Best Things To Do & Days Out In Barnard Castle, County Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 458 fun things to do in Barnard Castle for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, tourist attractions and museums and art galleries. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 298 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Barnard Castle day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Barnard Castle with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Teesdale Sports Centre

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Teesdale Sports Centre This modern family friendly centre offers a good standard swimming pool with swimming lessons available if needed and loads of...

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...

Barnard Castle

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Barnard Castle is a charming historical visit great for both kids who like to get imaginative in the atmosphere and for those more academic types wan...

Egglestone Abbey

  • Barnard Castle
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Egglestone Abbey The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons' (a Roman Catholic religious order), picturesquely set ab...

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Giving unwanted or injured creatures the gift of a home is what Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is all about. It makes it a must see for all animal lovers!...

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...

Kynren

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Are you ready for something truly epic? Time to experience Kynren - the must-see live action outdoor theatre  show which brings 2,000 of English hist...

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...

Field House Equestrian Centre

  • Crook
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Field House Equestrian Centre is a fully BHS Approved Riding Centre and Pony Club nestled in the midst of the beautiful Wear Valley, providing the id...

The Station

  • Richmond
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Enigmatically titled The Station, this beautifully restored Victorian railway is packed with exhibits, history and heritage. Bring your brood of cult...

Richmond Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Richmond
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

There’s so much to see in Richmond and what better way to do so than on the Richmond Treasure Hunt Trail? It’s a code busting tour of the town. Get s...

Richmond Castle

  • Richmond
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Richmond Castle was originally built to subdue the unruly North of England and is one of the greatest Norman fortresses in Britain, great for visitin...

Locomotion3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Shildon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

This nicely interactive experience brings the last 200 years of rail fully to life in one's mind, assisted in no small part by the atmosphere of one...

High Force Waterfall

  • Middleton
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

High Force Waterfall, England's largest waterfall, suddenly and spectacularly drops 70 feet into the plunge pool below! The pretty woodland walk is a...

Ruff N Tumble Adventure World2.5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Ruff 'N' Tumble Adventure World is a fantastic state of the art fun facility ideally suited for energetic kids under 12, with dedicated areas for the...

Empire Catterick Garrison

  • Richmond
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Experience the latest blockbuster films across 7 different screens and in the best way possible at Empire Cinema in Catterick Garrisons. With awesome...

Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Stanhope Open Air Swimming Pool is the only heated open air swimming pool in County Durham. The water is heated to a tropical 80+degrees Fahrenheit n...

Planet Leisure5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Newton Aycliffe
  • Indoor
  • Activity Centres

This exciting, indoor entertainment centre awaits you and your family. Head on down to Planet Leisure for all-weather fun, you all can enjoy. There’s...

Create and Paint

  • Darlington
  • Indoor
  • Arts and Crafts

If you have any budding artists in the family then Create and Paint will be a very exciting day out for you! The studio offers a range of activities,...

Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum

  • Darlington
  • Indoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Step back in time and journey through British railway history at Head of Steam - Darlington Railway Museum. Find out what Victorian Darlington - the...

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