Victoria Tunnel An authentic and immersive historical experience down in the tunnel, with guided commentary. Educational and entertaining, but if taking young ones be warned of the ghostly element! Limited opening. One or two hour tours available.
Nenthead Mines Learn the history of mining and what follows after closure, with rare and intriguing plants springing up in the unusually metallic soils. Small museum with interactive displays, outdoor trails and guided tours down into the mine itself.
Stump Cross Caverns Tour the lit caves safely with kids and explore the ancient rock features close up plus a theatre presentation. Site of special scientific interest.
Mother Shiptons Cave The Cave and the famous Petrifying Well
form part of a mile long wooded riverside park. Beautiful riverside walk with 4 scenic picnic areas and two adventure playgrounds. There is a museum with live size figures and petrified object display.
Gift shop and cafe serving everything you need for a picnic
White Scar Cave The longest show cave in Britain. The guided tour takes 80 minutes and covers one mile. See underground streams and waterfalls, and the massive ice-age cavern. Cafe, shop, large on-site car park. Spectacular picnic location!
Ingleborough Cave - is the premier show cave in the Yorkshire Dales. In 2012, it celebrated 175 years of entrancing visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations - it's is well lit and pleasantly accessible, with no steps throughout the Cave.
Diggerland Durham is The Ultimate Adventure Theme Park Experience where children and adults alike can ride, drive and operate REAL diggers, dumpers and other full- size construction machinery. Diggerland is the perfect destination for action, fun and thrilling family days out!
Wild Animal Adventures A great little animal park with hands on opportunities, lots of tropical types and a few domestics plus special area The Nocturnal Zone which features the Bat Cave! Right beside the cool Pet Mania storezoo!
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary Now open again! Meet a vast range of lovely beasties and have fun on the adventure playground, plus extra animal encounters and experiences. Hooray!
Adventure Valley Rain or shine, it’s a full-on, fun-filled family day out with over 40 rides and attractions. Two huge indoor play areas, fun animal activities, zip wires, tube slides, jumping pillows, a fort, pirate galleon and Tractor-Trailer Ride and more.
Mini Moos Farm Loads to do once you've visited the creatures, including the live animal show, indoor play, skating, inflatable assault course, pedal karts, Woodland Walk, tractor and trailer rides - and more!
Down at the Farm You can see a wide range of farm animals plus a few unusual ones. There is plenty of hands on fun including reptile handling or sheep and pig racing. Kids can also use the adventure trail, pedal round the tiny tots tractor course or take a real tractor ride, enjoy the giant sandpit or go mad on the jumping...
Tweddle Childrens Animal Farm A childrens 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. Thereâs also indoor and outdoor play areas, indoor and outdoor pedal go-kart tracks and lots more.
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre An excellent local museum where you can relive the story of Durham from medieval times to present day. Includes models of the 19th century marketplace and the medieval city, plus a reconstruction of a Victorian prison cell.
Oriental Museum A museum with a colletion of almost 30,000 marvellous objects from a huge area covering North Africa to South East Asia. Great exhibitions plus regular fun family activities and events to enjoy.
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 in County Durham!
Locomotion Bring two centuries of rail to life before you, this is a trainspotter's paradise! Plus from the Tots and Trains sessions to the adventure playground and picnic area, the smaller kids are catered for too.
Preston Park and Museum As well as the Museum, we also offer a safe children's play area, exciting Treetop Adventure Playground and many riverside and woodland paths. Plus 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...
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 Take a guided tour of the mine, become a washerboy and find galena. Woodland walks, Red Squirrels, exhibitions, shop and cafe a great day out in the country for the whole family. We even have 3 Yurts available for hire if you would like to camp over night. Voted the Most Family Friendly Museum
Spennymoor Leisure Centre has a free form Leisure Pool with a large shallow water area. A water slide and wave machine are also available during evening, weekend and school holiday sessions.
Mill House Leisure Centre Offers a range of activities and facilites including swimming pools including diving area with 1m and 3m spring board and 5m platform.
The Dolphin Centre Get active with the kids at this outstanding pool complex that includes an 8 lane competition standard swimming pool, Interactive Toddler Pool, 3 Board Diving Pool and 2 water slides! Also has an Under The Sea themed indoor play area.
Splash The complex includes a 25 metre pool with wave machine and water slides: one suitable for small kids and a faster one for big jobs with a big splash down ending! Loads of other things to do dry side too with pre booking.
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!
Cubbies Adventure Play Indoor play fun with all the usual suspects: slides, balls, bridges and more! Plus other facilities within the leisure centre.
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play A giant indoor adventure play frame for children with slippery slides, splat pads, climbing walls, dizzy discs, punch bags and much more! Open 7 days a week.
Funshack 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 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!
Funky Monkeys Classic indoor adventure play and climbing structure: all the usual fun but with a few extra bonuses like sky glide, play kitchen and football pitch!
Hall Hill Playbarn There is a large playframe for over 3's and a smaller area for Toddlers. There is also a pedal tractor area for the under 8's. Set in a children's farm.
Scallywagz featuring 3 Lane Astra Slide, 540 Degree Tube Slide, ball pools, Rope Bridges, Spooky Corner, Gliders, 5 a Side Football Pitch, separate Toddler Area and much more!
Wacky Warehouse Gretna Green Indoor play area with loads of slides and features as well as a dedicated toddler zone, plus outdoor play structures for warmer weather. All attached to a family restaurant.
Jumbo Jungle Over 11000 sq ft of non stop fun and games and its all under one roof to keep both the adults and children happy for hours, they have something for all ages from babies to twelve year olds.
Ruff N Tumble Adventure World One of the biggest toddler zones we've come across, plus awesome play frame with drop slides and ball cannons, a climbing wall, bowling lanes, sports courts and bungee trampolines! Just off the A1M.
Wacky Warehouse Merry Go Round Indoor adventure play with loads of slides and features, plus a dedicated toddler zone. Part of a family friendly restaurant with kids' menu.
Mister Twisters 13,000 sq ft indoor play centre with a Pirate themed climbing frame. Suitable for 2-5 year olds, 5-12 year olds and a separate gated toddler/infant area for the more delicate of our visitors. Bouncy castle, football court, Xbox games, 5* cafeteria and parking for 70+ cars.
Under the Sea Arguably the leading play facility in the area, offering activity for children up to the age of 8 with casual soft adventure play and excellent sensory room.
Fun City With its 7000sq ft of play area Fun city is dedicated to family fun! The play frame includes 3 tier levels of ball pools, curly slides, rope bridges, swing ropes, spooky areas, jelly mountain, trampoline and the 20ft drop slide!
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Adventure Point Indoor and outdoor play with adventure climbing maze, sand and water play, sports court and 6m high climbing tree, plus cuddle up for Animal sessions with guinea pigs, rabbits, hamsters and gerbils! What a day!
Brewers Fayre Preston Farm Indoor and outdoor play areas with plenty of fun colourful features attached to a family friendly restaurant with a healthy, appetising menu for children.
Noahs Ark Family Centre Three levels of adventure soft play with craft, role play, reading and activity corners besides. Also has an outdoor play area for summer. Separate area for kids aged up to 3 to play in. Birthday parties available too.
Crazy Corner Toddlers are as well catered for as the big jobs here with their own 3 level structure to match the main one! With baby area too there's a space for everyone, and highlights include ball fountain, crazy maze, circus mirrors and ball cannons!
Play Factory Thornaby Fantastic features for imaginative play with reactor tower, ball blasters, escape tubes and slides and getaway karts! Just as much fun for more peaceful players with ball jugglers, balance boards and all the classic too.
Crook Hall and Gardens A stunning Grade 1 listed Medieval Manor House with a banquetting hall and 17th century Jacobean room, surrounded by stylish cottage gardens which are relaxed, lush and quintessentially English!
Durham Cathedral A place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years, this World Heritage Site is one of the most beautiful buildings in England with gorgeous walks around woodland and riverside.
Hartlepools Maritime Experience All children love pirates and this maritime visitor attraction is the perfect place to take them. Travel back to the days of Nelson, Napoleon and the Battle of Trafalgar. With our many attractions, costumed guides and weaponry displays, any kids (of whatever age) will enjoy this day out. So all ye landlubbers...
HMS Trincomalee 1817 The classic British frigate, HMS Trincomalee, built in Bombay for the Admiralty in 1817, is the oldest ship afloat in the UK and the last of the commissioned frigates of the Nelson era. Berthed at Hartlepool's Maritime Experience it is now fully restored.
Raby Castle Magnificent structure which gives an insight to life throughout the ages with a fantastic art collection and splendid interiors. Red deer live on the grounds and there is a wonderful waterfall just a small drive away as a bonus!
Barnard Castle With fantastic views over the Tees Gorge this fortress is grand for exploring, has a sensory garden and sits on the fringe of an attractive working market town for a nice wander round after.