Beamish Open Air Museum (4 miles)
Beamish Open Air Museum
- makes the past comes to life. Beamish is unique. This is no ordinary museum but a living, working experience of life as it was in the Great North in the early 1800s and 1900s set in over 300 acres of beautiful countryside. A great family day out.
Centre for Life (10 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Centre for Life
Life is an award-winning Science Centre full of exciting exhibitions and activities. Life's science explainers are on hand around the Centre to help you get the most out of your visit. Life is home to the North East's only 4D Motion Ride, the biggest planetarium in the North, the Young Explorers' Zone for under 7s, a Science Theatre and various exciting permanent and temporary exhibitions.
Discovery Museum (10 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
Discovery is the North East's most popular free museum and the place to find out about life on Tyneside. From the area's renowned maritime history to world-changing science and technology it has something for everyone. The museum is bursting with hands-on interactives, which makes it the perfect place to learn through play.
Laing Art Gallery (10 miles)
Newcastle upon Tyne
Laing Art Gallery
A dynamic exhibition programme brings an exiting variety of art to your doorstep, while fun learning events encourage even the youngest children to get involved. Our impressive permanent collection includes work by John Martin and Henry Moore and an under 5s area.
Seven Stories (10 miles)
Newcastle Upon Tyne
The UK's first children's book museum. As well as oodles of books to examine, join in with dressing-up and dramatic fun, story times, creative writing and wordplay, illustration and craft activities.
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens (11 miles)
Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
Exciting hands on exhibits and interactive displays tell the story of Sunderland from its prehistoric past through to the present day. The stunning Winter Gardens stimulates the senses with over 1,500 flowers and plants brought together in a spectacular showcase of the world's natural beauty.
Stephenson Railway Museum (14 miles)
Stephenson Railway Museum
Re-live the glorious days of the steam railway at the Stephenson Railway Museum. Many fun activities for all ages are also held alongside varying exhibitions.
South Shields Museum and Art Gallery (14 miles)
The Bowes Museum (23 miles)
The Bowes Museum
A wonderful day of discovery awaits you and your family at The Bowes Museum! Explore the stunning galleries through interactive displays and get arty with our hands-on activities and events. From marvellous masterpieces to curious collections there's something for everyone at The Bowes Museum!
Preston Park and Museum (24 miles)
Stockton On Tees
Preston Park and Museum
As well as the Museum, Preston Park also has a range of permanent attractions including a safe surface children's play area, an exciting Adventure Play Ground (new from 2011) and many riverside and woodland paths. You can walk amongst hundreds of beautiful butterflies at Butterfly World, take a ride on the Tees Small Gauge Railway or cruise along the river on Teesside Princess.
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art (24 miles)
Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
is a leading gallery for modern and contemporary art and craft. mima’s family programme includes family guides, fun sessions for the under 4s, free Saturday afternoon family activities, and regular school holiday programmes.
Dorman Museum (24 miles)
With ever changing exhibitions - 8 galleries and 3 exhibition spaces, there's something for everyone and plenty of hands-on activities, objects and children's trails.
Newbiggin Maritime Centre (25 miles)
Newbiggin by the Sea
Newbiggin Maritime Centre
Discover life in a historic fishing village through the interactive exhibitions and thoughtful exhibits. It's next to a play park and a sandy beach with rock pools, so take a picnic and make a day of it!
Killhope Lead Mining Museum (26 miles)
Killhope Lead Mining Museum
Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum, take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, under 7s playpark, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family.
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum (31 miles)
Captain Cook Schoolroom Museum
Museum telling the story of Cooks early life and education in the Charity School, the village he grew up in and his adventures on the high seas.
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham (33 miles)
The Heritage Centre at Bellingham
A fabulous local history facility with oodles of interactive bits for younger kids to break up the visit. Regular events held, contact for details.
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum (35 miles)
Saltburn by the Sea
Cleveland Ironstone Mining Museum
The Museum today offers visitors an opportunity to experience the underground world of a real ironstone mine and to explore the skills, customs and life of the Cleveland miner. It was these miners that helped make Cleveland the most important Ironstone mining district in Victorian and Edwardian Britain.
Bailiffgate Museum (41 miles)
The people and places of North Northumberland are brought to life in lively, interactive style, through an exploration of six engaging themes. A mixture of traditional displays and exciting hands-on activities makes the Museum suitable for all ages.
Dales Countryside Museum (43 miles)
Dales Countryside Museum
Housed in the old Hawes railway station, this museum has many interactive and hands-on exhibits telling the story of the people and landscape of the Yorkshire Dales.
Ryedale Folk Museum (47 miles)
Ryedale Folk Museum
Large open air museum for all the family. The museum contains reconstructed buildings including a 1950s post office, iron age roundhouse, Elizabethan manor house and model village, and focuses on life in Ryedale through the ages. The museum also has a Blacksmiths, and livestock such as pigs, sheep and chickens.
Captain Cook Memorial Museum (47 miles)
Captain Cook Memorial Museum
Museum in the 17th century house on Whitby harbour where the young James Cook lodged as apprentice. Lots of exhibitions about Captain Cook and his life with rooms set out as they would have been.
Ripon Museum Trust (48 miles)
Ripon Museum Trust
is a group of three museums where you can go back in time and see what life was like in a Victorian prison, workhouse and courthouse.
Old Coastguard Station (52 miles)
Old Coastguard Station
National Trust visitor centre offers hands on models and colourful displays showing off the distinctive geology, impact of the elements, local wildlife and the secret history of smuggling along the North Yorkshire Coast.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (52 miles)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Beck Isle Museum (53 miles)
Beck Isle Museum
Museum in the small market town of Pickering, with an outdoor farm courtyard and riverside picnic area plus 27 themed rooms.
Grace Darling Museum (54 miles)
Grace Darling Museum
Learn the story of Grace Darling and discover the details of what happened that stormy night in 1838 when she and her father risked a terrible storm to help those in danger. A RNLI facility.
Eden Camp (58 miles)
Housed in an original POW camp, a visit to our award winning museum will allow you to experience the sights, the sounds and even the smells of World War Two.We present the most comprehensive display of British Second World War history in the world, and also cover the First world war and post-1945 conflicts.
The Royal Pump Room Museum (58 miles)
The Royal Pump Room Museum
Borrow a family backpack, try the mystery object game or complete the spa trail to discover what it would be like to be a visitor to the spa 100 years ago at this small family friendly museum.
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum (61 miles)
Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum
Take a tour of Dove Cottage, home of Wordsworth, and take a look around the Wordsworth Museum and Art Gallery with special exhibitions and hands-on family activities.
Textile Towerhouse (61 miles)
A beautifully restored building which uses period rooms, figures and audiovisuals to explain the turbulent past of the town and the tower. With a regular programme of changing exhibitions and children's schoolroom.
Coldstream Museum (62 miles)
In addition to a varied programme of exhibitions and workshops, the Museum houses permanent displays exploring the history of the parish. Other features include an indoor children's play area, shop and a courtyard with picnic table.
Craven Museum and Gallery (62 miles)
Craven Museum and Gallery
Family friendly museum with displays of social history, archaeology, costume and art and regular childrens activities and events.
Rotunda Museum (62 miles)
A must for dinosaur mad kids, Yorkshires Dinosaur Coast is a hotbed of Jurassic and Cretaceaous fossils. Go fossil hunting along the North Yorkshire coast line and afterwards pop into the Rotunda Museum in Scarborough where you can transported 165 million years back in time to discover which dinosaurs roamed the area, with real fossils, plants, sounds, models and hands-on activities.
Cumberland Pencil Museum (62 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, it;¢ÂÂs a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. There'Âs a funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and oodles of free events throughout the year too.
Ilkley Toy Museum (63 miles)
Ilkley Toy Museum
The many exhibits feature dolls, dolls houses, teddy bears, tin plate toys, lead figures and a selection of games together with wooden and paper toys. Dating from 350BC to the present day the exhibits include this 1940's English working model fairground.
National Railway Museum (64 miles)
National Railway Museum
National Railway Museum - for big trains, bigger rides and the biggest day out, come to York, to the worlds largest railway museum. Explore our three giant halls for a complete family experience packed full of incredible trains and interactive fun. Discover the fascinating story of the train.
Yorkshire Museum (64 miles)
With archaeology, geology, biology and astronomy collections on view you won't run out of things to look at!
Barley Hall (64 miles)
See the sights, handle the objects and experience what it would have been like to live in Medieval England.
Yorks Chocolate Story (64 miles)
Yorks Chocolate Story
Includes a tour, a tasting, museum, demonstrations and a virtual chocolate factory.
DIG (64 miles)
Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking-Age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre. DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist. This is a one of a kind!
York Castle Museum (65 miles)
York Castle Museum
One of Britain's leading museums of everyday life. It shows how people used to live by displaying thousands of household objects recreating rooms, shops, whole streets!
Yorkshire Museum of Farming (65 miles)
Yorkshire Museum of Farming
14 acres of parkland dedicated to Yorkshire's farming past. Indoor and outdoor fun: livestock pens with lots of animals, adventure playground, toy tractors and plenty of open space. Museum displays include child-friendly interactives. Events run throughout the year and costumed interpreters are on site daily in the summer holidays.
Cliffe Castle Park and Museum (67 miles)
Cliffe Castle Park and Museum
Park and Museum with something for everyone, whether you want to browse the various displays indoors or enjoy a relaxing stroll around the attractive grounds and take your children to run off some energy in the play area.
Yorkshire Air Museum (68 miles)
Yorkshire Air Museum
Experience the tremendous atmosphere of the award-winning Yorkshire Air Museum & Allied Air Forces Memorial whilst admiring fascinating displays, such as the restored Control Tower, Air Gunners Room, and much more.
Lochcarron of Scotland Visitor Centre (69 miles)
Abbey House Museum (70 miles)
Abbey House Museum
Where you can experience the sights and sounds of life in Victorian Leeds in the year 1880! A journey through the carefully recreated streets and houses of Abbey House Museum is a great day out for all the family.
Lakeland Motor Museum (70 miles)
Grange over Sands
Lakeland Motor Museum
A diverse and unique road transpost collection of some 30,000 exhibits is thoughtfully displayed, in fully DDA compliant state-of-the-art premises with a beautiful riverside setting.
Bronte Parsonage Museum (70 miles)
Bronte Parsonage Museum
Museum in a homely Georgian house in which the Bronte sisters lived. The rooms are filled with their furniture, clothes and personal possessions with plenty to see. Combine this with a visit to Haworth with its beautiful cobbled streets, independent shops, play park in the valley and the Worth Valley Railway too.
Bradford Industrial Museum (71 miles)
Bradford Industrial Museum
Museum on the site of a former Worsted Mill complete with mill managers house and a terrace of back-to-back houses. Inside there is exhibitions that include working textile machinery, steam power, engineering, printing and motor vehicles, along with temporary exhibitions programme and a shop.
Thackray Museum (71 miles)
Visit the award-winning Thackray Museum for a lively and fun day out for everyone. From a Victorian operating theatre to the wonders of modern surgery, the museum's galleries, collections and interactive displays bring to life the history of medicine.
Thanks for all the great things to do and Museums and Galleries near Edmondsley with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Durham can enjoy the great day out as well.
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