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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Cumbria

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 201 fun things to do in Cumbria for you and the family to discover. Popular towns and places to go include Carlisle, Kendal and Penrith. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 118 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Cumbria day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Cumbria with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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Ullswater Steamers

  • Glenridding
  • Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

Ullswater Steamers offer the perfect opportunity to explore the area. Referred to as the 'Dark Lake' in Arthurian legend, it is believed monsters use...

Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

The highlight at Threlkeld Quarry and Mining Museum is naturally the underground element, but if the kids aren't too keen on descending then unlike t...

Aira Force

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

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 o...

Keswick Climbing Wall

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

Keswick Climbing Wall Great for beginners for several reasons: it's a friendly and supportive environment with highly qualified yet accessible lesson...

The Keswick Spy Mission Treasure Trail

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

By following the route along this self guided themed Keswick Treasure Trail, you and the children are sure to have a great time solving the clues and...

Fitz Park BMX Track and Playground

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The playground and green space at Fitz Park in Keswick now also features a full size well equipped BMX track thanks to tireless local campaigning: we...

King Kong Climbing Centre

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Climbing

King Kong Climbing Centre gives you loads of opportunities to have active fun with your friends or family. If you fancy an exciting climb, there are...

The Puzzling Place

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Puzzling Place's World of Illusion takes the theme of Illusion and runs with it. It is home to their ‘Anti-gravity Room', ‘Ames Room', ‘Hologram...



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Derwent Pencil Museum4 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Keswick
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Derwent Pencil Museum (previously Cumberland Pencil Museum), situated in Keswick, Cumbria, in the heart of the Lake District, is a great all weather...

Go Ape Grizedale

  • Hawkshead
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

If you thought a visit to the Lake District was for laid back relaxation, then you haven’t seen Go Ape Grizedale; this all-action centre is home to a...

Dove Cottage and Wordsworth Museum

  • Grasmere
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Dove Cottage and The Wordsworth Museum will take you back to the era when Wordsworth was writing his poetry. Little has changed in the cottage and it...

Lake District National Park

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Love nature? You’re bound to spend days on end exploring Lake District National Park! With 912 square miles of stunning valleys, lakes, coastlines an...

Go Ape Whinlatter

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Stuck for day out ideas? Take a trip to England's only true Mountain Forest which, luckily enough, also homes a high ropes adventure 1000 ft above se...

Greystoke and District Outdoor Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Greystoke and District Swimming Pool offers an open air swimming pool, a football playing field and 2 children's adventure play areas! An ideal combi...

Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata

  • Keswick
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Caves and Mines

Go overground, underground and simply get grubby at Honister Slate Mine & Via Ferrata. Your journey begins with a fully guided tour into the mine...

Mirehouse3 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Mirehouse is a family run estate with house, formal gardens, woodlands, meadows and shoreline to explore. A lovely day out for outdoorsy types but wi...

Whinlatter Forest

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Discover fascinating secret paths in Whinlatter Forest, as you venture on one of the family-friendly discovery trails. Explore the  A Shaun the Sheep...

The Ambleside Mystery Treasure Trail

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

You’re going to need all your mystery busting skills to get around the Rambler’s Riddle. He’s planted a series of dastardly clues all over The Ambles...

Cyclewise Whinlatter Bike Hire & Shop

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

Take your adventure off road with Cyclewise Whinlatter Bike Hire & Shop. Roll up and hire one of their high-quality mountain bikes. From here the...

White Platts Recreation Ground

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Found in the centre of Ambleside, White Platt's Recreation Ground has the best mini golf in the lakes! There is 9 hole mini-golf course – with a 90 m...

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