The Sands Centre (< 1 mile)
The Sands Centre
No posted lower age limit but competency is required. Up to 7m lead/toprope wals in curved resin with bolt-ons. Bendcrete moulded concrete bouldering section. 60 sq m of wall surface.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery (< 1 mile)
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery
Discover, explore and enjoy award winning Tullie House, where historic collections, contemporary arts and family fun are brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.
Carlisle Castle (< 1 mile)
With a new exhibition, a programme of guided tours, a picnic area, a unique gift shop and being so close to Hadrian's Wall, the castle makes for a full family day out. Plus Cumbria Military Museum.
Carlisle Cathedral (< 1 mile)
A beautiful medieval cathedral with stunning stained glass windows, an amazing ceiling, plus some really cool little details to keep an eye out for. Friendly guides on hand to give you more information. Free to visit.
Laser Quest Carlisle (< 1 mile)
Laser Quest Carlisle
Exhilarating laser tag in a 21st century battle zone for ages 7 and up. Stalk your opponents through an exciting labyrinth in this futuristic game. Birthday party packages available.
Bitts Park (< 1 mile)
Putting Green and Crazy Golf, Maze, children's play areas and Pirate Ship sand play area. They also have a seasonal FunSplash water splash park and more so it's a proper day out.
Aztec Soft Play (< 1 mile)
Aztec Soft Play
Their 3D play frames have been expertly designed to meet the different needs of children from 0 to 12 years and offer a safe, healthy environment to play, develop and explore.
Magic Castle Adventure Playground (< 1 mile)
Magic Castle Adventure Playground
An awesome multi level, medievally themed madhouse! Complete with comedy castle stonework, ramparts and ball moat, plus fun fort for the smalls: a really well themed adventure for your energetic mini monarchs!
AMF Carlisle (1 miles)
offers 24 lanes of auto scored modern tenpin plus those handy ball ramps and gutter guards for the kids. Air conditioned!
Eden Rock (1 miles)
is an indoor climbing centre catering for kids' birthday parties and have kids' clubs running every day of the week. It doesn’t matter if they haven’t climbed before; our fully qualified instructors will supervise the whole session; so you can just sit back and enjoy a coffee.
Walby Farm Park (3 miles)
Walby Farm Park
is the all weather attraction near Hadrian's Wall! Just 4 miles from Carlisle, you'll find Cumbria's largest indoor play area, exciting outdoor play areas, lots of animal friends and a nature trail.
Solway Aviation Museum (6 miles)
Solway Aviation Museum
A fascinating collection of aviation items from WW2 through to the 1960. Real aircraft you can climb aboard and explore. Learn what about the daily lives of children during WW2, and use our interactive computers to see and hear the story of Britain's Space programme.
Talkin Tarn Country Park (8 miles)
Talkin Tarn Country Park
Ancient woodland and gentle meadow intersected with easy access walking routes. A permanent orienteering course and numeracy trail are available too. A charming and simple excursion!
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop (9 miles)
Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop
Visit the famous Blacksmith's Shop where couples could elope to be married on the sly, now including wedding themed maze, sculpture gardens and play areas, plus Coach Museum and lots of romantic stories! Aww.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition (11 miles)
The Devils Porridge Exhibition
This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth, when volunteers came from around the world to make explosives together, and win a war!
Lazonby Swimming Pool (14 miles)
Lazonby Swimming Pool
Seasonal 17m by 6m heated outdoor pool offering general swimming, water polo and swimming lessons. With solar powered showers, playing field
Ullswater Steamers (16 miles)
Lake cruises surrounded by some of the highest mountains and home to many different birds and animals. Set sail with the kids and uncover secrets of the ‘Dark Lake’! Free activities to download online, plus Trail Maps available on site.
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool (16 miles)
Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool
offers an open-air swimming pool, a football playing field and two children’s play areas. The open-air swimming pool opens May to September.
Crafty Monkeys (18 miles)
Come and have fun throwing paint and clay around in our pottery and craft studio! We have Potter's Wheels, Pottery painting, Mosiac making and facilities for Building a Teddy Bear too! All ages, abilities and parties welcome, no need to book unless there are more than 5 of you!
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre (18 miles)
Eden Wall at Penrith Leisure Centre
8m leading walls (one overhanging by 1.5m) another with overhanging prow. An extension of Penrith's swimming pool and fitness centre rather than a climbing centre in its own right. Suitable for older children, but check in advance about age related restrictions.
Rheged (18 miles)
Located in Europes largest grass covered building, children visiting Rheged can get creative in our pottery painting workshop or play in turrets and tunnels outdoor adventure playground. We have an indoor soft play area and the largest 3d cinema in the north west. There are childrens events every school...
Happy Hooves Riding Centre (19 miles)
The Bounce Factor (19 miles)
The Bounce Factor
Come enjoy the high of bouncing with our 4 bed Bungee Trampoline: try a black flip and somersault! Have fun in our Body Zorbs and have a game of tig or football and bounce off your friends!
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre (19 miles)
Haltwhistle Swimming and Leisure Centre
Leisure centre with 3 outdoor pools, a 25 metre pool with giant flume slide, dedicated learner pool, and tots' paddling pool with fun toys for toddlers and babies. There is also a great adventure play area.
Lake District Wildlife Park (19 miles)
Lake District Wildlife Park
Over 24 acres with over 100 species to visit, from from Anacondas to Zebras! A great deal is under cover including play areas so rain need not spoil your visit!
The Gincase Farm Park (19 miles)
The Gincase Farm Park
Farm Park made up of 16 paddocks where you can see and pet familiar, rare and unusual farm animals and poultry plus a huge Play Barn with Crazy Town soft play area, Blacksmiths Shop playhouse, an outdoor Playground, an Animal Barn, a pedal go-kart track, and motorised Quad Bike track.
Crackers Soft Play (20 miles)
Crackers Soft Play
Multi level indoor play centre with fun features for all plus a sensory room! Particularly popular restaurant facility.
Wetheriggs Zoo and Animal Sanctuary (20 miles)
South Tynedale Railway (20 miles)
South Tynedale Railway
Wonderfully preserved steam and diesel locomotives from Britain and overseas run between Alston Station (875 feet above sea level) and Kirkhaugh, following part of the old Haltwhistle to Alston branch line along the Tyne Valley in North East Cumbria.
Rock UK Whithaugh Park (20 miles)
Rock UK Whithaugh Park
Zip wires, low ropes courses, mountain biking, indoor swimming, grass sledging, inflatable games and so much more: a terrific range of thrilling, bonding family adventures!
Mirehouse (21 miles)
A family run historic estate with strong literary connections, acres of house and grounds to explore and childrens activities including four adventure playgrounds and nature trails.
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum (21 miles)
Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum
With above and below ground railway rides and tours, mineral panning, museum exhibits and impressive vintage machinery to look at, there's plenty for everyone to do. Open Easter through October.
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe (21 miles)
Dalton Pottery Art Cafe
We have everything you need to create a special piece of pottery to take home with you, in less than an hour. Choose from a wide range of glazed pots, and get painting with our special ceramic colours, which when baked, are food and dishwasher safe.
Have a go at the fab Spin Art and take home a unique...
Abbott Lodge (21 miles)
Visit their livestock, play on their indoor and outdoor play areas and treat yourselves to one of their huge range of homemade ice creams! Best for under 8s.
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools (21 miles)
Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools
Two outdoor public heated pools, one for small people and the other a serious 20 metres long with a qualified lifeguard on duty. The pools are surrounded by half an acre of green space bordered by trees.
Keswick Climbing Wall (22 miles)
Keswick Climbing Wall
Boasting over 40 top rope climbs up to 8m high, plus large bouldering area. Parents get trained to belay so you can stay involved! Also offers outdoor sports sessions like kayaking. archery and high ropes course: loads!
Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground (22 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum (22 miles)
Cumberland Pencil Museum
Situated in the heart of the Lake District, a great all weather attraction for the whole family with lots of things to see and do. Funky kids' art studio, the world's longest coloured pencil, and free events throughout the year.
The Puzzling Place (22 miles)
The Puzzling Place
A fascinating, fun and social excursion into the wonderful world of optical illusion, which will leave you, quite literally, not believing your eyes! Suitable for all ages, featuring anti gravity and hologram effects plus loads more.
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail (22 miles)
The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail
Let the kids get some fresh air and burn off their excess energy on the self guided Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail. Explore Keswick and try to crack the code by solving the answers to the clues along the route.
King Kong Climbing Centre (22 miles)
King Kong Climbing Centre
A new climbing centre with several types of wall, including those for beginners to expert, plus an Ice Wall. Indoor Caving, Hard and Soft Play areas. Outdoor courses including Ghyll Scrambling and Outdoor Climbing available too.
Aira Force (22 miles)
Probably the most famous of the Lake District waterfalls, the main force falls 70 feet from below a stone footbridge. Aira Force provides a glimpse of a landscaped Victorian park with dramatic waterfalls, arboretum and rocks scenery.
Go Ape Whinlatter (23 miles)
Go Ape Whinlatter
The UK's No.1 Forest Adventure. Award winning outdoor adventure activities. Families and friends can enjoy a day out like no other. Fly down zip wires, leap off Tarzan Swings and tackle obstacles whilst enjoying some of Britain’s most breathtaking scenery.
Lockerbie Ice Rink (23 miles)
Lockerbie Ice Rink
Great ice rink that offers loads of frozen family fun with skating and curling available. Figure skating and ice dance club, plus Junior Curling group. All curling equipment supplied free and skates for hire.
Whinlatter Mountain Forest (23 miles)
Whinlatter Mountain Forest
Mountain bike trails, walking trails of varying difficulty, a high wires obstacle course and a super adventure playground with a climbing wall, water features, giant swings and a secret path!
Cockermouth Sports Centre (24 miles)
Cockermouth Sports Centre
Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
Vindolanda (24 miles)
A Roman encampment site with adjacent museum combine to make a memorable day genuinely enjoying learning! Offers a captivating insight into the garrisons of Hadrian's Wall.
Mossburn Animal Centre (24 miles)
Mossburn Animal Centre
Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Jordans Jungle Fun House (24 miles)
Jordans Jungle Fun House
Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Wordsworth House and Garden (24 miles)
Wordsworth House and Garden
Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.
Thanks for all the great things to do in Carlisle with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Cumbria can enjoy the great day out as well.
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