Newcastle has a Metro system allowing widespread access to all areas of the city. Visitors can also take a cruise on the river and get a different perspective of both Newcastle and, on the southern side, Gateshead.
The Discovery Museum has in its entrance hall the Turbinia, one hundred feet long and the first steam turbine powered ship in the world, built by a local engineer. The Newcastle Story exhibition is a walk through the fascinating past of the city that uses animated characters to bring the tales alive.
The interactive Life Science Centre uses the latest in entertainment technology to explain the scientific secrets of life. Imaginative games and 3D motion-simulator rides both entertain and educate. In winter an enormous open-air ice rink opens to the public from November to February.
Art lovers can browse through the Laing Art Gallery, the premier art collection in the northeast. The permanent collection exhibits classics of British art, including work by Burne-Jones, Holman Hunt, Ben Nicholson and Gillian Ayres, as well as international representation from Gauguin and Bomberg.
Sculptor Anthony Gormley's monumental Angel of the North can be seen to the south of the city and has parks and green around it making an excellent picnic area for families.