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Portobello is an area of Birtley, which is situated within the borough of Gateshead in Tyne & Wear and physically linked to Chester-le-Street, which lies across the county border in County Durham. Part of the old Chester-le-Street Rural District until 1974, since then the area has been considered part of greater Birtley which lies within the historic boundaries of County Durham and uniquely, retains that county’s postcodes and its postal town remains Chester-le-Street. Overlooking the area and situated on high ground to the north of Birtley, on the site of the baths of the old ‘Betty Ann Pit’, is the infamous sculpture by Anthony Gormley, “the Angel of the North”. As much a feat of engineering as a work of art, the steel sculpture stands 20 metres (66 feet) tall with a wingspan of 54 metres (178 feet), greater than that of a Boeing 757 and weighs 200 tonnes, making it Britains largest sculpture which has to withstand winds of up to 100mph in its exposed location. Erected on site in 1998, the Angel cost nearly £800,000, controversial due to the relatively deprived nature of the surrounding area. It has become, however, an icon landmark and a symbolic ‘gateway’ to the North of England.


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Travelodge Washington A1(M) Southbound (0.48 miles)

Travelodge Washington A1(M) Southbound

Located on the A1(M), close to Washington, this Travelodge provides contemporary quality accommodation and an ideal base for exploring the surrounding area. Spacious en-suite rooms, TV in every room, tea and coffee making facilities, free ... More | visit website

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Bowes Incline Hotel (0.61 miles)

Bowes Incline Hotel

Reopened on 5th February 2007, the transformation of The Bowes Incline Hotel is now complete. The Hotel maintains the 18 en-suite rooms and warm, friendly welcome which have made it extremely popular with visitors to ... More | visit website

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Holiday Inn Washington (0.67 miles)

Holiday Inn Washington

Between historic Durham, Sunderland and Newcastle, the Holiday Inn Washington hotel is ideally located in Tyne and Wear, just off the A1M junction 64. This long-established hotel is well known for its friendly staff and ... More | visit website

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Premier Inn Newcastle (Washington) (0.67 miles)

Premier Inn Newcastle (Washington)
Situated just off junction 64 of the A1(M), centrally positioned between Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham City. For shopping, the MetroCentre is only a short drive. Other attractions include Durham County Cricket ground, the Angel of ... More | visit website
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Campanile Hotel - Washington (0.79 miles)

Campanile Hotel - Washington

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Ideally located just of junction 64 of the A1(M), the Campanile Washington offer excellent value for money. All our comfortably furnished rooms have en suite facilities, including TV (with sky channel), direct ... More

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Old Manse Guest House (0.85 miles)

Old Manse Guest House

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We are situation between the city of Durham and Newcastle both highly desirable city breaksand for their Historical points and of course their fabulous night life. Locally we have the ... More

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Quality Hotel Sunderland (1.58 miles)

Quality Hotel Sunderland

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A modern purpose built hotel ideally located for easy access to Newcastle, South Shields, Washington, Durham and Sunderland. Ideally located in the tourist paradise of Catherine Cookson country. With 24 ... More

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Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf & Spa (2.17 miles)

Mercure Newcastle George Washington Hotel Golf & Spa

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With good access by road to Newcastle, Sunderland and Durham, this hotel boasts excellent facilities, including a restaurant, brasserie, lounge bar, beauty salon and an 18-hole championship golf course. The hotel makes ... More

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Ravensworth Arms (2.26 miles)

Ravensworth Arms

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The Ravensworth Arms stands on the site of Clubdon Hall, and takes it's name from the nearby Ravensworth Castle. The pub can boast a wealth of literary connections: Lewis Carroll ... More

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The Plough Inn (2.28 miles)

The Plough Inn
The Plough Inn has recently been refurbished to it's true character of a classy country pub. The restaurant is warm and friendly offering a wide range of home cooked food and home baked pies. There is ... More | visit website

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