Feel tiny as you marvel at The Angel of the North

Gateshead, Tyne and Wear

This colossal steel angel is the UK’s best-known piece of public art, and an unforgettable site to visit.

One of the country’s best-loved contemporary artworks, Antony Gormley’s Angel of the North towers over windswept countryside in northeast England.

The awe-inspiring sculpture first spread its wings in February 1998. Over 150,000 people visit the artwork each year, and it’s easy to understand why – it’s colossal, yet peaceful, and is a photographer’s dream. 

The Angel of the North is thought to be the largest angel sculpture anywhere in the world. At 54m (177ft) wide and 20m (66ft) high, it is taller than four double-decker buses and has a wingspan as wide as a jumbo jet. Made of steel, it weighs 200 tonnes – the body 100 tonnes and the wings 50 tonnes each. 

There are frequent buses to The Angel of the North from central Newcastle. Newcastle itself is 2 hours 50 minutes north of London by rail.

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