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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 352 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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Outside view of Ripon Museum Trust

Ripon Museum Trust

  • Ripon
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Ripon Museum Trust has three museums with the common theme of Law and Order. At the Workhouse Museum you can dress as a Victorian pauper and play in...

Kids on Treasure Hunt Trail

Ripon Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Behind every corner and with every step, riddles are waiting to be unpicked by you and your crew of salty sea dogs… So what are you waiting for? Join...

Georgian school teacher in classroom at Bailiffgate Museum in Alnwick

Bailiffgate Museum

  • Alnwick
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Bailiffgate Museum is a fun day out for all the family. It tells the history of Alnwick and district in colourful, interactive displays. Highlights i...

Families at Studfold Explore Discover and Learn in Harrogate

Studfold Explore Discover and Learn

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The award winning Studfold Explore Discover and Learn Trail offers lots to see and do: solve the clues to find the secret boxes; follow the trail to...

People canoeing with How Stean Gorge in Harrogate

How Stean Gorge

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

How Stean Gorge - A natural wonder! This spectacular limestone gorge with winding pathways, narrow bridges, underground caves and an active stream st...

People in outdoor swimming pool at Lazonby Swimming Pool in Penrith

Lazonby Swimming Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Lazonby Swimming Pool is a life saver in the hot: a 17m by 6m outdoor pool heated to a comfortable 26 degrees, it's ideal for both a family splash ab...

Outside view of Tower Knowe Visitor Centre in Kielder

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Tower Knowe Visitor Centre is a great place to discover the rich history of Kielder Water and Forest Park, with an interesting interactive exhibition...

Aerial view of Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal in Ripon

Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

  • Ripon
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

An amazing historical World Heritage Site near Ripon, Fountains Abbey provides picturesque wide open spaces, family guided tours, school holiday acti...

Outside view of Nunnington Hall in York

Nunnington Hall

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Nunnington Hall Nestled on the quiet banks of the River Rye, you and yours can enjoy the atmosphere of this beautiful Yorkshire manor house and it's...

Jersey cattle at Abbott Lodge in Penrith

Abbott Lodge

  • Penrith
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Abbott Lodge is a working dairy farm which produces over 30 flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream, of which at any time a whopping 16 types are avail...

Lake at Talkin Tarn Country Park in Brampton

Talkin Tarn Country Park

  • Brampton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Talkin Tarn Country Park is a whopping 165 acre site rich in fairytale like mature woodland and gentle meadows, all surrounding a glacial lake (the t...

Kestral at Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre in Falstone

Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre

  • Falstone
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

The Kielder Centre contains the North of England's largest and most complete collections of Birds Of Prey! At the Centre you will discover a vast var...

Outside view of Newby Hall Adventure Garden in Ripon

Newby Hall Adventure Garden

  • Ripon
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Newby's exciting Adventure Garden for Children has been thoughtfully and safely designed for children of all ages, from the paddling pool, sandpit an...

Outside pool at Shap Swimming Pool in Penrith

Shap Swimming Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Shap at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! Their volunteer run 16 metre community pool is open daily from May to...

Sculpture at Kielder Art and Architecture in Kielder

Kielder Art and Architecture

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Kielder Art and Architecture is a great way to explore Kielder Forest and Water Park and be inspired by the interesting collection of sculptures and...

Campsite at Leaplish Waterside Park in Kielder

Leaplish Waterside Park

  • Kielder
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Leaplish Waterside Park is 1 of 3 visitor centres at Kielder Water and Forest Park and a terrific location to set course for in warmer weather! Activ...

Girl on horse back at Happy Hooves Riding Centre in Penrith

Happy Hooves Riding Centre

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Welcome to Happy Hooves Riding Centre and Eamont Competition Horses. We are situated in the heart of Cumbria just outside of Penrith, 2 minutes from...

Girl diving at Penrith Leisure Centre

Penrith Leisure Centre

  • Penrith
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Penrith Leisure Centre offers a massive range of activities all under cover, ideal for entertaining the family whatever the great British weather is...

Crafty Monkeys5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Penrith
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Crafty Monkeys allows children and adults to let loose and make their own pottery on the Potter's wheel, paint ready made items like cups, piggy bank...

Kids looking for clues on Treasure Trail

Robin Hood's Bay Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Hook out your quiver and get the merry men together - the Robin Hood's Bay Treasure Hunt Trail is calling out for recruits! Second only to a natty pa...

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