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Carlisle [7] is an English cathedral and historical fortress city located in the modern county of Cumbria, at the northern end of the Lake District and 10 miles from the Scottish border.

Get in[edit]

By Car[edit]

The M6 runs just through the outskirts of Carlisle, 10 miles before the scottish border.

By Train[edit]

The West Coast Main Line from London Euston to Glasgow Central and Edinburgh Waverley runs through Carlisle. A variety of companies operate services through the area.

By bus[edit]

If you want to cross the region in one day, consider buying the North West Explorer ticket (10.80£) for Stagecoach company [11].

Get around[edit]

See[edit][add listing]

Explore the Eden Valley.


  • Carlisle Cathedral [12] - founded in 1112.
  • Carlisle Castle, Carlisle city centre, [13]. Maintained by English Heritage, Carlisle Castle was first established in 1093 by an English king, William II, and has guarded the border area for 900 years. Admission: adult £4, children £2, concessions £3.

Museums and Galleries[edit]

  • Tullie House Museum, Castle Street, [14]. An excellent museum dedicated to all aspects of Border life and featuring great exhibits relating to Hadrian's Wall. Admission adults £5.20, concessions £3.60, child under 16 £2.60, family £14.50, children under 5 free'.

Do[edit][add listing]

Carlisle offers easy access to many parts of Hadrian's Wall (though the Hadrian's Wall Footpath is just a scenic route along a path where wall was). The city runs just to the north of this historic landmark.

Visit the cathedral, very impressive for a city of its size.

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The Lanes Shopping Centre, with entrances on English Street and Lowther Street is the main shopping centre in Carlisle. It houses mainly national chains such as Debenhams, New Look, BHS and HMV.

English Street is a large pedestrianised thoroughfare running from The Lanes to the train station. It includes a large Marks & Spencer, House of frazer, Topshop and many more.

Strawberry Fields: very good second hand and retro clothing store near the Law Courts.

Bookcase: a massive second hand book store that spans four floors and a basement with a large stock of book, both fiction and non-fiction as well as CDs and LPs. You could spend hours in this store opposite the cathedral that has friendly staff.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Foxes Cafe Lounge. Amazing coffee, healthy food, wonderful environment, art gallery, music, performance, art and more. [15]

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Concrete on Lowther Street is a popular nightclub.
  • Botchergate is lined with bars of differing styles and expense.

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Swallow Hilltop, 01228 529 255 (), [1]. Heated pool, sauna and gym.  edit
  • Willowbeck Lodge, Lambley Bank, Scotby, CA4 8BX (From M6 take A69 to Newcastle. First exit to right and into village. Go under railway bridge and turn right.), [2]. checkin: 10 pm; checkout: 11.00 am. Luxury b&b in architect designed house with private grounds. Evening meals available and fully licenced. Full access to the internet. £100.  edit
  • Hall Hills (Self-Catering Holiday of the Year), Raughton Head, Dalston, CA5 7AN (4 miles south west of Carlisle), 016974 76779, [3]. Five self-catering cottages in converted 17th century stone barns.  edit
  • ibis Carlisle, (+44)122/8518000 (), [4]. Ideally situated in the historic capital of Cumbria and only a short drive from the Lake District, ibis Carlisle grants immediate access to historic points of interest within the city.  edit
  • Hollow Creek Cottage, Kirkandrews on Eden, 01228 576403, [5]. 3 miles from Carlisle, delightful 1 bed farm workers cottage, sleeps 2(+2)+cot, adjoins the owners Grade II listed, 18thC farm house, set in 7 acres of land. The original features have been successfully combined with modern fittings and fixtures to create a comfortable and cosy holiday home. It has direct access to Hadrian’s Wall, Cumbrian Coastal Path and the coastal cycle route (72).Wi-Fi free. Shop 1 mile, pub ¾ of a mile.  edit
  • Carlisle City Hostel, 36 Abbey Street (Locaed just behind the cathedral opposite tullie house gardens back entrance gate), 01228545637, [6]. checkin: 14:00-20:00; checkout: Latest 10:30. Carlisle's only independent Backpacker Hostel is very popular with walkers, hikers and budget travelers. Located on picturesque Abbey Street this beautiful Georgian house is a home from home for weary guests. Free wi-fi, self-catered kitchen, comfy beds, communal living room with TV & DVD's, free tea and coffee, secure bike storage. See website for best prices £17 - £20. (54.895049,-2.940914) edit

Get out[edit]

Carlisle is a short drive to the Scottish Border, English Lake District, Northumberland’s National Park and is close to the Solway Firth, with its nature reserves and bird life sanctuaries. This is an excellent base for those wishing to explore this beautiful and diverse area plus the heritage sites of Hadrian’s Wall and Border Reiver history.

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