Carlisle - The Great Border City

Carlisle is an excellent stop off point if you are travelling to or returning from Scotland but there is also much to do and see in and around the historic Great Border City.

You will find yourself at the centre of historical England where Celts, Romans, King Arthur and Bonnie Prince Charlie have all left their mark.

This all contrasts beautifully with a vibrant modern day city where the cathedral and castle sit along side some fantastic shops, bars and restaurants.

There is so much to do in Carlisle, click below to see more information:


Carlisle Castle

The castle has connections with great historic characters such as Edward I, Mary Queen of Scots and Bonnie Prince Charlie.

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Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Cathedral

Founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of warfare services have been said and sung daily here for nearly 900 years.

Items of special interest include the east window, with its 14th century stained glass, and a magnificent 16th century carved Flemish altarpiece.

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Carlisle Cathedral

The Sands Centre

The award-winning Sands Centre is Cumbria's premier venue for Arts, Events, Entertainment, Conferences, Exhibitions and Meetings, Health and Fitness and Sport and Recreation. Originally built in 1984 the centre now attracts over 650,000 visitors per year.

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The Sands Centre

Shopping in Carlisle

Carlisle offers one of the most compact, level and visitor friendly city centres in the country. From boutique chic to familiar high-street havens, you will find it all in the award winning The Lanes shopping centre and the pedestrianised main high street.

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Shopping in Carlisle

Tullie House Museum

Tullie House boasts many different attractions and features brought together in one impressive museum and gallery. With changing exhibitions in the Special Exhibitions Gallery and travelling exhibitions in the Art Gallery, there's always something new and exciting to see.

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Tullie House Museum

Carlisle Racecourse

Horse racing in the historic border of Carlisle dates back to at least the 16th Century and each year Carlisle Racecourse holds the Cumberland Plate and Carlisle Bell races, carrying on a tradition which dates back to that era.

Amongst it's innumerable 'claims to fame', Carlisle launched the first operational Tote on British racecourses in 1929 and notably Red Rum won at the September meeting prior to each of his Grand National wins.

Located just off Junction 42 of the M6, Carlisle Racecourse offers superb facilities for both race day and non race day events.

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Carlisle Citadel Station

Because of its strategic position, Carlisle became a great 19th century railway city. Carlisle is the northern end of the famous 72 mile Settle to Carlisle Railway scenic route.

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Carlisle Citadel Station