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!

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The Bowes Museum

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The young and the young-at-heart can explore The Bowes Museum through the provision of interactive games and activities throughout the Museum. Grab y...

Falconry Days

  • Hexham
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

Falconry Days is a family business with a real passion for birds of prey. If you share fascination of these amazing birds then this is the place for...

Egglestone Abbey

  • Barnard Castle
  • Outdoor
  • Landmarks

Egglestone Abbey The charming ruins of a small monastery of Premonstratensian 'white canons' (a Roman Catholic religious order), picturesquely set ab...

Beach and Marine Gardens

  • Fleetwood
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

A trip to the beach is always a treat, but taking a dip in a very British (cold) sea isn’t! Instead of taking the plunge, try crazy golf, bowling and...

Glazey Days

  • Fleetwood
  • Indoor
  • Pottery Centres and Ceramic Cafes

If you are looking for a ceramic studio in Blackpool or Fleetwood, Glazey Days is a lovely option. Whether you are looking to produce a bespoke plate...

Fleetwood Museum

  • Fleetwood
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Fleetwood Museum takes you back through time to find out what the town of Fleetwood was like at different points in history from its fishing heyday t...

Aysgarth Falls

  • Leyburn
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • National Parks

Aysgarth Falls hosts a Green Tourism Awarded visitor centre from which you can begin your adventure with expert guidance and directions. The centre i...

Hexham Abbey5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Hexham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Hexham Abbey has many sights to take in, including some rare historical artefacts. Listen as two mischievous church mice show you around the abbey! T...

The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The clear directions on the Castle Douglas self guided themed Treasure Trail, will lead you on an intriguing walk of discovery. The whole family, fro...

Settle Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Settle
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Pick out a pirate name and with a yo ho ho, join the hunt for buried loot on the Settle Treasure Hunt Trail. Salty sea dogs, young and old, will have...

Hexham Old Gaol

  • Hexham
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

Hexham Old Gaol was built in 1330 and is the oldest custom built prison in England and has a befittingly rich history of plagues, bribed guards and j...

Hexham Treasure Hunt Trail

  • Hexham
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Throw away your captain’s hat and hook for something a little more fitting: a thinking cap! You’ll need it on the Hexham Treasure Hunt Trail. What is...

Bolton Castle

  • Leyburn
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

Bolton Castle is superb medieval fortress with a packed programme of daily events and activities indoors and out, great for a family day trip! Family...

Threave Castle5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Threave Castle On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway. The s...

Wetheriggs Animal Rescue

  • Barnard Castle
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Giving unwanted or injured creatures the gift of a home is what Wetheriggs Animal Rescue is all about. It makes it a must see for all animal lovers!...

Kielder Water Bird of Prey Centre

  • Falstone
  • Outdoor
  • Zoos and Wildlife Parks

The Kielder Centre contains the North of England's largest and most complete collections of Birds Of Prey! At the Centre you will discover a vast var...

Kielder Art and Architecture

  • Kielder
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Kielder Art and Architecture is a great way to explore Kielder Forest and Water Park and be inspired by the interesting collection of sculptures and...

Leaplish Waterside Park

  • Kielder
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Leaplish Waterside Park is 1 of 3 visitor centres at Kielder Water and Forest Park and a terrific location to set course for in warmer weather! Activ...

Hamsterley Forest

  • Bishop Auckland
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

At Hamsterley Forest, you’ll have a great day out with something for everybody of any age. There’s loads to do, including walking trail and exciting...

Farmer Parr's Animal World

  • Fleetwood
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

There are lots of different personalities waiting for you down at Farmer Parrs Animals World. Meet many different species of animals, from traditiona...

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