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

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!

  1. Laser tag room at Laser Quest Carlisle

    Laser Quest Carlisle


    Laser TagLaser 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor 0.1 miles from Carlisle
  2. Vue cinema screen. Source: PinkNews

    Vue Carlisle


    Cinemas and TheatresCinemas 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.2 miles from Carlisle
  3. Family on Treasure Hunt Trail

    Carlisle Treasure Hunt Trail


    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Outdoor 0.2 miles from Carlisle
  4. Outside view of Carlisle Cathedral

    Carlisle Cathedral


    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.3 miles from Carlisle
  5. Gallery at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle

    Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 0.3 miles from Carlisle
  6. Indoor soft play frame at Aztec Soft Play in Carlisle

    Aztec Soft Play


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 0.3 miles from Carlisle
  7. Red coat officers at Carlisle Castle

    Carlisle Castle


    Castles and PalacesCastles 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...

    Suitable for 4-12 Indoor, Outdoor 0.4 miles from Carlisle
  8. Ball pit at Magic Castle Adventure Playground in Carlisle

    Magic Castle Adventure Playground


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor 0.5 miles from Carlisle
  9. Climbing wall at The Sands Centre in Carlisle

    The Sands Leisure Centre


    Swimming Pools and Leisure CentresSwimming 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...

    Suitable for 13+ Indoor 0.5 miles from Carlisle
  10. Outside view of Cumbrias Museum of Military Life in Carlisle

    Cumbrias Museum of Military Life


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor 0.5 miles from Carlisle
  11. A family bowling

    AMF Bowling Carlisle


    Ten Pin Bowling AlleysTen 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 0.6 miles from Carlisle
  12. Monument at Bitts Park in Carlisle

    Bitts Park


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 0.6 miles from Carlisle
  13. People bouldering at Eden Rock in Carlisle

    Eden Rock



    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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor 1.2 miles from Carlisle
  14. Boy playing with Peppa pig at Noah's Ark in Carlisle

    Noah's Ark


    Indoor and Soft Play AreasIndoor 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...

    Suitable for 0-8 Indoor 1.3 miles from Carlisle
  15. Walby Farm Park

    Walby Farm Park


    Children's FarmsChildren'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...

    Suitable for 0-12 Indoor, Outdoor 3.7 miles from Carlisle
  16. Aeroplane at Solway Aviation Museum in Carlisle

    Solway Aviation Museum


    Museums and Art GalleriesMuseums 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...

    Suitable for 9+ Indoor, Outdoor 6.1 miles from Carlisle
  17. Lake at Talkin Tarn Country Park in Brampton

    Talkin Tarn Country Park


    Parks and PlaygroundsParks 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...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 8.8 miles from Carlisle
  18. Outside view of Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop

    Gretna Greens Famous Blacksmiths Shop

    Gretna Green

    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for all ages Indoor, Outdoor 9.3 miles from Carlisle
  19. Outside view of The Devils Porridge Exhibition in Eastriggs

    The Devils Porridge Exhibition


    Tourist AttractionsTourist 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...

    Suitable for 4+ Indoor, Outdoor 11.6 miles from Carlisle
  20. People in outdoor swimming pool at Lazonby Swimming Pool in Penrith

    Lazonby Swimming Pool



    Lazonby Swimming Pool is a life saver in the hot: a 17m by 6m outdoor pool heated to a comfortable 26 degrees, it's ideal for both a family splash ab...

    Suitable for all ages Outdoor 13.5 miles from Carlisle

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