Things to Do as a Family in Durham 

Connect as a family as you enjoy all of the most interesting and unique attractions that Durham has on its doorstep. Award-decorated museums and UNESO World Heritage Sites are just some of the things that your family can uncover. Whether you’re three, or 93, Durham has something to make you smile on every day of your visit.


Kynren ·

Flatts Farm, Bishop Auckland, County Durham, DL14 7SF

Not just a theatre production, this spellbinding open-air performance brings drama to life – thanks to its cast of over 2,000 actors and animals. Marrying together education with explosive storytelling and blockbuster-style effects, Kynren offers a history lesson with a difference, making it the perfect experience for the whole family. The award-winning performance takes place at dusk on weekends between August and September


Durham Botanic Garden ·

Botanic Garden, Durham University, Hollingside Lane, South Road, Durham City, DH1 3TN

Set on the grounds of the world-famous Durham University are 10 acres of vibrant botanical gardens – containing plants from all over the world. Discover a sense of calm as you meander among the colourful walkways packed with wild flora and fauna. With child-friendly activities taking place all year round, and a variety of changing exhibitions, the Durham Botanic Garden makes for a delightful day out with the family.


Durham River Cruise ·

The Boathouse, Elvet Bridge, Durham City, DH1 3AF

Providing the most magical view of Durham from the riverside, a river cruise is without doubt the best way to see the city on a limited time scale. This unforgettable one-hour experience boasts the most interesting views of the cathedral, castle and bridges – all from the comfort of the boat’s sundeck. Not forgetting, a live guide will also talk you through all of the most important aspects of the city’s history.


Beamish ·

Beamish Museum, Regional Resource Centre, Beamish, County Durham, DH9 0RG

As far as family days out go, Beamish is the top of the trophy cabinet. Winning a surfeit of tourism awards, this open-air museum has something for every member of your family. This sprawling museum features a 1940’s farm, a pit village and a war-time town – with a traditional tram system to transport you around. A must-see for all ages.


Oriental Museum ·

Oriental Museum, Elvet Hill, Durham, DH1 3TH

Durham’s Oriental Museum provides a feast for the eyes, with colourful ancient artefacts and enlightening exhibitions around every corner. Described as a “treasure trove of world history”, this museum, which is part of the prestigious Durham University campus, is a brilliant way to learn and discover as a family. Guided tours given by enthusiastic experts are also available to make the most of this illuminative experience.