Prince Bishop River Cruiser (< 1 mile)
Prince Bishop River Cruiser
The Prince Bishop River Cruiser is a one hour cruise that takes in many of the city's sights from the unique perspective of the River Wear. On the trip to the Cathedral you will take in some spectacular views of the cities bridges, the castle and many of the Durham University buildings.
Bowes Railway (10 miles)
Bowes Railway was originally a colliery railway built to carry coal mainly from pits in north west Durham to the Tyne at Jarrow. The earliest section was designed by George Stephenson and opened on 17 January 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways.
Tanfield Railway (10 miles)
With an unparalleled history dating back to 1725, spectacular scenery and a truly unique atmosphere,
it is no wonder that the Tanfield Railway is the North East's biggest and most popular steam railway.
Saltburn Miniature Railway (27 miles)
Saltburn Miniature Railway
15 inch gauge miniature railway, running from the seafront through to the Valley Gardens, Italian Gardens, Tea Lawn and Woodland Centre.
Saltburn Cliff Lift (29 miles)
Saltburn Cliff Lift
Opened on 28th June 1884, this is the oldest remaining waterbalance cliff lift in Britain. Height of the lift is 120 ft, length of the track is 207 ft. Refurbished with stained glass windows. Links Saltburn pier, one of the few left in the country, with the town.
South Tynedale Railway (35 miles)
South Tynedale Railway
Preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria. There is a railway shop and refreshment facilities at the station, as well as a picnic area.
Puffin Cruises (38 miles)
Take a boat trip around Coquet Island to see the puffins, terns, ducks and seals. Also a lighthouse, built by monks and ruins of a monastery window is visible.
North Yorkshire Moors Railway (48 miles)
North Yorkshire Moors Railway
Britain'ÂÂs most popular Heritage Railway carrying over 300,000 passengers a year. Travelling through 18 miles of beautiful North York Moors National Park from the market town of Pickering to Grosmont. On many days throughout the year you can now continue your journey along the scenic Esk Valley to our newest destination of Whitby.
Solway Aviation Museum (51 miles)
Solway Aviation Museum
A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
Ullswater Steamers (53 miles)
Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Come and sail with us and uncover our darkest secrets. Our Round The Lake ticket gives you time to explore, fish for tiddlers or play I spy with your free 'Sammy' guide onboard...
Golden Gate Boat Trips (55 miles)
Golden Gate Boat Trips
For boat trips you'll always remember. Explore Grace Darling's Lighthouse on Longstone Island, the Inner Farne Bird Sanctuary and Staple Island Bird Sanctuary and see grey seals, puffins and shags.
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway (57 miles)
Embsay and Bolton Abbey Steam Railway
Travel between Embsay station, built in 1888, and the new award-winning station at Bolton Abbey. Your journey takes you through picturesque Yorkshire Dales scenery. One of the many fun family places to go if you're looking for things to do with kids in North Yorkshire
Scarborough North Bay Railway (57 miles)
Scarborough North Bay Railway
An historic 20" gauge railway, connecting Peasholm Park with Scalby Mills and the Sea Life Centre. This picturesque railway meanders almost a mile through woodland and lakeside scenery. With four 1930's steam outline locomotives, it is a delight for all ages.
York Boat (60 miles)
- see for yourself where Saxons fought Vikings in 1066, where monks entertained their guests and witches were ducked in the Middle Ages. Sit on the top deck or retreat to the warmth of the bar and lounge. Or even take a special evening Ghost Cruise!
Heatherslaw Light Railway (63 miles)
Heatherslaw Light Railway
A 15” gauge railway which runs from Heatherslaw Mill to Etal Village - a return journey of 50 minutes
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway (65 miles)
Shipley Glen Cable Tramway
is the oldest working cable tramway in Great Britain (cliff lifts excepted). Dating from 1895, the line was built to serve the local beauty of Shipley Glen, near Saltaire in West Yorkshire. Looksa like a good idea if you're after fun family days out in Yorkshire.
Windermere Lake Cruises (66 miles)
Windermere Lake Cruises
Windermere Lake Cruises - no.7 in the official tourist board attractions in the UK - so must be good!! Great idea for family days out in the Lake District.
The Scarborough Spa Express (67 miles)
The Scarborough Spa Express
A Wonderful Family Day Out. What better way to enjoy North Yorkshire’s beautiful countryside, visit the historic city of York or the seaside town of Scarborough, than by travelling aboard a vintage steam hauled train?
The Cambrian Steam Train (67 miles)
The Cambrian Steam Train
Travel by steam in traditional carriages from Machynlleth to Porthmadog. Sit back and view beautiful Cardigan Bay on one side and the mountains of Snowdonia on the other. A day for all the family to relax and discover the magnificent Cambrian Coast, with countless leisure activities along the way.
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway (68 miles)
Keighley & Worth Valley Railway
Step back in time and enjoy a train ride through the heart of Bronte country. Most services are operated by steam trains, but the railway also serves the local community, with many people using the morning diesel railcar services to do their shopping in Keighley.
Middleton Railway (70 miles)
The oldest working railway in the world. A working Accredited Museum of standard gauge industrial steam and diesel locomotives. In the modern Engine House learn how Leeds made more locomotives than any other city or town in England. Complete your visit with a ride on the train to where the Middleton Coal Mines once were.
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus (72 miles)
Lancaster Canal Cruises and Waterbus
is an alternative day out because we bring the outdoors indoors as we sail along the historic Lancaster Canal to the magnificent Lune Aqueduct, wildlife spotting along with fascinating historical landmark spotting as we sail along the Lancaster Canal. Free activity packs are available for all children on board.
Adventure Valley (2 miles)
- comprising seven action packed play zones (with 3 undercover), you'll discover the very best in family adventure, farm fun and indoor play. Brand new for 2012 – Adventure Valley Golf! An 18-hole adventure golf course; it’s putting edge!
Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Land (6 miles)
Mini and Maxi Moos Adventure Land
With over 50,000 square feet of indoor space, and almost 100 acres of farm and park land, there's room for the whole family, and a range of activities to suit everyone from miniature animals to go karts and almost everything in between.
Down at the Farm (7 miles)
Houghton Le Spring
Down at the Farm
You can see a wide range of farm animals including goats, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies and chickens, plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands-on fun including reptile handling, sheep/pig racing and washing the sheep. Kids can also climb their way round the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course, dig their way out of the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping pillow + tractor rides.
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm (12 miles)
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm
A children’s farm and petting centre based on the North East Coast with lots of friendly animals and lots of animal activities such as rabbit cuddling and bottle feeding. There’s also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Beamish Open Air Museum (8 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.
Preston Park and Museum (19 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.
The Bowes Museum (22 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!
Killhope Lead Mining Museum (28 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.
Spennymoor Leisure Centre (6 miles)
Spennymoor Leisure Centre
has a free - form Leisure Pool with a large shallow water area and a maximum depth of 1.8 metres. A water slide and wave machine are also available, but these only operate during evening, weekend and school holiday sessions. The pool is approximately 18 metres wide and 30 metres long.
Mill House Leisure Centre (15 miles)
The Dolphin Centre (18 miles)
The Dolphin Centre
An outstanding pool complex that includes an
8-lane, 25m competition standard swimming pool, Training Pool, Interactive Toddler Pool, 1m, 3m and 5m Board Diving Pool and two water-slides as well as an Under The Sea themed indoor play area.
Splash (18 miles)
Stockton's newest leisure facility has been designed to meet 21st century needs. The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water features, offering leisure and training facilities for swimmers at all levels. a learner pool, spa pool and flume slide complete the water based features.
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool (18 miles)
Weardale Open Air Swimming Pool
Come and enjoy the pleasures of outdoor swimming in a warm (tropical water temperature of 80+ degrees Fahrenheit), safe, family environment. Features slide and springboard plus inflatables sessions and kayak practice!
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe (3 miles)
Boyne Play Pit and Cafe
4 level multi activity adventure play frame to exhaust and entertain the kids in a clean, safe environment. The play equipment is designed for 3-11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Play 'n' Krazy (3 miles)
Play 'n' Krazy
ball pools, play frame, slides, football and basket ball areas, and tiny tots explore too, in their own safe space
Cubbies Adventure Play (5 miles)
Chester le Street
Cubbies Adventure Play
For up to 11 year olds, this is a nice little adventure play frame, clean and colourful, attached to a leisure centre with swimming pool.
Funshack (9 miles)
Maybe largest indoor playground in the north of England. Here you will find a wide range of fun activities in a safe and secure surrounding. New indoor go kart track and bowling alley 2012!
Krazy Kingdom (9 miles)
17,500 sq ft of non stop fun and it's all under one roof to keep kids up to 12 thrilled and entertained. Whopping four storey mainframe, trampolines and a small bowling alley too!
Thanks for all the great things to do and Railways and Transport Attractions near Halifax 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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