Best Things To Do & Days Out In Cumbria

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 200 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 – 117 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!

Find your perfect day out

Ambleside Climbing Wall

  • Ambleside
  • Indoor
  • Climbing

Ambleside Climbing Wall is the perfect family option. With our experienced and fully qualified instructors we will take you through the basics of cli...

Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Askham Outdoor Swimming Pools is an ideal location for families and friends to cool down in the summertime plus stay fit and healthy and build up the...

Rheged Indoor Play

  • Penrith
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Sun, rain or snow, the Rheged Centre is home to amazing inspiring activities and events for children of all ages, with plenty to keep parents amused...

Windermere Lake Cruises

  • Bowness
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tours and River Cruises

No matter where you start your journey with Windermere Lake Cruises, be it from Bowness, Ambleside or Lakeside, the spectacular and family friendly v...

Happy Hooves Riding Centre

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Welcome to Happy Hooves Riding Centre and Eamont Competition Horses. We are situated in the heart of Cumbria just outside of Penrith, 2 minutes from...

Abbott Lodge

  • Penrith
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Abbott Lodge is a working dairy farm which produces over 30 flavours of homemade Jersey ice cream, of which at any time a whopping 16 types are avail...

Penrith Leisure Centre

  • Penrith
  • Indoor
  • Swimming Pools and Leisure Centres

Penrith Leisure Centre offers a massive range of activities all under cover, ideal for entertaining the family whatever the great British weather is...

Crafty Monkeys5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Penrith
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

Crafty Monkeys allows children and adults to let loose and make their own pottery on the Potter's wheel, paint ready made items like cups, piggy bank...

Wray Castle

  • Ambleside
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Wray Castle is a veritable king of castles: turrets, towers, period dressing-up, castle building room, hidden treasure to find, the new Peter Rabbit...

Brockhole Lake District Visitors Centre

  • Windermere
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Lakes

Brockhole Lake District Visitors' Centre on the shores of Windermere has loads to do outdoors and indoors with a 30 acre site of shoreline, woodland...

Predator Experience

  • Lake District
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

In the natural world it doesn’t make much sense to actively seek out and get close to predators. However that’s what you’ll get at the Predator Exper...

Treetop Trek Windermere

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

Adventurers assemble! The treetops are calling with 35 daring challenges at Treetop Trek Windermere. Experience life above the clouds as you climb 40...

Treetop Nets5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • High Ropes Courses

You'll have made it to the top (literally) at Treetop Nets in Cumbria. Let your kids enjoy this unique experience that will leave them feeling like t...

Lake District Wildlife Park

  • Keswick
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Lake District Wildlife Park is the only wildlife park in North Cumbria. Visit amazing animals against a backdrop of stunning natural landscape! This...

Shap Swimming Pool

  • Penrith
  • Outdoor
  • Lidos

Shap at just under 1,000 ft is England's highest heated open air swimming pool! Their volunteer run 16 metre community pool is open daily from May to...

Grizedale Forest

  • Ambleside
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Grizedale Forest offers beautiful views from Lake Windermere to Coniston Water. Just follow one of the waymarked walking trails and it will lead you...

Crags Adventures

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

Crags Adventures Crags Adventures is a small, family run business offering exciting outdoor activities in the Lake District. We meet at different loc...

Lake Windermere

  • Windermere
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

Lake Windermere is one of the most popular places to visit in the Lake District and there‘s a reason why! The area is absolutely stunning - you’ll fe...

The World of Beatrix Potter

  • Bowness-on-Windermere
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The World of Beatrix Potter is a vibrant family attraction, bringing to life all 23 enchanting stories in a magical recreation of the beautiful Lake...

Coniston Water

  • Coniston
  • Outdoor
  • Lakes

Weather’s nice and you feel like escaping the city? Pack a lunch bag and take the kids to Coniston Water - the 5th largest lake near Coniston village...

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