Perfect summer family days out in Durham

25 May 2019

The county of Durham is home to many cultural, historical and outdoor attractions to keep you busy this summer.

The city of Durham itself is perfect for a long weekend visit, but the surrounding countryside boasts a wealth of outdoor activities, perfect for a warm summer’s day with the family.

Here’s some ideas for a perfect summer family day out in Durham.

1. Durham City Centre

Just a 15 minute drive from Days Inn Durham and you’re in the heart of the city.

In between some shopping and lunch, spend the day walking around the city centre of Durham and immerse yourself in the local history.

Durham Castle and Durham Cathedral are beautiful attractions close by to one another, both showcasing the best of the city’s history.

2. The Auckland Project

The market town of Bishop Auckland is home to The Auckland Project, a history and heritage project celebrating 900 years of history at Auckland Castle. Whether you’re interested in the art galleries, parks or the castle itself, there’s something for everyone at The Auckland Project.

The Project comprises of seven different venues to explore. You can also take your pick of a number of restaurants, one of which will be serving up Spanish-inspired cuisine.

Check their events page to see what exhibitions the project is holding during your visit.

3. North Pennines

While you would need more than a day to explore the entirety of the North Pennines, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is home to a wealth of landscape, including High Force Waterfall in Teesdale, renowned as one of England’s most spectacular waterfalls.

In the heart of the national park is Weardale Adventure Centre, an activity centre for all the family, allowing you to get active and adventurous among the natural surroundings of the North Pennines.

For a warm summer’s evening activity, try your luck at stargazing in the North Pennines, recognised as one of the best places in England to see the night skies.

4. Durham Heritage Coast

For the perfect summer’s day at the beach, visit Durham Heritage Coast which spans from Hartlepool to Sunderland. There’s a coastal path with stunning panoramas of this heritage spot that was completely renovated between 1997 and 2002 to make it more accessible to the public.

5. For a rainy day…

If there’s one thing we can rely on, it’s that UK weather can’t be relied on! The county of Durham has a wide range of indoor activities for all the family to enjoy for when those unexpected rainy days fall upon us.

Top Gear Karting is the perfect indoor activity to get all the family involved in an adrenaline-fuelled afternoon of racing around an indoor circuit. 

And when the weather is at its worst, there’s no better excuse than to go shopping. Durham’s Dalton Park Outlet is just 25 minutes from our Days Inn hotel, with countless outlet stores to suit all the family’s retail needs!

Wrapping up

If you’re looking for some ideas on how to spend a couple of summer days out, County Durham is the perfect setting in the North East of England.

Book your hotel stay with us at Days Inn Durham.

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