Gateshead is a large town in Tyne and Wear, England, and the main settlement in the Metropolitan Borough of Gateshead. Part of County Durham until the creation of Tyne and Wear in 1974, the town lies on the southern bank of the River Tyne opposite Newcastle upon Tyne. Gateshead and Newcastle are joined by seven bridges across the Tyne, including the Gateshead Millennium Bridge. The town is known for its architecture, including the Sage Gateshead, the Angel of the North and the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art. Residents of Gateshead, like the rest of Tyneside, are referred to as Geordies. Gateshead's population in 2011 was 66,382. Climate in this area has small differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round to meet the criterion for Oceanic climate, at least 30 mm per month. Gateshead is situated very close to some of the most beautiful countryside in England, with forests, moors and beautiful beaches only 45 minutes away.