The Sage Gateshead

Sage Gateshead is an international home for music and musical discovery, bringing about a widespread and long-term enrichment of the musical life of the North East of England.

The inclusive approach enables all performance, learning and participation programmes to be constantly inspired and supported by each other.

Driving - From the A1(M)/ A1 Take the exit signposted (from the South) Gateshead and Newcastle (Centre) A184 or (from the North) Gateshead A184. Keep in the left-hand lane of A184 signposted Gateshead town centre. At roundabout, take third exit, signposted Gateshead town centre. Go straight through two sets of traffic lights. Get into the right hand lane to go straight over at a third set of lights. At the fourth set of lights, turn left onto Oakwellgate and immediately right under the railway bridge up the steep slope into our car park, or second right to the drop-off point, or blue badge parking.

From Newcastle Centre: From the Tyne Bridge, go through the pedestrian traffic lights, under the railway bridge and straight across the next traffic lights. At the next lights, take the left signed Gateshead Quays and East Gateshead (NOT the loop signed Consett or Metro Centre). At the first lights with Mecca Bingo on your right, turn left onto Oakwellgate. Stay in the right hand lane under the railway bridge and take first right into our car park or second right to the drop-off point or blue badge parking.

From the Swing Bridge: Go straight up Bridge Street, which turns into Cannon Street: as the road bears round to the right, go left for the drop-off point or blue badge parking or follow the road right into Oakwellgate and take the first left to our car park just before the railway bridge.

The Tyne & Wear Metro -  Any ticket for a performance at Sage Gateshead entitles one person to free Metro travel to Gateshead from any Metro station and return on the date shown on the ticket. Free travel is available for up to two hours before and after the performance. Please retain ticket for inspection. Travel is subject to Metro published terms and conditions. At stations with ticket gates in operation, just show your ticket to the member of Metro staff on duty at the gates.

From Gateshead Metro, 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.

Rail - The nearest station is Newcastle Central (around three hours to London King’s Cross, one and a half hours to Edinburgh). If you arrive into Newcastle Central Station you can choose to either catch the yellow Quaylink Q bus from outside Central Station (about fifteen minutes), walk across the Swing Bridge from Central Station (about fifteen minutes) or take a taxi (about eight minutes).

By Air - Sage Gateshead is a twenty-five minute drive from Newcastle International Airport. A direct Metro link is available from the airport to Gateshead Interchange (around 30 minutes); then follow pedestrian signs for Sage Gateshead or catch the yellow Quaylink Q1 bus.

By Bus - The bright yellow Quaylink buses run every 10 minutes during the day, around every 20 minutes during the evenings and directly serves The Sage Gateshead. The Quaylink Service 1 (Q1) starts from both Newcastle Central Station and Gateshead Interchange. It takes 10 minutes from Central Station to The Sage Gateshead; the last return bus leaves The Sage Gateshead at 11.59pm. It takes 4 minutes from Gateshead Interchange, with the last return service leaving The Sage Gateshead at 12.28am.

By Coach - Newcastle coach station is operated by National Express and is situated at St James’ Boulevard just a ten minute walk from the Metro at Central Station.

Sage Gateshead has its own car park with lift access situated directly behind the building. (Please note Mill Road car park, situated at the bottom of the steps near the Millennium Bridge, is not operated by Sage Gateshead).

  • Up to 30 minutes: FREE – go straight to the exit with your ticket.
  • Up to 1 hour: £1.90
  • Up to 2 hours: £3.50
  • 3 hours or more: £4.80 – Pre-payment required before entering the building.

If you are staying for 3 hours or more and pre-payment is not made, then an hourly rate of £1.90 will apply to your visit. Pre-payment charges will cover until 6am the following day, at which point an hourly rate of £1.90 will apply.

Payment machines are available at the top and bottom of the car park stairs. You can pay by cash or debit/credit cards. The machines provide change and there is a free cash machine inside the building next to the ticket office.


Bar Yes
Restaurant Yes
Capacity 1640
Location Gateshead