Prince Bishop River Cruiser (< 1 mile)
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.
City of Durham Treasure Trail (< 1 mile)
City of Durham Treasure Trail
These self-guided treasure hunts challenge you to explore and solve intriguing mysteries. Search for clues and find treasure or crack the code to save the world on a spy mission. You’ll find out fascinating facts, see special places and enjoy a family walk; all in the fresh air.
Durham Museum and Heritage Centre (< 1 mile)
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.
Crook Hall and Gardens (< 1 mile)
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.
Top Gear Karting (< 1 mile)
Top Gear Karting
They give you karting in a disco atmosphere with ultra violet tubes, strobe and spotlights with music and smoke machines, but most importantly safety. This is karting and entertainment in one for over 8s.
Houghall Gardens World of Trees (< 1 mile)
Houghall Gardens World of Trees
Over 500 species of trees can be seen and you can go on a 2.5 mile discovery trail of the surrounding countryside. Kids always love the water garden.
Durham Botanic Garden (1 miles)
Durham Botanic Garden
Plant collections from around the world, a tropical rainforest and tropical bugs, scorpions and tarantulas. A peaceful yet enthralling afternoon's worth.
Oriental Museum (1 miles)
A museum with a colletion of almost 30,000 marvellous objects from a huge area covering North Africa to South East Asia. Great exhibitions and regular fun family activities and other events to enjoy.
Durham Cathedral (2 miles)
The present Cathedral has stood on this spot as a place of prayer and pilgrimage for over 900 years. It is one of the most beautiful buildings in England (Bill Bryson called it 'the best Cathedral on planet earth'), and is part of a World Heritage Site.
Adventure Valley (2 miles)
comprising 7 action packed play zones (with 3 undercover), you'll discover the very best in family adventure, farm fun and indoor play. Plus Adventure Valley Golf, an 18-hole adventure golf course; it’s putting edge!
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 to 11 year olds, who also measure up to 4’9’’ in height.
Durham Climbing Centre (3 miles)
Durham Climbing Centre
Family friendly indoor climbing and bouldering centre suitable for ages 2 and up. Parent and Toddler sessions, dedicated Junior bouldering area, obstacle course, plus games and activities. Birthday party package available.
Riverside Park (5 miles)
Chester le Street
Includes artist-designed ornamental gardens, an events arena, 5,000 sq m play area and paddling pool, plus water play area with artificial beach and water cannons! Awesome!
Broom House Farm and Forest (5 miles)
Broom House Farm and Forest
A family run livestock farm set in beautiful countryside and forest. Adventure trail to follow, and activities including laser tag, quad biking and even art classes! Childrens’ parties availble too.
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. Bonus!
Spennymoor Leisure Centre (6 miles)
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.
Climb North East (6 miles)
Climb North East
The largest indoor climbing centre in County Durham ran by passionate climbers. Four dedicated bouldering zones and an area for top rope and lead climbing. Send the kids along to one of our weekend sessions. We run sessions for 3 different age groups starting at just 4 years old
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre (6 miles)
Newton Aycliffe Leisure Centre
Climbing is very good for developing balance, co-ordination, strength and confidence, whilst giving the child a great learning experience.
Herrington Country Park (6 miles)
Herrington Country Park
Offers scenic walks, bike trails and a contemporary children's play park, designed around a well-known local myth, the story of the Lambton Worm!
Down at the Farm (7 miles)
Houghton Le Spring
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...
Karting North East (7 miles)
Karting North East
has been providing activity experiences and corporate entertainment for many years and can boast a highly experienced team. Not only do we provide you with the best go karting experience, but we also provide you with other fun packed activities.
Laser Battlefield (7 miles)
Bruise free combat games for over 6s. One of many fun family places to visit if you're looking for things to do in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne with kids.
Penshaw Equestrian Centre (7 miles)
Houghton le Spring
Penshaw Equestrian Centre
is a British Horse Society and Pony Club approved riding school where all abilities can come and learn to ride. We offer everything from lessons, children’s party’s horse care, riding holidays and much more. Starting from 4 years old.
South Causey Inn Equestrian Centre (8 miles)
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 in County Durham
Pockerley Riding School (8 miles)
Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play (8 miles)
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.
AMF Washington (9 miles)
Kids love bowling, and if they are under 6 they can use a ramp and gutter guards. This AMF has 26 lanes!
Beamish Wild High Ropes (9 miles)
Beamish Wild High Ropes
Experience the ultimate adrenaline rush! High in the treetops, tackle Burma Bridge, jump the leap of faith and whizz down zip wires. With over 25 daredevil elements, itâs a must for families, schools, groups, team building and any other thrill seekers.
Beamish Wild Adventure Park (9 miles)
Beamish Wild Adventure Park
Zoom on zip wires, build dens, scale the tree creeper and become a modern day Robin Hood archer. And if that wasn't enough, upgrade to the High Ropes Course for the ultimate adrenaline rush. Go,Go, Go for super-family day out adventure!
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!
WWT Washington Wetland Centre (9 miles)
WWT Washington Wetland Centre
The perfect place to connect with nature and get close to a mixture of mammals, wetland birds and exotic birds like flamingoes. Duckery to tour, wardens to walk with and a chance to see the rarest goose in the world!
Hardwick Park (10 miles)
Ideal for family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting, they also have a new visitor centre with excellent facilities including an interactive exhibition space.
Horden Welfare Park (10 miles)
Horden Welfare Park
The park features a toddler and junior play area, a sculpture, football field, rugby field, cricket field, bowling greens, bandstand, multi-sports pitch, cafe and heritage centre.
Hall Hill Playbarn (10 miles)
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.
Bowes Railway (10 miles)
Originally a colliery railway built to carry coal, it opened in 1826, making it one of the world's first modern railways. It is the only operational preserved standard gauge rope-hauled railway in the world.
Castledown Fun Factory (10 miles)
Castledown Fun Factory
Bright and colourful indoor play facility attached to a family friendly pub with a healthy kids' menu. Classic fun features include slide and ball pit plus toddler zone.
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.
Field House Equestrian Centre (10 miles)
Field House Equestrian Centre
BHS approved facility offering lessons and hacks after assessment, plus recognised Pony Club with events like pony week.
Riverside Bowling (10 miles)
offers 19 lanes of modern ten pin bowling in a supportive and family friendly atmosphere. Bumpers and ball ramps for kids available too.
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle (11 miles)
Fuzzy Eds at the Sandcastle
Indoor play area with loads of slides and features and dedicated toddler zone, attached to a family restaurant. Plus outdoor play too!
Sunderland Wall (11 miles)
Great family friendly climbing wall with kids club covering ages ranged from 3 onwards! Kids will learn the necessary rope work and skills to climb safely in a fully supervised and really fun environment.
The Giants Den (11 miles)
The Giants Den
is a massive 15,000sq ft of non-stop fun for children up to 12 years of age. Features include 3 level play structure and mini village with cars, plus new finga box interactive console and new go kart track!
Rosebud Ceramics (11 miles)
is a pottery painting studio based in Sunderland city centre, offering a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere great fun for all of the family. A lovely place to meet and spend quality time with the children whilst creating a perfect keepsake. Great value and a large selection of pottery.
Rock Antics (11 miles)
Offer simulated rock surfaces and textures, ranging from easy to extreme, for all ages and abilities with a great supportive attitude making it a great place to start as well as to improve.
Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens (11 miles)
Sunderland Museum and 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.
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun (11 miles)
Mister Twisters Wacky World of Fun
Perhaps the north's largest children's play venue with a massive 4-storey climbing frame, soft sports pitch, and separate toddler zone.
Laser Quest Sunderland (11 miles)
Laser Quest Sunderland
Come play an exhilarating game of laser tag in a zero contact battle zone for over 7s. Explore the exciting labyrinth with laser gun locked and loaded, with creepy features hide behind and super special effects!
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre (11 miles)
The Play Shack Indoor Play Centre
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!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Durham 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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