Experience Nature from Durham Hotels

The city of Durham and its surrounding county is a fantastic destination for a family getaway, and Durham hotels are surrounded by activities to suit everyone. For nature lovers and those who like to explore the land, Broom House Forest Adventure Trail provides a maze of woodland and nature trails to explore through a variety of pathways. Along the way, nature quizzes and adventure activities make their appearance to keep the whole family entertained. Also easily reached from Durham hotels, the award winning Hall Hill Farm is perfect for animal lovers, with baby lambs to bottle feed, grazing cattle and smaller animals to hold as well as tractor rides and an indoor play area.

Unlock the Secrets of the Cities Past

For the history lovers on family breaks at Durham hotels, the Durham Heritage Centre and Museum provides an insightful key to the cities past. From medieval times to present day, interactive exhibitions and activities document the cities development and growth, including some gruesome tales of horror! Visitors can also make their own brass rubbings from moulds based on original church brasses. A fairly new attraction to visit from Durham hotels, The Gladiators; A Cemetery of Secrets exhibition is part of the larger collection of York Jorvik Centre. Placed on display in Durham, this exhibition houses remains found in a very unusual burial ground. The skeletons of around 80 bodies were uncovered, mostly male and of a taller than average stature. Also well built for males of the time, it is speculated that the burial ground was that of a group of Roman Gladiators. Signs of fatal stab wounds and, in some cases, decapitation further support this theory. The exhibition explores the mystery surrounding this ancient discovery. 

Trips from Durham Hotels for Thrill Seeking Families

For the adventurous families staying at Durham hotels, Beamish Wild is a bird of prey centre, adventure park and high ropes course all rolled into one. The adventure park, set in the surroundings of ancient woodland, offers archery, tree climbing, zip wires and many more activities to children under 12, whilst the high ropes course, open to adults and children aged 10 and over, offers an action packed rope course with some daunting obstacles. For real ale loving adults, there is also an onsite micro brewery providing the Stables bar with its very own Beamish Wild ales. For more adventure, Diggerland provides a unique experience for children an adults alike. An adventure park with rides based on construction vehicles, Diggerland also offers the opportunity for visitors to drive real life machines under the guidance of qualified supervisors. For the younger ones, play areas and small coin operated rides are present throughout the park. Located within easy reach of Durham hotels, there’s plenty of fun and adventure for all the family.