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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 353 fun things to do in Durham for you and the family to discover, including indoor and soft play areas, museums and art galleries and tourist attractions. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 232 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Durham 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 Durham 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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Tree at Crook Hall and Gardens in Durham

Crook Hall & Gardens

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

At Crook Hall and Gardens the beautiful gardens include: The Secret Walled Garden, Shakespeare Garden, Cathedral Garden and The Silver and White Gard...

Boys on Treasure Hunt Trail

The Durham Treasure Trail

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Embark on a treasure hunt with the Durham 4 Kids self-guided themed Treasure Trail and keep both the kids and adults entertained! As you follow clear...

Durham Cathedral and cottages on riverside at Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Durham Museum and Heritage Centre is situated in an historic Listed building that was once the parish church of the North Bailey. It was rebuilt in t...

Boat cruising at Prince Bishop River Cruiser in Durham

Prince Bishop River Cruiser

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

The Prince Bishop River Cruiser is a one hour long truly scenic cruise that passes by a great many of the city's most celebrated sights from the uniq...

Kids canoeing at Wear Canoes in Durham

Wear Canoes

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Sailing and Kayaking

Have you ever tried canoeing? Whether you’re an absolute beginner, or a seasoned pro, you have the chance to experience your own water adventure with...

Outside view of Oriental Museum in Durham

Oriental Museum

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Oriental Museum is a family friendly place to find out all about a diverse range of cultures and countries, from pre history to present day. Ther...

Kids touching pine tree at Durham Botanic Garden

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...

Girl drawing at Durham Cathedral

Durham Cathedral

  • Durham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Durham Cathedral is a worthwhile visit whether you are interested in religion, history, architecture or nature! Welcoming of all faiths and ages, thi...

Infinite air foam pits

Infinite Air Trampoline Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Trampoline Parks

Infinite Air offers 16,000 sq ft of trampolines (that's over 80 of them!) with a whopping 14m high roof so you and your over 8s can literally reach f...

Kids at Top Gear Karting in Durham

TopGear Karting

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Go Karting and Driving

TopGear Karting in Durham gives you karting and entertainment in one! Improve your racing techniques in a basic open session or just enjoy good fun r...

Cakes and play area at Messy Plays in Durham

Dragonflies Durham

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Dragonflies Durham uses messy play sessions and sensory play to inspire parents and teach children! From water and sand to spaghetti and paint, you c...

Colourful Chameleons finished art

Colourful Chameleons

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Colourful Chameleons is a friendly arts and crafts studio in Durham where you can  paint your own pottery in a relaxed, cafe style environment. There...

Boy on climbing wall at Durham Climbing Centre

Durham Climbing Centre

  • Durham
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Durham Climbing Centre caters for every level of climber from novice to very advanced, so it's great for everyone, whatever their age and ability lev...

Adventure Valley

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...

Kynren

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...

Boy on digger at Diggerland Durham

Diggerland Durham

  • Durham
  • Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

If your little fidgets are always pulling out every single toy truck and digger they own, show them the real thing at Diggerland Durham. Watch their...

Chickens at Broom House Farm and Forest in Durham

Broom House Farm and Forest Adventure 3 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...

Inflatable courses at Holmside Park in Durham

Holmside Park

  • Chester-le-Street
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Want to escape the heat, or hide from the rain? With 50000 ft2 of indoor play on offer, you can enjoy Holmside Park no matter the weather! With activ...

Sprig in Riverside Park in Chester-le-Street

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...

Spennymoor Leisure Centre

Spennymoor Leisure Centre4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Spennymoor
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

This is a great chance to get a tropical leisure park swim indoors and at any time of year!Spennymoor Leisure Centre has a nice big free form Leisure...

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