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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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Hill top view of Robin Hood's Bay in North Yorkshire

Robin Hood's Bay

  • Robin Hoods Bay
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

At Robin Hood's Bay the beaches and cliffs are full of ammonites, belemnites, reptilian and dinosaur fossils and footprints from the Jurassic and Cre...

Mist at Brimham Rocks in Harrogate

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  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Brimham Rocks Discover a frankly amazing collection of weird and wonderful rock formations to explore and study, which makes a great day out for inqu...

Families swimming at Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools in Penrith

Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools is an ideal location for families and friends to cool down in the summertime plus stay fit and healthy and build up the...

Visitors Llama trekking at Nidderdale Llamas in Harrogate

Nidderdale Llamas

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Nidderdale Llamas: a llama trekking centre, offering Llama Treks and Farm Experiences. Great fun and very unique! You can't ride llamas, but they are...

Outside view of Old Coastguard Station in Whitby

Old Coastguard Station

  • Whitby
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Old Coastguard Station offers hands on models and colourful displays to help you find out what makes this part of the North Yorkshire Coast so sp...

Boy painting at Rheged in Penrith

Rheged Indoor Play

  • Penrith
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Sun, rain or snow, the Rheged Centre is home to amazing inspiring activities and events for children of all ages, with plenty to keep parents amused...

Entrance to Beck Isle Museum in Pickering

Beck Isle Museum

  • Pickering
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Beck Isle Museum is a beautiful Grade II* listed museum in the small market town of Pickering. It’s dedicated entirely to local history and there’s c...

Train journeys at North Yorkshire Moors Railway in Pickering

North Yorkshire Moors Railway

  • Pickering
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

Fancy a trip to Hogsmeade; the famous train station seen in Harry Potter? Then take a trip on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway and enjoy a day out f...

Ruins of Dunstanburgh Castle by sea in Alnwick

Dunstanburgh Castle

  • Alnwick
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Dunstanburgh Castle This iconic castle ruin was once upon a time one of the largest and most grandiose forts in Northern England, still even now thor...

Girl standing on a sandy beach

Embleton Bay

  • Alnwick
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Head down to Embleton Bay in Northumberland, a gorgeous sandy beach with golden sand and bright blue water - it's so clear you’ll be able to see your...

Two kids doing the Shaun the Sheep Farmageddon Glow Trail

Dalby Forest

  • Pickering
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Dalby Forest is the perfect family-friendly outdoor destination! Explore the forest on foot, bike or by swinging through the canopy on Go Ape Tree To...

Cavern at Stump Cross Caverns in Harrogate

Stump Cross Caverns

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Caves and Mines

Stump Cross Caverns is one of Britain's premier show caves, located in Nidderdale on the border of the Yorkshire Dales National Park. They are a site...

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