Best Parks and Playgrounds In County Durham

We've rounded up the best parks and playgrounds in County Durham in our quest to discover brilliant family attractions and places to visit near you. There are 52 County Durham parks and playgrounds to pick from. Find the perfect places to go with your kids and get out on your next adventure!

All the parks and playgrounds we list are rated according to the ages they are suitable for, facilities and whether they are suitable for rainy days or best when the sun is shining.

Many of the places we list are historic or educational in nature and would be suitable for class trips or as ways to keep the learning up whilst having fun over the school holidays.

Find your perfect day out

Adventure Valley5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

If you’re looking for a place with endless fun and adventure for the most energetic of kids, then Adventure Valley is the place for you. There’s the...

Durham Botanic Garden

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Durham Botanic Garden has plant collections from around the world, including China, Japan, North America, South Africa, New Zealand and Chile, as wel...

Broom House Farm and Forest Adventure3.25 out of 5 starstotal reviews(4)

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Perched at 750 ft. with fantastic views over the countryside Broom House Farm and Forest is the perfect destination for some farmyard fun. The livest...

Hardwick Park

  • Sedgefield
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Hardwick Park is a traditional style park experience ideal for old school family games, picnicking and wild flower spotting in the gorgeous meadow: t...

Hall Hill Playbarn

  • Lanchester
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Your kid will be as busy as a bee at Hall Hill Playbarn in County Durham. Take your family a farm park with tractor rides, handling sessions and lots...

Hamsterley Forest

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At Hamsterley Forest, you’ll have a great day out with something for everybody of any age. There’s loads to do, including walking trail and exciting...

Riverside Park Chester-le-Street4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Chester-le-Street
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Splash around, run wild or just relax; there’s something for everyone at Riverside park! Children of all ages can enjoy 5,000 square metres of play a...

Raby Castle

  • Darlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Every single one of the atmospheric rooms in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons' Hall to the Mediaeval Kitchen gives fascinating insights into...

Herrington Country Park

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Home to an array of outdoor events, Herrington Country Park offers walks, cycle trails, environmental sculptures and much more. The park also feature...

Down at the Farm5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(3)

  • Houghton-le-Spring
  • Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Down at the Farm aims to bring the countryside and education together, sprinkled with a little bit of fun. This working farm was established back in...

Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Discover the wonders of the universe at Wynyard Woodland Park Planetarium. The observatory and planetarium are just 60m apart on the site of Wynyard...

Allensford Country Park2.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Consett
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Allensford Country Park ticks all the boxes for a simple family day out: children's adventure playground with a range of cool equipment? Check. Picni...

Horden Welfare Park

  • Horden
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Horden Welfare Park is the village's most popular attraction for the simple pleasures of childhood but also hosts a number of rather more exciting ac...

Gibside

  • Gateshead
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Gibside is an 18 th century landscape garden that’s a haven of adventure and activity. The wooden fortress at The Strawberry Castle Adventure Play Ar...

Saltwell Park

  • Gateshead
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Saltwell Park is one of Britain’s finest examples of a Victorian park. There’s so much going on that you’ll find an activity for every member of the...

The Bowes Museum

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The young and the young-at-heart can explore The Bowes Museum through the provision of interactive games and activities throughout the Museum. Grab y...

Summerhill5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Hartlepool
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Summerhill is a unique and welcoming Country Park on the western edge of Hartlepool that's both a Local Nature Reserve and an outdoor activity centre...

Preston Park and Museum

  • Stockton-on-Tees
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Set amongst 100 acres of beautiful parkland overlooking the River Tees, Preston Park Museum and Grounds offers an exciting and enjoyable day out for...

Roker Park

  • Sunderland
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Roker Park is a fantastic place to go and play or relax with the kids. There is plenty of space and lots of things for everyone to do. The park leads...

Noahs Ark Family Centre5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Thornaby
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Noahs Ark Family Centre is a great place for parents to let kids go wild while they watch, but also if the adults want to join in!. There are indoor...

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