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 history of the city and 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 North East. 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 from some trains, and has parks and green around it making an excellent picnic area for families.
How to find the cheapest train tickets to Newcastle
There are a number of ways in which you can find cheap train tickets to Newcastle to help you save money and explore the city. Whether you are getting a train to Newcastle for work or leisure, our Journey Planner can help you find the cheapest available tickets on the days you want to travel.
The first way you can get your hands on cheaper train tickets to Newcastle is by using a national Railcard. If you travel more than a few times a year, buying an eligible Railcard can allow you to save up to 1/3 off the price of your train tickets*, meaning you can spend more on things to see and do in the city. To see the different types of Railcards, eligibility requirements and to buy a card online, check out our Railcards page. Railcards cater to different age ranges and circumstances so, from the Senior Railcard, to the Disabled Persons Railcard and the newly-introduced 26-30 Railcard (Millennial Railcard), you'll be sure to find your match.
Another way to save money on train tickets to Newcastle is by purchasing an Advance ticket. In most cases, the earlier you book Advance tickets, the more you will benefit from cheap fares to Newcastle. Advance tickets typically go on sale 12 weeks in advance, so if you are off to hit the shops or have a night out on the town in mind, simply look out for the “Advance ticket” type when you search for tickets using our Journey Planner, or sign up to our Ticket alert to find out as soon as your tickets go on sale. Make sure you book these tickets as early as possible, because the longer you wait, the more the price can go up.
You could also travel at Off-Peak periods, buy Return train tickets instead of two singles and catch the train with 3-9 friends and benefit from a GroupSave discount. To find out more, visit our types of train tickets page and see useful ways to get the best value train fares.
Want even more handy hints on how to save money on train tickets? Check out our cheap train tickets page.
*Conditions and peak travel time exclusions may apply on some Railcard types.