The Best Hotels to Book Near the Angel of the North, UK

The Angel of the North is a sculpture by Antony Gormley in North East England
The Angel of the North is a sculpture by Antony Gormley in North East England | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Lucie Grace

The North East of England is brimming with attractions and sights, but the most emblematic of them all? The Angel of the North by Antony Gormley. Here are the best places to stay nearby – now bookable with Culture Trip.

Standing proudly between Durham and Newcastle, on a panoramic hillside in Gateshead, the Angel of the North is the largest sculpture in Britain and viewed by 33 million people a year. The pride of the North East of England, the sculpture is just one of a myriad of sights to reel you into the hotel scene in Newcastle and Gateshead, which offers an assortment of restored and renovated period properties as well as the most modern architecture in the region.

1. Bowes Incline Hotel

Pubs with Rooms

Bowes Incline Hotel
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Nothing says “Britain” like a warm country pub. This welcoming and traditional watering hole not only has all the fittings and trappings of a Victorian-era inn, but it’s also been renovated into a fine hotel. Enjoy a Sunday roast or a few pints of ale at the wooden island bar before retiring to one of the comfortable, spacious bedrooms. Based in Gateshead, it’s perfectly placed for visiting the Angel of the North, too.

2. Eslington Villa


Eslington Villa
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This cosy Victorian villa near Gateshead will make you feel so at home that you won’t want to leave. Its 18 bedrooms are all individually designed to contemporary standards but with Victoriana touchpoints – so you’ll stay in the height of comfort, particularly, if you request the suite with a decadent standalone bath. The award-winning restaurant is not to be missed, with dedicated chefs crafting seasonal offerings from local produce.

3. Beamish Hall Country House Hotel


Beamish Hall Country House Hotel
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A stately home with a sprawling history that dates back to the 13th century, this elegant hotel is a treat to behold. Thanks to its period features and antique interiors, a stay here will transport you back in time – without losing all the 21st-century creature comforts. It’s ideally placed for a visit to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, which is just next door and one of the most visited attractions in the North.

4. Beamish Park Hotel

Golf Hotel

Beamish Park Hotel
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Also local to Beamish, the Living Museum of the North, is this contemporary, airy hotel in Durham. Giving calming views of nearby rolling hills, this place prides itself on a serene atmosphere, helping guests to have a peaceful stay only a 10-minute drive from Newcastle. It also boasts an 18-hole golf course and a golf school on site if you’re keen to improve your swing.

5. Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Hotel du Vin & Bistro Newcastle
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This red-brick Edwardian property was once the offices of the Tyne Tees Ship Company, and the hotel’s luxurious design gives a fair few nods to that maritime history. Found on the banks of the River Tyne in Downtown Newcastle, this hotel is not only in the heart of the action but also lavish and decadent, with rooms and suites designed to pamper discerning guests and a wine cellar that will impress even the most experienced sommelier.

6. The Vermont Hotel


The Vermont - Newcastle Upon Tyne
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With over 100 bedrooms piled onto 11 floors, this goliath of a property brings a slice of 1930s grandeur to the heart of Newcastle. You couldn’t ask for a more convenient location – at a stone’s throw from Newcastle Central Station – or for a friendlier welcome. There are five bars and restaurants on site to choose from, but it’s the rooftop venue, Above, that really takes the cake, with stunning views of the city and river below.

7. Malmaison Newcastle

Boutique Hotel, Chain Hotel

Malmaison Newcastle
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This swanky, large boutique hotel is housed in a beautiful old warehouse on the River Tyne. Inside, the decor is a vision of millennial-friendly motifs, clearly designed with a young, cool crowd in mind. If the outlandish design doesn’t reel you in, then the luxurious spa on site is sure to do it, tempting you to pause your northern tour for a pamper session.

8. INNSiDE Newcastle


INNSiDE Newcastle
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This quayside hotel is a sleek, modern affair based in the very centre of Newcastle. If serene, minimalist decor in bright, spacious rooms sounds like your vibe, this is the spot for you. The delicious Italian fare served at the in-house restaurant, presided over by celebrity chef Gino D’Acampo, treats guests to riverside views as well as top-class dining. A bowl of clam-covered spaghetti smothered in garlic, parsley and olive oil is guaranteed to be the perfect end to a busy day of sightseeing.

9. Grey Street Hotel

Boutique Hotel, Independent Hotel

Grey Street Hotel
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This award-winning boutique is an oasis of calm in Central Newcastle, with funky interiors and playful design guaranteed to delight short- and long-stay visitors. The onsite restaurant, Leila Lily’s, is not to be missed. The brightly painted space is home to more than jazzy decor – it has the only Mibrasa Charcoal oven in the city. If you’ve never heard of one of these, know this: it sumptuously laces dishes with a smoky, barbeque aroma and taste that you won’t forget in a hurry.

10. Maldron Hotel Newcastle


Maldron Hotel Newcastle
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Based in Grainger Town, one of the vibrant riverside districts in Newcastle, this modern accommodation is ideally based for your Angel of the North and city break. As well as boasting riverside views of the great bridges of the Tyne, the Maldron is home to a courtyard restaurant that’s perfect for a peaceful lunch date, dinner with the family or a few cocktails with friends. It’s the unbeatable service from the exceptionally friendly staff that will keep you coming back, though.

For more conveniently located UK stays, see the best hotels near the Olympic Park in London and the best hotels near Tower Bridge. They’re bookable now with Culture Trip. Alternatively, get the most out of your stay up north by visiting the best music clubs in the region.

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