The Quayside, Newcastle Upon Tyne: Old Film Footage

Quayside Newcastle upon Tyne Tyne&Wear England UK

The commercial docks of Newcastle’s Quayside are long gone. People now gather there to enjoy leisure time at the many hotels, bars and restaurants, wander across the Millenium Bridge, peruse modern art at The Baltic, and enjoy all tastes of music at the Sage. 

During the day, the area is busy with activity around the Law Courts and the many nearby office developments. Visitors can use office hours to visit The Bessie Surtees House (across the road from the Guildhall) for free.

Newcastle Quayside In The 1970s and 1980s

Newcastle Quayside 1970

Newcastle Upon Tyne & UK – Video from the past. Newcastle-Upon-Tyne Quayside In The 1980s

Newcastle Quayside 1983

Newcastle Upon Tyne & UK – Video from the past. Polythene bags and brown tape.

Newcastle Quayside In The 1990s

Tall Ships – Newcastle Quayside – 1993

Quentin Field-Boden: “Short clip of the Tall Ships berthed on Newcastle Quayside in 1993. Material recovered from an old Sony Video8 tape which had been kicking around in a bag at home for the last 20 years or so.”

Millennium Bridge Installation

Bill Halliday: “Archive footage from November 1999, a momentous event for Tyne & Wear, UK. An innovative footbridge, a Millennium Celebration and the 7th crossing linking Newcastle and Gateshead.”

The Quayside In The 21st Century

Gateshead Millennium Bridge Official Opening May 2002 part 3

Jonathanwallace: “Gateshead Millennium Bridge Official Opening in May 2002 by Queen Elizabeth.”

Very short and shaky, and the camera quality is bad (as were all mobile phone cameras at the time). But a rare clip of this important event.

Newcastle’s millenium bridge FAST

1 Mar 2007 Richard Evans: “This is the tilting and closing of the bridge in 1 min and 30 seconds.”


1 Nov 2008 marthita007: “at newcastle!!! lovely sunset!”


9 Jun 2010 broadoak2006

Tallulah… Newcastle Quayside

9 Aug 2010 biglesleyc

Street performer from the USA (and members of the public helping) on Newcastle Quayside.

Newcastle Quayside

9 Sep 2010 Alan Heath: “Newcastle’s historic quayside at night.  A great place to spend an evening!”

The picture shakes a lot, but the lighting makes it a lovely time of day to capture.

Newcastle Quayside Flooded

23 Sep 2010. Richard Shepherd: “Very heavy rainstorm this afternoon, Newcastle Quayside completely flooded to the point the fire brigade are pumping it away.”

“Newcastle Quayside”

17 Jun 2011. Brian Sturt

The Show Boat festival…. Newcastle Quayside

14 Aug 2011 SUSIEPIP: Beautiful light show by “walk the Plank” over The Swing Bridge, The Tyne Bridge and The Milennium Bridge in Newcastle, beautifully artistic, the video by no means does it justice, but is a reminder for us of a lovely summers evening on Newcastle Quayside. X”

Julien Dupont Vs The Gateshead Millennium Bridge | Bike

Gadgetwear: “On 23rd of August 2011, at 10.30am world renowned freestyle trials rider and Red Bull Athlete Julien Dupont, crossed the Gateshead Millennium Bridge which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year, in the most unconventional of ways.”

If you’ve seen the tilted Millenium Bridge in real life, you’ll know what an achievement this was! There are also plenty of clear shots of the onlookers.

Olympic Torch Zip Wire from Tyne Bridge, Newcastle Quayside

GoFindChannel: “The Torch Relay arrives in Newcastle (Day 28) Friday 15th June 2012 and Bear Grylls takes the Olympic Torch on a zip wire from the top of the Tyne Bridge to Gateshead.”

Bar 38 – Quayside – Newcastle Upon Tyne

14 Jul 2012 NightOutGroup: “This video is from Bar 38, on the Quayside in Newcastle Upon Tyne.”

Newcastle Quayside Flood… 05/08/2012

Amie Buck: “Flash flood in Newcastle… would you believe about 10 minutes before it was amazingly sunny?!?!”

Newcastle Quayside Flood, Must See !05/08/2012


HMS Mersey leaving Newcastle Quayside 12th September 2012

ALANSVIDS1: Departing from Newcastle Quayside at 13.30 with the Svitzer Sun standing by.

Newcastle, Gateshead Millennium Bridge

The Olympic Rings were placed on the Tyne Bridge in honour of London 2012.

2 Feb 2013 Umberto Faraglia: “Newcastle upon Tyne often shortened to Newcastle is a city and metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear, North East England. Historically the county town of Northumberland, of which it was part until 1974, it is situated on the north bank of the River Tyne centred 8.5 mi (13.7 km) from the North Sea.[3] The city grew up in the area that was the location of the Roman settlement called Pons Aelius,[4][5] though it owes its name to the castle built in 1080, by Robert (II), Duke of Normandy, “Curthose”, William the Conqueror’s eldest son. The city grew as an important centre for the wool trade and it later became a major coal mining area. The port developed in the 16th century and, along with the shipyards lower down the river, was amongst the world’s largest shipbuilding and ship-repairing centres. These industries suffered decline and closure. Newcastle’e economy includes a place as a corporate headquarters, learning, digital technology, retail, tourism and cultural centre.”

Independence – Newcastle, Quayside

7 Mar 2014 meltedBeetle: “Whilst waiting for the signal, I thought I’d ask a few people south of the border (Newcastle) what their thoughts on Scottish Independence.”

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