If you’re visiting Durham for a few days, you may wish to venture further afield and explore some of the attractions and places nearby.

Our Jewel in the Crown leaflet has a few key suggestions, and here are a few more places that Pointers have enjoyed:

Adventure ValleyAdventure Valley

Family adventure park with indoor and outdoor play areas for children, animals to meet and special themed events.

5 miles from Durham (car recommended)

Charges apply.

 


 

Diggerland

Diggerland

A wide variety of construction equipment to drive and ride.

5 miles from Durham in Langley Park. Bus no 13 0r 14 from Durham to Langley Park

Charges apply. Cafe.

 


 

Low BurnhallLow Burnhall Wood: Woodland Trust

Way marked trails, a wicker man and a wicker lady to discover, as well as lots of interesting trees and wildlife.

1 mile outside Durham. Free car park. Bus 21 to Cock o’ the North

Free of charge.

 


 

Rainton MeadowsRainton Meadows Nature Reserve: Durham Wildlife Trust

A network of accessible pathways linking grassland, woodland, lakes and wetlands. WildPlay area.

6 miles from Durham. Free parking. Buses to Sunderland stop at Rainton Business Park

Free of charge.

Cafe.


 

Broom House FarmBroom House Farm, Witton Gilbert

Farm with pigs and sheep, large play area with some ride on toys. Woodland Adventure trail (Charges)

7 miles from Durham. Car recommended

Café and farm shop.

 


 

WashingtonWashington Wetland Centre: WWT

A great place to see a wide variety of wetland birds

14 miles from Durham, Car recommended

Charges apply.

Café.

 


 

Hall Hill FarmHall Hill Farm, near Lanchester

A great day out for children

12 miles from Durham

Charges apply.

 

 


 

Hardwick Hardwick Hall Country Park

Country park with walks, lakes and play areas.

16 miles from Durham. Car park. Buses to Sedgefield.

Free of charge. Café.

 

 


 

PenshawPenshaw Monument

Climb up the hill for stunning views from this 70 ft high folly, built in 1844.  The legend of the Lambton Worm tells us it wrapped itself 7 times round Penshaw Hill (or was it Worm hill nearby?)

12 miles from Durham

FREE (charges to go up to the top of the monument when it is open)

Café nearby


 

Finchale AbbeyFinchale Priory (English Heritage)

Founded in 1196, the remains of Finchale Priory stand on the banks of the River Wear and is a pleasant place to explore

4 miles from Durham

FREE