A weekend in Carlisle

Discover 2,000 years of history in Cumbria’s only city

Carlisle is a bustling city located just eight miles south of the Scottish border. It’s a place that’s steeped in history, as a walk round its historic centre will reveal – but it’s also a vibrant destination with modern shops, cafés and leisure facilities.

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Things to do in Carlisle

Carlisle has been a centre of population since before the Roman occupation, and its importance is plain to see from the extent of the city walls that encircle the centre. The 12th-century West Walls, which run behind St Cuthbert’s and around the cathedral, are the best surviving examples.

The city’s significance is also embodied in its impressive castle, which has dominated the skyline for nine centuries. There’s no better way to immerse yourself in the Carlisle’s turbulent history than by exploring the medieval castle rooms and walking the ramparts. The city’s magnificent 12th-century cathedral is a short walk away from Castle Street – take the time to gaze up at the East Window on your visit.

A visit to the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Castle Street is a must. This impressive fusion of old and new is one of the North West’s premier attractions and houses a wide range of exhibitions and events for adults and children alike. Younger visitors will love climbing the life-sized section of Hadrian’s Wall, and visiting the badgers’ sett.

Plan your Carlisle trip for the first Saturday of the month to experience the Farmers’ Market. Enjoy a wander round soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and sampling the fantastic array of local produce – you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing something for lunch.

Recommended things to do in Carlisle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Cathedral

Cumbria Way: Caldback to Carlisle (walk)

The Guildhall Museum

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Walby Farm Park

Places to stay in Carlisle

From affordable city-centre hotels and homely guest houses to luxury cabins on the city’s outskirts, there’s something to cater for every taste and budget.

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Crown Hotel Wetheral

Dandelion and Hoglet Holiday Cottages

Howard Lodge Guest House

Premier Inn Carlisle Central

Langleigh House

The Crown & Mitre

The Tranquil Otter

Where to eat in Carlisle

Enjoy cosy pub grub, modern British cooking and AA-Rosette dining on your Carlisle Weekend Escape.

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Crown Hotel

Dobbies Carlisle

Pentonbridge Inn

The String of Horses Inn, Faugh

Smiths at Gretna Green

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