Best Things To Do & Days Out In County Durham

Here at Where To Go With Kids we've found 104 fun things to do in County Durham for you and the family to discover. 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.

Things to do in County Durham

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Low Barns Nature Reserve

Low Barns Nature Reserve, Low Ln, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 0AG

Things to do at Low Barns Nature Reserve review Low Barns nature reserve and visitor centre is close to Bishop Auckland in County Durham. The nature reserve has a flat terrain and it has a network of surfaced paths with bird hides allowing easy access for all visitors. The...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Great Outdoors

Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle, Market Pl, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7NR

Things to do at Auckland Castle review Auckland Castle, otherwise known as Auckland Palace is one of the best-preserved bishop's palaces in Europe. Located near Bishop Auckland in County Durham with a history that dates back to the 12th century. It was previously a deer park, then the Bishop established...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Historical Outdoor Fun

Raby Castle

Raby Castle, Staindrop, Darlington, County Durham, DL2 3AH

Things to do at Raby Castle review Raby Castle is a medieval castle near Staindrop in County Durham. It was built in the late 14th century and has around 200 acres of deer park plus plenty to keep the family entertained on a day out. The parkland is home...
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Toddlers Primary Tweens Indoor & Outdoor Animals Outdoor Fun Indoor Fun

Hall Hill Farm

Hall Hill Farm, Lanchester, Durham, County Durham, DH7 0TA

Things to do at Hall Hill Farm review Hall Hill Farm is an award-winning attraction in County Durham. I would recommend allowing 4 hours for your visit but if the weather is fine, you can easily spend all day there. Hall Hill Farm is an all-weather attraction.Indoors you will...
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Locomotion, Dale Road Industrial Estate, Shildon, County Durham, DL4 2RE

Things to do at Locomotion review Locomotion is situated in the world’s first railway town, Shildon which is around a 20 minute drive from Durham City. There’s a massive free car park a short walk away from the main building and the building and grounds are very wheelchair and...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Railway

Weardale Railway

Weardale Railway, Station St, Stanhope, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL13 2YS

Things to do at Weardale Railway review The Weardale Railway is a heritage railway with 18 miles of line between Bishop Auckland and Stanhope in County Durham. The line runs from a connection with the main railway network at Bishop Auckland through to Eastgate in the Weardale area of...
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Teens Tweens Primary Indoor & Outdoor Theme Park Outdoor Fun

Diggerland Durham

Diggerland Durham, Langley Park, Durham, County Durham, DH7 9TT

Things to do at Diggerland Durham review Diggerland Durham is situated on an industrial estate in the village of Langley Park which is a 15 minute drive from Durham City. There is ample free parking outside and it is only a short walk from a regular, major bus route....
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All Ages Indoor CInema and Theatre

ODEON Luxe Durham

ODEON Luxe Durham, The Rilverwalk Unit 15, Millburngate, Waterside, Durham, County Durham, DH1 4SL

Things to do at ODEON Luxe Durham review The ODEON Luxe Durham is located in the centre of the city over the river. ODEON Cinema is one of the UK's biggest cinema chains and they show the latest movies plus other classics from the past decades of films. The cinema has...
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Broom House Farm Forest Adventure

Broom House Farm Forest Adventure, Broom House, Long Edge, Witton Gilbert, County Durham, DH7 6TR

Things to do at Broom House Farm Forest Adventure review Broom house farm is a farm shop with a coffee shop. Plus an outdoor forest adventure which children will love. Their forest adventure is an outdoor action-packed fun family attraction. You can take a walk with the family and...
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All Ages Indoor Indoor Fun Indoor Play Centres

Planet Leisure

Planet Leisure, 7-8 Maple Way, Newton Aycliffe, County Durham, DL5 6BF

Things to do at Planet Leisure review Planet Leisure is a multi-leisure complex close to Newton Aycliffe in County Durham. It features ten-pin bowling, roller skating, laser quest and axe throwing. Plus there is a trampoline park. Their laser quest takes place in an area of 5,000 sqft across 2...
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All Ages Indoor & Outdoor Museum Great Outdoors

The Bowes Museum

The Bowes Museum, Newgate, Barnard Castle, County Durham, DL12 8NP

Things to do at The Bowes Museum review The Bowes museum is an arts and textiles museum in Barnard Castle, County Durham. The museum was purpose built in the 19th century and has an internationally significant collection of fine and decorative arts. At every turn you can see important and...
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Toddlers Primary Indoor & Outdoor Animals

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue, Barnard Castle, Thorpe Farm Centre, , Greta Bridge, County Durham, DL12 9TY

Things to do at Wetheriggs Animal Rescue review Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is a UK registered charity open to the public located on the A66 just outside Barnard Castle in County Durham. They have a wide range of rescued animals. The centre is family run and your entrance fee helps...
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Adventure Valley

Adventure Valley, Union Hall Farm, The Bungalows Finchale Abbey F, Durham, County Durham, DH1 5SG

Things to do at Adventure Valley review Adventure Valley is a kid's indoor and outdoor play centre with lots to see and do including farm animals. Indoors there is a play town with over 18,000 sq feet of fun including slides, tubes, tunnels, scramble nets and more. Plus a Wild...
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ODEON Luxe Darlington

ODEON Luxe Darlington, The Bridge, Northgate, Darlington, County Durham, DL1 1RB

Things to do at ODEON Luxe Darlington review The ODEON Luxe Darlington, County Durham is located close to the centre of town off one of the main roads into the centre. ODEON Cinema is one of the UK's biggest cinema chains and they show the latest movies plus other...
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Beamish the Living Museum of the North

Beamish Museum, Regional resource centre, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

Things to do at Beamish the Living Museum of the North review Beamish Museum is an open air museum in County Durham. It’s a unique and wonderful way to learn about life in the North East of England in the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s. Many of the buildings...
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