so the last part of your walk here will be uphill unless you walk across the Tyne Bridge or High Level Bridge.
Plan your route by using the map at the bottom of this page.
Sage Gateshead is situated on the south side of the River Tyne, 0.6 miles from Gateshead Metro Interchange.
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 the Tyne Bridge and then left at the next traffic lights onto Oakwellgate. Sage Gateshead is on your right. This walk takes about ten minutes.
You can also travel from Gateshead Metro to Sage Gateshead via the Quaylink bus, which runs from the Interchange to Sage Gateshead around every 15 minutes. The bus drops off and picks up near our West entrance.
All Quaylink buses have kneeling suspension and telescopic ramps for wheelchair access, and real time bus information is displayed at our West entrance and exit.
Please note no Metro trains will run in either direction between St James and Tynemouth from Saturday, 16 July 2022 – Friday 29 July 2022. Find out more.
Due to construction works in the area our regular bus stop has been taken out of use by Go North East, whose Voltra 53 and 54 services currently stop closest to Sage Gateshead at Hawks Road (0.2 miles away, walking around the current construction site) and Hillgate Quay (0.1 miles away via an uphill path). Further service disruptions may be possible, so please check the latest timetables here – https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/services/GNE/53 or here – https://www.gonortheast.co.uk/services/GNE/54 before travelling.
We’re a 20-minute walk (0.7 miles) from Newcastle Central Station. And, what a beautiful walk it is down to the Newcastle Quayside and over either the historic Swing Bridge, or the stunning Millennium Bridge, to Sage Gateshead.
There are plenty of cycle racks available next to our entrances.
Our drop off point is right next to the West Doors.
If you’re coming from overseas, we’re a 25 minute drive (8 miles) from Newcastle International Airport.
Free Metro Travel
Anyone with a ticket for a performance at Sage Gateshead can travel on the Shields Ferry, or from any Metro station to the Gateshead stop, on the date shown on your ticket – absolutely free.
At stations with ticket gates in operation, just show your ticket to a member of the Metro team. Free travel is available for up to two hours before and after the performance – please hold onto your ticket for inspection. (Travel is subject to Metro published terms and conditions.)
We encourage those who are able to travel via public transport to do so, to help us to reduce our environmental impact.
If you do travel via car please be aware that there have recently been changes to the road layouts approaching Sage Gateshead, including bus lanes and diversion loops, which may take you via a different route than on your last visit. There are also development works in the nearby area, being carried out by Gateshead Council and their partners, which has resulted in some localised road closures and diversions.
We’re working hard to keep our audiences updated as and when development news is shared with us we’ll update this page. We also include travel information in the email that we send to all ticket holders approx. 24 hours before a performance or event, and will post on our social media channels any further updates. We do advise that all visitors travelling via car check this page at Gateshead Council’s website which features a useful map.
We recommend a number of local car parks:
Sage Gateshead car park: NE8 2BA
The postcode for our car park differs to the main building, please use NE8 2BA for sat nav systems. Our car park has 270 spaces, including designated disabled parking bays and motorcycle bays. The car park is chargeable onsite, with machines accepting chip and PIN cards, and cash. Please note that they do not accept contactless payment, including Apple Pay. Blue badge holders can ask for a free exit pass at our Box Office or Stage Door. Full details of our car park can be found here. The pedestrian access is 180m from our East door (Millennium Bridge side of the building) or 190m from our West door (Tyne Bridge side of the building).
There are additional disabled parking bays available directly at the rear of the main building. These spaces are not operated via ourselves. Please ensure that your Blue Badge permit is prominently displayed.
Church Street car park: NE8 2AT
This car park is approx. 320m from our West door (Tyne Bridge side of the building). The car park is operated by Gateshead Council, and you can pay using cash or the Pay By Phone app. Click here for more information.
Quarryfield Road Car Park: NE8 3AE
Quarryfield Road is a little further from Sage Gateshead, around 800m walk, and houses 555 spaces. The car park is operated by Gateshead Council, and you can pay using cash or the Pay By Phone app. Click here for more information
Mill Road Car Park
Please note that Mill Road Car Park is no longer operational. It is part of the Quays development site, with Gateshead Council and their partners, and was closed in 2020. The closest car park to Sage Gateshead is the venue’s own, as listed above, followed by Church Street.
Please note the areas around Sage Gateshead are being developed by Gateshead Council and their partners which has resulted in some local road closures and diversions. These are impacting typical access routes to Sage Gateshead, so please allow more time for your journey.
Please follow Gateshead Council’s diversion signage where applicable.
Construction in the area
Site preparation works have now commenced on the NewcastleGateshead Quays development, to the east of Sage Gateshead. This means changes to the South Shore Road Car Park, pedestrian and car routes.