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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Knaresborough Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Knaresborough
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist 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...

Knaresborough Castle

  • Knaresborough
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

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

Knaresborough Pool

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Swimming 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...

Winkies

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Indoor 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...

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  • Ingleton
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves 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...

Ingleborough Cave

  • Clapham
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

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

Bead Harrogate

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Arts 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...

The Royal Pump Room Museum

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Museums 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...

The Valley Gardens

  • Harrogate
  • Outdoor
  • Parks 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...

Pots 2 Go Ceramic Cafe

  • Harrogate
  • Indoor
  • Pottery 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...

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