Attractions at Kingfisher

Days out for all the family in County Durham

Days out and attractions in County Durham

There are a whole host of attractions near Kingfisher for you to enjoy, whether you are looking for history, adventure or culture.


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Bishop Auckland
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Visit the Walworth Birds of Prey

Set in the stunning grounds of Walworth Castle, the Walworth Birds of Prey Falconry centre is the perfect place for a fun, family day out. Meet the birds, see both of their fabulous falconry flying displays and their bird feeding station, take a walk in the ancient woodland whilst looking for their hidden creatures on the nature trail or take their fun quizzes whilst you tour the aviaries. You can even buy something special to remind you of your visit in their friendly gift shop. Once you have paid you can come and go all day allowing you to plan a great day out and include lunch at Walworth Castle Hotel.

Visit the Walworth Birds of Prey for a perfect family day out of falconry display

Breathe in the historic Auckland Castle

One of the most important and best-preserved medieval bishop's palaces in all of Europe, Auckland Castle is a sight to behold. Once home to the Prince Bishops of Durham, the 900 year-old palace stands at the heart of a sacred landscape, surrounded by 200 acres of parkland, and is easily accessible thanks to it’s location just a stone’s throw from Bishop Auckland town centre. The castle is currently undergoing restoration and redevelopment, however a programme of events continues to run and Auckland Park, with its fish ponds and 19th century Deer House, is free to explore.

Enjoy the historic Auckland Castle and park near Heather View

View the most important collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England

Bowes Museum is a breathtaking purpose built French chateau set in stunning grounds on the edge of Barnard Castle town centre. With 2017 seeing its 125th anniversary, there are a number of fascinating collections to view and artwork to be admired. Founders John and Joséphine Bowes built the museum to showcase the wider world of art to the people of Teesdale. In addition to the museum exhibitions there is a cafe and play area, plus extensive grounds to discover.

View the most important collection of fine and decorative arts in the North of England - The Bowes Museum near Kingfisher Leisure Park

Take in some of the area's rich heritage

A beautiful English Heritage site set on high rock above the River Tees, Barnard Castle is an incredible 13th century castle dominating the southern entrance to the town of the same name. You can experience incredible views over the Tees Gorge by way of the castle walls walks, enjoy a picnic in the heart of the castle and visit the castle’s sensory garden. The Castle sits on the fringe of the historic market town of Barnard Castle, where you can also find a historic buttermarket, the Whitham Arts centre and Bowes Museum. Bowes Castle and Eggleston Abbey are also historic sites of interest worth visiting in the area.

Take in some of the area near Kingfisher Leisure Park's rich heritage - Egglestone Abbey

See the past come to life at Beamish Museum

You can experience amazing sights, sounds, smells and delicious tastes as the past comes to life at this award-winning open air museum. Step back in time, explore the 350 acre site and discover life in North East England in the 1820s, a 1900’s town, pit village and colliery and a 1940s farm. With a huge range of activities on throughout the year celebrating other eras. The museum activity encourages interaction for the whole family and is open all year round.

Enjoy the award winning Beamish Museum in County Durham, perfect for the whole family

Raby Castle

With over 600 years of history provided by Lord Barnard's home, Raby Castle offers an insight into life through the ages.

Set in beautiful surroundings, there's plenty to do for a full family day out. Enjoy exploring the spectacular interiors, stroll through the walled gardens, spot deer in deer park, view horse-drawn carriages from years gone by, get refreshed in the tearooms and for the kids there's a woodland play area.

The park and gardens at Raby Castle are the ideal place to visit during your time at Heather View and Kingfisher

Binchester Roman Fort

One of the largest Roman military installations in Northern Britain and the largest fort in County Durham, Binchester Roman Fort lets you explore Roman life in the 1,700 year old under floor heated bath house.

Excavations can be visited from June to August and during this time there will be re-enactments, details of which can be found by calling them.

See how the Romans lived at the Binchester Roman Fort near Heather View and Kingfisher leisure parks

Low Barns Nature Reserve

Full of wildlife, this Site of Special Scientific Interest is home to all sorts of insects, mammals, birds and plants. With the introduction of a reedbed habitat and a boardwalk enabling public access with minimal disturbance to the wildlife, the site's flat terrain makes it the perfect place for everyone to visit.

On your visit you could spot damselflies, dragonflies, frogs, newts, otters, foxes, roe deer and much more.

Dragonfly image to accompany text on County Durham local area event page

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