County Durham has a wide range of things to do for families. Each of its charming towns has its own attractions and the city of Durham is home to a variety of family-friendly places of interest.
In this blog, we’ve outlined the top ten things to do for families in County Durham, including a range of outdoor and indoor attractions.
Let’s start with Durham Cathedral, the gem of Durham City. During a cathedral tour, your family can hear about the cathedral’s fascinating history and explore the areas of the Cathedral that were used to film Hogwarts scenes in the Harry Potter films!
You can also enjoy the woodlands paths and trails surrounding the museum, or experience one of the exhibitions or installations. For example, during the Autumn months, you can see Durham Cathedral in a whole new light as Luke Jerram's Museum of the Moon illuminates the nave.
Beamish Living Museum Of The North
The world-famous open air museum is a must-visit attraction in County Durham. With your family in tow, take a step back in time and experience life in North East England during the 1820s, 1900s, 1940s and 1950s.
Beamish is home to a 1900’s town, pit village, 1940’s farm and Edwardian railway station and so much more. Spend the whole day exploring Beamish by hopping on and off the 1950’s buses, browse the shops and stalls and enjoy food from the many eateries.
Who doesn’t love alpacas? Teesside Alpacas is located on a working farm, meaning you can only visit by booking beforehand. During your visit, enjoy a trek through the beautiful Teesside countryside with the warm, fuzzy alpacas. You can also visit the working farm and might even get to feed an animal or two!
With three UK locations, including Durham, Diggerland UK is an action-packed theme park for the whole family to enjoy. From thrill-seekers to digger enthusiasts, there’s something for everyone at Diggerland.
Children and adults can ride, drive and operate real diggers, dumpers and other full-size construction machinery during a visit to Diggerland. Aside from the rides, your family can enjoy an off-road ride on the Groundshuttle, or have a go on the Dodgems and Go-Karts. They can also make the most of the indoor and outdoor play areas.
Weardale Adventure Centre
Nothing beats outdoor adventure in an area of outstanding natural beauty. Weardale Adventure Centre is located in the heart of the Northern Pennines and offers an abundance of exciting outdoor activities for the whole family.
Gorge walking, canoeing, white water rafting, rock climbing, archery, caving and mine exploration are just a handful of the activities available at Weardale. If you want to experience adrenaline rushes and push yourself to new limits whilst having fun, Weardale Adventure Centre is the perfect day out for you.
Raby Castle, Park and Gardens is one of England’s finest medieval castles. If you’re a fan of history and culture, Raby Castle will no doubt become one of your favourite attractions in County Durham.
The castle itself is brimming with fascinating rooms, artwork and artefacts. And the grounds provide plenty of space for exercise, adventure and wildlife spotting. Little children can enjoy the Woodland Adventure Playground, or the whole family can go on a bike ride.
Raby Castle is also home to a series of family events throughout the year. During the Autumn and Winter months, these include a Scavenger Hunt, Halloween Half Term Trail, Enchanted Festive Forest and Fireside Stories With Father Christmas.
High Force Waterfall
Trek along a marked route through towering trees to see one of County Durham’s most spectacular natural attractions – High Force Waterfall. Watch in awe (and take lots of pictures!) as the River Tees plunges 21 feet to the gorge below.
High Force Waterfall is impressive all year round, but the Autumn and Winter Months tend to see it at its most powerful. If you choose to continue walking along the circular route, you’ll also come to the Low Force Waterfall, which is another of Durham’s amazing natural wonders.
The little ones will have heaps of fun at the amazing Adventure Valley in Durham. An undercover farmyard, creature corner, wild west play town, action creek and runaway ranch are just some of the attractions on offer at Adventure Valley.
Your family can also meet the farm animals or have a game of Adventure Golf. Better yet, book onto one of the Adventure Valley events for the ultimate family experience. Upcoming events include Pumpkin Festival and Winter Wonderland.
If your children are a little older, TopGear Karting offers a thrilling day out for the family. The impressive 200m karting track caters to adults and juniors aged 8+ and provides an abundance of indoor fun – perfect for when the weather is letting you down.
TopGear Karting also offers birthday party packages, so your kids and their friends can feel like champions after a day on the tracks!
Infinite Air Trampoline Park
Another fantastic indoor attraction, Infinite Air Trampoline Park is loved by the whole family. The adrenaline-fuelled space is jam-packed with trampolines, inflatables, soft play areas and laser games. There’s even Infinite Tots hosting sessions for children under the age of six.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, some of the attractions mentioned may have restrictions in place for your own safety. We recommend checking their website before visiting.
Living In County Durham
Are you looking for a home in County Durham? Perhaps you want to move to one of the county’s charming market towns. If you’re looking for an affordable home in County Durham, we can help.
Here at Accent Housing, we are a housing association providing affordable and quality homes throughout England. We have a wide range of homes in County Durham, including family homes, flats and sheltered accommodation for seniors. For example, we have sheltered housing in Stockton.
If you would like to find out more about moving into an Accent Housing property, get in touch with our team.