The Best Things To Do In County Durham Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 353 fun things to do in County Durham for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Leadgate, Flint Hill, Easington and Sedgefield.

What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 246 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right County 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 County 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!

  1. Aeroplane at Solway Aviation Museum in Carlisle

    Solway Aviation Museum

    Carlisle

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    Solway Aviation Museum is a collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts and displays reflecting Britain's position as a former world leader in aircraf...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor, Outdoor
  2. Petrifying Well at Mother Shiptons Cave in Knaresborough

    Mother Shiptons Cave

    Knaresborough

    Caves and MinesCaves and Mines

    Behold the hidden powers of the magical water in Mother Shipton’s Cave that turns all it touches to stone! Get ready to discover the wonders of Engla...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  3. Rubber ducks by swimming pool at The Hydro in Harrogate

    The Hydro

    Harrogate

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    A good local pool is worth its weight in gold, especially if you have children! The Hydro is Harrogate has three pools altogether, which means there’...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  4. Family on Spy Mission Trail

    Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail

    Knaresborough

    Tourist AttractionsTourist Attractions

    Have you got your thinking caps on? You’ll need them as the Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail is devilishly tricky and full of clues that need...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor
  5. Outside view of Knaresborough Castle

    Knaresborough Castle

    Knaresborough

    Castles and PalacesCastles and Palaces

    A majestic stronghold of medieval kings, even nowKnaresborough Castle towers imposingly over the River Nidd and is guaranteed to get little imaginati...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  6. Inflatable obstacle course at Knaresborough Pool in Harrogate

    Knaresborough Pool

    Harrogate

    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming Pools and Leisure Centres

    Knaresborough Pool arguably ranks as the local children's favourite with the emphasis very much on family and fun with its hot water bubble pool and...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  7. Ball pit at Winkies in Harrogate

    Winkies

    Harrogate

    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor and Soft Play Areas

    At Winkies children's play and party centre you will find: Winkies Town: a unique child sized house and shops where children can play and explore usi...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor
  8. Stalactites in White Scar Cave in Ingleton

    White Scar Cave

    Ingleton

    Caves and MinesCaves and Mines

    Starting 350 million years ago, and continuing into the twenty-first century, the history of White Scar Cave is an intriguing mixture of ancient and...

    4 star rating Rating 4/5 (1 reviews)

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor
  9. Inside view Ingleborough Cave in Clapham

    Ingleborough Cave

    Clapham

    Caves and MinesCaves and Mines

    Ingleborough Cave recently celebrated 175 years of entrancing its many visitors with an awe inspiring range of stunning cave formations, imposing cav...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor
  10. Party room at Bead Harrogate

    Bead Harrogate

    Harrogate

    Arts and CraftsArts and Crafts

    Bead of Harrogate Bead is a jewellery making, art and craft boutique based in central Harrogate which is also home to the Bead Bar, a private and sep...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor
  11. Outside view of The Royal Pump Room Museum in Harrogate

    The Royal Pump Room Museum

    Harrogate

    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums and Art Galleries

    The Royal Pump Room Museum is a small but full family friendly museum where you can discover Harrogate's spa history through fascinating displays. Yo...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor
  12. View of Sun Pavilion at The Valley Gardens in Harrogate

    The Valley Gardens

    Harrogate

    Parks and PlaygroundsParks and Playgrounds

    The grass is always greener at The Valley Garden, Harrogate. Visit a grade II heritage listed garden for a carefree and stunning day out. Wander thro...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor
  13. Visitors at Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe in Harrogate

    Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe

    Harrogate

    Pottery Centres and Ceramic CafesPottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

    When you arrive in this friendly little pottery painting cafe you will be shown a vast array of bisque (prices start from £5). Once you have selected...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor