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Discover Carlisle: City of the Lakes

Carlisle has been a significant place since well before Roman times and is currently the largest city in England by area with a population of more than 100,000. The city is at the northern extreme of the North West of England, only 10 miles from the border with Scotland and is the urban capital of the county of Cumbria. If it’s fun you want from extreme sports, to quality time with the family, Carlisle has the places to play, the attractions to visit and plenty of quality and quirky dining and drinking experiences. Carlisle surprisingly easy to get to and the perfect centre to explore further afield.

Don’t Miss Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall, just a stone’s throw from Carlisle, is a fascinating World Heritage Site and the most important monument built by the Romans in Britain, still evoking a strong sense of standing on the edge of an empire. Nearby Birdoswald Roman Fort commands stunning views over the Irthing valley to the Lake District Fells.

A Great Location

Carlisle dominates a huge area of geography with our nearest city neighbours being Newcastle 58 miles to the East, Glasgow 96 miles to the North, Lancaster 68 miles to the South with the Irish Sea to the West. We also have the beautiful, picturesque Lake District right on our doorstep!

Award-Winning Attractions

Discover Carlisle’s Historic Quarter with its 900-year-old cathedral and medieval castle – a great attraction for everyone, with dungeons and labyrinths to explore, and home to Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life. Enjoy the award-winning Tullie House Museum and delve into Carlisle’s fascinating history.