Millennium Bridge

The bridge was lifted into place in one piece by the Asian Hercules II (see above pic), one of the world's largest floating cranes on 20 November 2000. It was opened to the public on 17 September 2001, and was dedicated by The Queen on 7 May 2002. The bridge, which cost £22m to build,

Millennium Bridge, Nudecastle upon Tyne
A New York-based artist persuaded
1,700 Geordies to get up in the dark, strip off and spend three hours with a north-easterly whipping round their bits, all in the name of art


Gateshead Millennium Bridge

Featured on a first class stamp in 2000
36,000 people lined the banks of the River Tyne to watch the bridge tilt for the first time on 28 June 2001
Each opening and closing takes four and a half minutes
Has concrete foundations stretching to 30 metres, anchoring it to the river bed

It appeared on a pound coin from the Royal Mint in 2007

Millennium Bridge Photographs brought to you by

The Felling Heritage Group