Best Things To Do & Days Out In Carlisle, Cumbria

All the kid-friendly things to do in Carlisle, combined with rich history and stunning architecture make for a great family day out.

Carlisle Castle is well worth a visit. It has been a staple part of the city for nine centuries, which means it has a rich history to share with visitors of all ages. Children will love the stories of its life as a working fortress as they discover the castle through a range of guided tours and fancy dress opportunities!

In this town you get two impressive landmarks for the price of one! The Carlise Cathedral is a small but perfectly formed building over 900 years old and packed full of history. Children will love the ceiling full of stars and the old-fashioned dolls dressed as kings and queens of the past, which can be played with.

Tullie House Museum and Art Galley is an award-winning attraction, home to an extensive historic collection that depicts Roman Carlisle. Full of fantastic, interactive exhibitions, visitors can immerse themselves into Roman life during Carlisle family days out.

The town also has a range of indoor and outdoor activities for families, such as indoor climbing centre Eden Rock, Magic Castle Adventure Playground – the medieval themed soft play and Bitts Park where families can play a bit of crazy golf, board the pirate ship and cool off in the seasonal splash park.

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Walby Farm Park

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Up for a family day out? Make your way to Walby Farm Park where the fun never stops, no matter the weather! From getting hands-on in the fully-covere...

Laser Quest Carlisle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Quest Carlisle is the ultimate action packed sci fi adventure for all ages in this real life video game style experience! Stalk your opponents...

Vue Carlisle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Want to discover endless possibilities and watch a never-ending amount of exciting stories? Jump into movie magic at Vue Carlisle, where you’ll find...

Carlisle Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Carlisle
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Take to the streets on the hunt for buried loot, on the Carlisle Treasure Hunt Trail. It’s a great way to see the sights while keeping your crew of s...

Carlisle Cathedral

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Carlisle Cathedral is a small but beautiful 900-year-old building, full of history, stained glass and... spy tours! Begin by taking a peek at the sta...

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery has something for everyone! During the holidays and at selected weekends, we provide drop-in sessions based on th...

Aztec Soft Play

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Aztec Soft Play's 3D play frames have been expertly designed to meet the different needs of children from 0 to 12 years (height restrictions apply) a...

Carlisle Castle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Standing proudly in the city it has dominated for nine centuries, Carlisle Castle was a constantly updated working fortress until well within living...

Magic Castle Adventure Playground

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Magic Castle Softplay offers your little princes and princesses (and your jesters and villains too!) a day of imaginative exercise and entertainment...

The Sands Leisure Centre

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

The Sands Centre This exciting and fun, very popular sport takes place on our magnificent state of the art climbing wall. Their fully qualified climb...

Cumbrias Museum of Military Life

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Cumbrias Museum of Military Life Cumbria's Museum of Military Life tells our story, Cumbria's County Infantry Regiment and its soldiers past and pres...

Hollywood Bowl Carlisle

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Ten Pin Bowling Alleys

While it might be called tenpin bowling, there’s only one way to play: by paying a visit to Hollywood Bowl Carlisle, of course! Team this classic act...

Bitts Park

  • Carlisle
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Frequent Green Flag winnerBitts Park is great for families, offering a nice range of activity options and some truly beautiful surroundings. It has a...

Eden Rock

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Eden Rock is an indoor climbing centre with a dedicated kids area and a cafe serving coffee and teas for the parents. We run kids' clubs every day of...

Noah's Ark

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Make playtime educational! Introduce your little ones to God’s word through play at Noah’s Ark - a family-owned soft play centre in the west of Carli...

Solway Aviation Museum

  • Carlisle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Solway Aviation Museum is a collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts and displays reflecting Britain's position as a former world leader in aircraf...

Talkin Tarn Country Park

  • Brampton
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Talkin Tarn Country Park is a whopping 165 acre site rich in fairytale like mature woodland and gentle meadows, all surrounding a glacial lake (the t...

Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop

  • Gretna Green
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Gretna Green's Famous Blacksmiths Shop has a lot more to it these days than the well known elopement significance and is actually a lovely place to v...

The Devils Porridge Exhibition

  • Eastriggs
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The Devil's Porridge Exhibition is an amazing exhibition which tells the story of arguably the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth, which was constru...

Annan Beach

  • Annan
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a relaxing day out by the seaside? Head down to Annan Beach in South Scotland, a great marsh and shingle beach that’s perfect for a seasi...

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