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Travelling around Carlisle

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. 


Carlisle Castle

Carlisle is absolutely steeped in history, as its origins stretch right back to Pre-Roman times, when it was home to a tribe of ancient Britons. The invading Romans transformed it into a stronghold and the town was used as a staging post for the legions guarding Hadrian’s Wall. Carlisle Castle was built in 1092 and Henry I granted the town permission to erect a priory in the early 12th century. This later became Carlisle Cathedral and the town achieved city status in 1133. Carlisle was transformed after the Industrial Revolution, becoming a thriving hub for textiles and trains.