Explore Carlisle's historic city walls and one of the city's oldest buildings, the medieval listed Guildhall Museum. Offering a fine choice of independent shops, world cuisine restaurants, old inns and a wide range of quality hotels and B&Bs, Carlisle caters exceptionally well for business and leisure guests, and is your perfect gateway onto Hadrian's Wall and into the Lake District National Park.

Things to Do in Carlisle City Centre

The city of Carlisle sits on the northern edge of the Lake District National Park and on the western edge of the North Pennines and is one of Britain's great historic cities. A gateway to Hadrian's Wall, the city contains spectacular heritage attractions including Carlisle Castle founded in 1092, Carlisle Cathedral founded 1122, the remains of Carlisle West Walls dating from 1122 and the beautiful Carlisle medieval Guildhall Museum built 1407. Explore the rich history of Carlisle in the superb Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle.

City centre shopping is a treasure trove for local produce and specialist shopping fans. Carlisle has a compact largely pedestrianized city centre with award-winning Market Halls, great farmers' markets and the premier Lanes Shopping Centre in the historic quarter.

Settle-Carlisle Railway

Carlisle city is a major transport hub on the border of England and Scotland with fast mainline rail links from the stunning Citadel station built 1847 and designed by William Tite run regularly to/from London city centre with a journey time of about 4 hours. Regional rail links into the North West, Yorkshire and the North East from Carlisle are excellent and the city is incredibly accessible by road, easily accessed off the M6,

One of the best ways however to get to historic Carlisle station is via the famous Settle-Carlisle Railway running between Leeds north to Carlisle. This historic scenic railway route runs through the beautiful Yorkshire Dales taking in the spectacular Ribblehead Viaduct. Chartered steam and diesel trains operate regularly on the Settle Carlisle railway.

The Sands Centre Carlisle

Top Cumbria arts centre The Sands Centre in Carlisle city centre offers a packed programme of theatre, music concerts and dance. First class on-site conference facilities, restaurants, a cutting edge health and fitness centre and plenty of activities for families are all available with The Sands Centre - Carlisle's real hub entertainment and conference venue.