Just a stone’s throw away from the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland, the Great Border City of Carlisle is an attractive place to live, work and visit. The city is very much steeped in history, with the Romans playing a big part in making it what it is today, but you can however also see lots of medieval, Cromwellian, Jacobean, Georgian and Victorian influences around the city.
With lots of high street favourites, designer labels and independent boutiques, the city centre is great for shoppers, and with a number of Italian, Indian, Malaysian, Chinese, Thai, British and European restaurants, lots of buzzing bars and quaint cafés, the city’s foodie offering is wide and varied. For tourists, and locals too, there’s lots to see and do, here are a few of our favourites:
With a history going back 900 years, this beautiful medieval cathedral has a fascinating story to tell – www.carlislecathedral.org.uk
Dominating the city’s skyline, Carlisle Castle was built on the site of an important Roman period fortress. Today it is a popular visitor attraction with exhibitions, guided tours, a picnic area and gift shop. english-heritage.org.uk
This Grade One Jacobean building stages permanent and changing exhibitions celebrating Carlisle’s history, nature and the arts.
The Sands Centre
The Sands Centre is Cumbria’s leading entertainment and sports venue. Showing everything from comedians and live artists to international ballets and orchestras, it also offers gym and sports facilities.
One of the biggest bouldering walls in the country, Eden Rock has great climbing facilities for kids, beginners, advanced and pro climbers.
The Lanes Shopping Centre
With over 70 shops, The Lanes is the largest shopping centre in Cumbria.
Stonyholme Golf Course
Stonyholme is an award-winning 18-hole, par 69 golf course great for families.
OUT OF TOWN AND FURTHER AFIELD
Carlisle Racecourse (2.5 Miles)
Home of racing for more than 260 years, Carlisle Racecourse offers a great day out for all the family.
Walby Farm Park (4.5 Miles)
With outdoor play areas, the county’s largest indoor play area and lots of animals, Walby Farm Park is a great day out come rain or shine.
Lowther Castle (24 Miles)
With beautiful gardens currently undergoing a fascinating restoration project, Lowther Castle is a great place for a walk — and freshly baked scones!
Brougham Hall (20 Miles)
This 14th century country house was rescued from dereliction in 1985 and has a fascinating history. Today it is home to a variety of arts and craft workshops and Café Eden.
Talkin Tarn (11.5 Miles)
Popular for leisurely walks, Talkin Tarn is situated just outside Brampton and has a tea room and amateur rowing club.
Rheged Centre (20 Miles)
Europe’s largest grass-covered building, Rheged shows films and exhibitions and is home to a variety of shops selling locally produced crafts and foods.
An amazing World Heritage Site stretching 73 miles from coast to coast along some of the country’s most beautiful landscapes.
The Lake District National Park
Arguably England’s most beautiful national park, The Lake District is home to the country’s highest point, Scafell Pike, and deepest lake, Wastwater. There’s also an abundance of attractive towns and villages and fantastic pubs and restaurants.
Gretna Gateway (9.5 Miles)
Home to lots of designer brands, this popular shopping outlet is just over the Border and is a great place to find a bargain.