20 Best Things To Do In Carlisle Near Me | Day Out With The Kids

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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Carlisle

From exciting history and stunning architecture to a whole load of great things to do in Carlisle - you’re bound to have a great family day out there! 

With thrilling stories of its life as a working fortress to fancy dress opportunities, Carlisle Castle first up on our list of top attractions. If your little ones enjoy a good educational day out, Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is a fantastic attraction, featuring lots of interactive exhibitions looking into Roman life. And if you enjoyed that, the Cumbria Museum of Military Life will also be up your alley.

 

If you think you can sneak a little bit more history in your family days out, then Carlisle Cathedral is a stunning landmark to put on your list of things to do too. Rather have a good day out at the farm? Walby Farm Park is our go-to place for that in Carlisle. It boasts Cumbria's largest indoor play area, hands-on educational animal shows and a whole lot more…

 

For a little bit of soft play magic, visit Magic Castle Adventure Playground, or  Noah’s Ark or take the kids on an amazon adventure at Aztec Soft Play


Fancy a day trip from Carlisle with the kids? Our trusted explorer Karren has a few ideas of awesome things to do in the North West; she’s tried them all, with three kids under 6 at that!

Find your perfect day out

Laser tag room at Laser Quest Carlisle

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 cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

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...

Family on Treasure Hunt Trail

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...

Outside view of Carlisle Cathedral

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...

Gallery at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle

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...

Indoor soft play frame at Aztec Soft Play in Carlisle

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...

Red coat officers at Carlisle Castle

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...

Ball pit at Magic Castle Adventure Playground in Carlisle

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...

Climbing wall at The Sands Centre in Carlisle

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...

Outside view of Cumbrias Museum of Military Life in Carlisle

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...

A family bowling

AMF Bowling 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 AMF Bowling Carlisle, of course! Team this classic activi...

Monument at Bitts Park in Carlisle

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...

People bouldering at Eden Rock in Carlisle

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...

Boy playing with Peppa pig at Noah's Ark in Carlisle

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...

Walby Farm Park

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...

Aeroplane at Solway Aviation Museum in Carlisle

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...

Lake at Talkin Tarn Country Park in Brampton

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...

Outside view of Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop

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...

Outside view of The Devils Porridge Exhibition in Eastriggs

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...

A girl showing her hands covered in sand

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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