Carlisle Tourist Information

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

Cumbria’s ancient border city Carlisle is a gateway into Scotland, Hadrian’s Wall and the Lake District. It’s a beautiful historic centre attractions including Carlisle Cathedral and Castle and world class museums and galleries featuring the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery where you’ll find outstanding collections of Pre-Raphaelite art and work by the best of the Arts & Crafts Movement artists.

The ancient city of Carlisle has a fascinating history as a western Roman gateway to the Wall, a strategic Norman defensive border town with castle and a mighty Medieval powerhouse where trades guilds met in the central Guildhall which is now the city’s half-timbered and free entry Guildhall Museum. One of the North’s top racecourses is also here in Carlisle offering a great mix of flat and National hunt racing plus plenty of themed racing events and live music concerts.

Ancient Roman forts lining the Cumbrian stretch of Hadrian’s Wall such as Birdoswald and old Augustinian priories like Lanercost are within easy reach of the city. Carlisle is also a great Cumbrian city for conference events offering a superb range of large and small venues, luxury hotels with exceptional business facilities and a wide choice of restaurants, shops and modern entertainment venues like The Sands Centre in the city centre.

Discover Cumbrian markets in Carlisle which hosts an acclaimed monthly city centre farmers’ market and offers Monday to Saturday market shopping in the beautiful Victorian Carlisle Market Hall.  You could visit Carlisle during one of its many festivals and events ranging from Spring flower and Autumn fire shows to food festivals, big name summer music festivals and the big light up over Christimas.

Enjoy specialist shopping at its best in Carlisle around The Lanes in the historic quarter and in the largely pedestrianised city centre you’ll find a great mix of top high street names and independent department stores like Carlisle’s Hoppers.  Stay in the border city of Carlisle on the edge of Lakeland and Hadrian’s Wall and choose from holiday cottages, luxury guest houses and conference and wedding hotels all widely available in and around the city centre. Book a place to stay in Carlisle with Iknow.

Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.