The name “Durham” is coined out of the Old English “Dun”, meaning hill and the Old Norse “Holme” meaning island. Located in North Carolina, Durham is the largest city in the state according to its population count. It also has an extensive tourism sector that offers a host of Durham family attractions to curious visitors. Get all set to stuff new experiences into your bag, with Durham lying so close to the travel itinerary. Various museums as well as galleries will definitely impress those who love to explore culture. They can now watch the enlivening of the past through the historic houses, ancient castles, and famous cathedrals and relive the moments once again. But that’s not all. There are also lots of scopes for family fun, as you can get hands-on opportunities to interact with animal life too!
The Tanfield Railway is another major attraction of the city. It was opened way back in 1725 and hence is the oldest railway of the world. Interestingly, it is still in operation. This is one of the main Durham family attractions, where you can watch passenger trains driven by steam, locomotives, steam engines and vintage carriages. Other than this, you can also find the famous Crook Hall and Gardens that immediately transports you to the Medieval Age. Added specialties include a gallery and turret that is set within four sprawling acres, a maze, gardens and a Shakespearean backyard.
The city then has the Bowes Museum lined up for you that satisfies your aesthetic and artistic wishes. Here, your family can find an exquisite collection of European arts, along with exhibition articles. Specially designed children’s activities are added specialties of this attraction. Next, you can check out the Fun Shack, the largest indoor playground of the North. It is open everyday of the week and come rain or shine your kids will always have a gala time here.
Another prominent Durham family attractions is the Diggerland adventure park. In this park, your kids can drive as well as ride the diggers. This is a great place for family fun. Don’t give the National Railway Museum Locomotion in Shildon a miss. It is the first national museum of the North East and houses more than 60 vehicles, interactive exhibits and a great playing arena for kids.
Beamish, known as the Living Museum of the North, is an open air museum that vividly recreates life of the early 20th century. The Durham Heritage Center and Museum is a local history museum, which is located in a historic church. This is one of the most important Durham family attractions and narrates the story of the town since the 10th century to the present times, through a series of presentations, artifacts and models. Also, check out the Weardale Heritage Railway, which operates on steam between Stanhope and Wolsingham.