Days Out Attractions & Buildings
Blue Reef Aquarium
Open: 10am-5pm daily. Adults £8.75, Children £6.25, Under 3s free, Senior/students £7.50, Family tickets £28.00 (2+2)/£33.00 (2+3) For activities with kid-appeal the Blue Reef Aquarium is a winner. Enjoy close encounters with graceful sharks and rays and stroll among the colourful inhabitants of coral reef in a spectacular underwater tunnel. Over 30 naturally-themed undersea habitats are home to an amazing variety of aquatic life.
Bolam Lake Country Park and Visitor Centre
Open: Visitor Centre: 10.30am-4.30pm. Weekends, Bank holidays and school holidays from 12.00pm-3.30pm. Bolam Lake Country Park lies about 9 miles west of Morpeth and is signposted off the A696 from Belsay. It is situated in the heart of the beautiful Northumberland countryside surrounded by historic landscapes and dramatic views. It has lakeside, woodland and open grassed areas for all to enjoy with the attractive lakeside walk being accessible for wheelchairs and pushchairs.
Border History Museum
Adults £3.95, OAP £3.20, Child £2.10, Family £10.50. Open: 11am-4.30pm Mon-Sat during holidays. Tues-Sat during term. Collections include: Archaeology, Archives, Costume and Textiles, Law and Order, Music, Photography, Social History, Weapons and War.
Bottle Of Notes
The Bottle of Notes was welcomed into Middlesbrough in 1993, an iconic steel sculpture comprised of quotes from Captain Cook’s journals. It’s the work of work renowned artist Claes Oldenburg and remains one of the key pieces of the town’s lively and picturesque Central Square.
Free entry. The impressive ruins of Henry II's 12th century keep, on the site of a Roman fort guarding the approach to strategic Stainmore Pass over the Pennines.
A quality hotel in the heart of Bardon Mill, near Hexham. The Bowes Hotel is open 365 days a year for food, drinks and accommodation.
Open: April-Sept. 11am-4pm Mon, Thurs, Fri, Sat and Sun Closed October-March 28th. Adult £3.40, Conc. £3.10, Child £2 This 12th century priory, founded 1135 as a house for the Augustinian canons and restored in the 19th century is one of the best examples of early Gothic architecture in the north.
Brown’s Rowing Boats/Prince Bishop River Cruiser
Rowing boats: Adults £5.00 / Children £4.00 (£10 deposit) What better way to take in Durham’s beauty than by rowing boat? Get your friend to row, drape your hand in the water and admire the view. Alternatively, if you’d both rather relax then hop on board the Prince Bishop River Cruiser for a boat cruise around the city.
Open Mar-Oct, daily 10.00am-4.30pm. Adult: £3.75, children & concs.: £3.25, family ticket £13 (2 adults & 3 children). Butterfly World is full of creepy crawlies. If you can catch a spider and not wince at the thought of it wriggling around in your clasped hands, then you will enjoy this tropical and unusual experience with its many endangered species of insects.
Captain Cook's Birthplace Museum
Tuesday to Sunday, 9.30am-4.30pm. Adults £2, concs. & children £1, family ticket £4(2 adults 2 children). This is a fantastic and interactive museum for children and adults alike. It focuses on the life of Captain James Cook, born nearby, and delves into the world of one of history’s greatest navigators through permanent and temporary exhibitions. It goes on to explore into the life of seamen in general and the difficulties attendent upon such a like: the truth behind the wooden legs and bottles of rum.
Castle Way, Carlisle
10am-5pm Daily. £6.50 Adults, Concessions £5.50, Children (5-15) £3.90, Family £15.90. Special discount rates available for group bookings. The Castle Keep and its medieval gatehouse, the Black Gate, have recently reopened as a combined visitor attraction, following a £1.67m Heritage Lottery funded refurb. New exhibits chart the history of the fortress- from royal stronghold to county prison and teeming slum. Finish by climbing the 99 stairs for unbeatable views of the Newcastle Gateshead Quayside.
Situated behind Durham Cathedral, this is the location of the Chorister’s School and the Dean and Chapter Office, as well as beautiful Georgian houses surrounded by lawns and trees and is widely considered one of the prettiest places in Durham.