Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Durham

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 370 fun things to do in County Durham for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Annfield Plain, Barnard Castle and Bishop Auckland. 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!

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Long Ashes Leisure Club

  • Threshfield
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

While fitness isn’t always the number one priority for kids, fun sure is! Combine the two at Long Ashes Leisure Club. While the gym is fully equipped...

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...

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...

York Bird of Prey Centre

  • Easingwold
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

York Bird of Prey Centre is fantastic for nature lovers as you have the chance to get really close to these stunning birds, most of which have been h...

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...

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...

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...

Wicked Wizard of Alnwick Treasure Trail

  • Alnwick
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Wicked Wizard of Alnwick self guided Mystery Themed Treasure Trail is a great way of getting the whole family out exploring rather than just wand...

The Alnwick Garden

  • Alnwick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Alnwick Garden is home to one of the world's largest wooden tree houses, with walkways in the sky, rope bridges and a fantastic place to eat in t...

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...

Yorkshire Lavender

  • York
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • National Parks

Yorkshire Lavender is Yorkshire's Premier Triple Award-Winning Lavender Farm, Lavender Gardens and Specialist Plant Nursery set in a spectacular hill...

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...

Flamingo Land

  • Malton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Flamingo Land was made for flamingo fans - it’s in the name! But there's so much more to enjoy, including over 129  species of animals in the park, i...

Alnwick Castle

  • Alnwick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Medieval knights, dragons, dressing up AND Harry Potter?! Alnwick Castle may very well be heaven on earth. The castle has a fantastically rich histor...

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...

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...

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...

Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Greystoke and District Swimming Pool offers an open air swimming pool, a football playing field and 2 children's adventure play areas! An ideal combi...

Solway Aviation Museum

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums 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...

The Hydro

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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’...

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