County Durham Visitor Attractions

Co. Durham Tourist and Visitor Information with links to heritage, nature and tourist attractions, many with brief details of disabled access. Along with the attractions listed on this page you may also find places of interest on the Co. Durham Historic and Architectural Properties and Gardens pag and Nature page. We suggest that you also visit the pages for the neighbouring counties to see what else there is in the area.

We support 'Accessible Countryside for Everyone' in providing a brief guide as to the access / facilities for the sites listed, where we have them.


Adventure Valley - Union Hall Farm, Brasside - Action Creek - pedal go-karts, the biggest jumping pillow in the UK, outdoor play equipment from slides and frames to giant sandpits, Busy Bees Barn -Wild West Play Town, Show Time Theatre, Creature Corner and Bertie our record breaking tortoise!indoor play Town - over 18,000 sq feet of indoor play, birds of prey - giant slide, Goat Race, zip-line, cute and cuddly animals from chipmunks to giant rabbits - "the vast majority of the site is wheelchair accessible with the exception of Adventure Valley Golf"


Auckland Castle - Auckland Charitable Trust – “For almost 900 years, it has been the palace of the Prince Bishops of Durham” – castle, art collection, deer park, tea room - The route from car parking areas within Bishop Auckland is flat and easy. Our main garden areas are also flat. The Deer Park has paved access. No disabled access to some areas within the Castle.


Beamish – The Living Museum of the North – “Beamish is a hands-on Museum. Many sounds, smells, tastes and textures can be experienced; and objects, surfaces and textiles handles making for a multi-sensory experience.” - Free wheelchair hire is available, accessible toilets and baby changing facilities, induction loop systems -


Beamish Wild Adventure Park - adventure trails, zip wires and rope bridges, high ropes course for over-10s, Powerfan free-fall experience, Archery sessions - we have no accessibility info on this site


The Bowes Museum - Award Winning Museum - Barnard Castle – various collections are displayed on three floors of the French-styled building. - wheelchair access to most areas – “Disabled visitors are encouraged to contact the Museum in advance”


Durham City’s World Heritage Site Visitor Centre - Housed in a refurbished 19th century almshouse, learn about Durham Cathedral, why it is still a place of pilgrimage and Durham Castle originally built in the 11th Century under William the Conqueror - Owengate, Durham - we have no accessibility info on this site


Locomotion: The National Railway Museum at Shildon - fun interactive displays and more than 70 heritage rail vehicles on show, outdoor play area, cafe - fully wheelchair accessible, "please note it is a partially open-air site", accessible toilets, wheelchairs available to hire


Killhope: The North of England Lead Mining Museum - trips down the mine, craft activities, exhibitions, - Wheelchair access to the Visitor Centre, Accessible wildlife hide, Accessible toilets, Baby changing


Raby Castle - Discover One of England's Finest Medieval Castles – with fine interiors and architecture spanning the Medieval, Victorian, Georgian and Regency periods, stunning art collection, walled gardens, 200 acre deer park, horse-drawn carriage collection, tearooms, woodland play area, plus special events - Parts of the castle ground floor are wheelchair accessible and there is a level access DVD presentation viewing area, which includes subtitles showing the interior of the castle situated on the ground floor in the Entrance Hall. Baby changing facilities. Accessible toilets in the Coach Yard near the tearooms. Wheelchairs are available, which can be booked in advance.


Weardale Railway Stanhope, Bishop Auckland - Scenic heritage rail service in the Wear Valley - Stanhope Station has shop, café and toilets (including disabled and baby changing facilities)


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