Travelling around Carlisle
Carlisle is situated in Cumberland in the North West of England, where the rivers Eden, Caldew and Petteril meet. Just 10 miles from the Scottish border, this former Roman outpost is brimming with old-world charm.
With two areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty and one World Heritage Site, Carlisle is a sightseer’s dream, as you can walk in the footsteps of Roman warriors at Hadrian’s wall, explore the city’s medieval heart or take in some local culture at one of the many art galleries and museums.
Carlisle has excellent road and rail links. Arriva buses operate in the area, providing routes to nearby towns and villages, such as Corbridge and Hexham, as well as regular services to Newcastle upon Tyne.
After discovering Carlisle’s historic quarter, with its medieval castle and soaring 15th-century cathedral, explore the castle grounds, climb the cathedral’s bell tower or pick up a bargain at the old Victorian market. For a little local culture, be sure to visit the Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery, a converted Jacobean mansion boasting a number of unforgettable exhibits. Or pop along to the Guildhall Museum, set in an authentic medieval townhouse, for a glimpse into Carlisle’s rich mercantile past.
Carlisle is surrounded by natural beauty, and you’ll find country parks, forest trails and plenty of outdoor activities just a short walk from the city centre. Hammond’s Pond has a boating lake, kids’ play areas and a miniature railway, or for a little more excitement, there’s nearby Gnar (Go North and Ride) Bike Park, offering thrills and spills on two wheels in a beautiful woodland setting.
If you’re after some retail therapy, you can shop till you drop at one of Carlisle’s exclusive boutiques. And once you’ve spent up, why not grab a coffee and enjoy some street entertainment at one of the city’s many open-air cafés. As the sun sets, this beautiful border city comes to life, with music, dancing and live entertainment.