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

Train at The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway

The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway

  • Leadhills
  • Indoor
  • Railway and Transport Attractions

At The Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway you can visit Scotland's highest villages and enjoy a run on the narrow gauge railway which operates from Le...

People on horses at Field House Equestrian Centre in Crook

Field House Equestrian Centre

  • Crook
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Field House Equestrian Centre is a fully BHS Approved Riding Centre and Pony Club nestled in the midst of the beautiful Wear Valley, providing the id...

Entrance to Lakeland Wildlife Oasis in Milnthorpe

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  • Milnthorpe
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Get up close with nature at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. Venture through the tropical halls where bats, butterflies and birds fly freely, become a zookee...

Fell End Nature Reserve

Fell End Nature Reserve

  • Milnthorpe
  • Outdoor
  • National Parks

Enjoy a good family day out in nature? Then Fell End Nature Reserve is a great place for you to visit! Go for a leisurely stroll through the reserve...

The model railway at Millom Discovery Centre

Millom Discovery Centre

  • Millom
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Take kids on a journey through time with quizzes, toy trains and dressing up at Millom Discovery Centre. Who says history has to be boring?! Located...

Soft play area at Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play in Stanley

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play

  • Stanley
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Louisa Lagoon Adventure Play is a giant four-level play frame jam packed with fun for children aged 5 years + (up to height 49). There's slippery sli...

Kids playing laser tag at Laser Battlefield in Beamish

Laser Battlefield

  • Beamish
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Laser Tag

Laser Battlefield If you've loved Call of Duty type games on XBOX or Playstation, or just want to know what it feels like to be a member of a special...

Trimontium Heritage Centre

  • Melrose
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The Trimontium Heritage Centre is a firmly educational stop but one that's fairly fascinating for all ages and will lead to some interesting conversa...

Outside view of Raby Castle in Darlington

Raby Castle

  • Darlington
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Every single one of the atmospheric rooms in Raby Castle, from the magnificent Barons' Hall to the Mediaeval Kitchen gives fascinating insights into...

Walking path within Lakeland Miniature Village in Grange Over Sands

Lakeland Miniature Village

  • Grange-over-Sands
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Lakeland Miniature Village features over 100 buildings made from local Coniston slate, all of which have been carefully handcrafted with hand tools o...

Boy exploring grounds of Traquair House

Traquair House

  • Traquair
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Stately Homes and Gardens

Traquair House and grounds has plenty to offer families including a maze, woodland and willow tunnels to explore, a mini adventure playground for all...

Kids jumping at Cream o Galloway in Castle Douglas

Cream o Galloway

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Cream o Galloway welcomes every member of the family, from 8 months to 88 years old! There's action and adventure for big kids with the adrenaline pu...

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