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Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall

Discover Carlisle – England’s biggest city by area - and find yourself on the doorstep of both the Lakes and Hadrian’s Wall Country. Just a few miles from Scotland, the official capital of Cumbria blends 2000 years of history with everything you would expect from a vibrant, 21st century city.

The formidable fortress of Carlisle Castle stands proud over the cityscape, while a packed programme of heritage tours, activities and exhibitions offers the perfect introduction to times gone by on the edge of an ancient empire.

Continue your unique historical adventure on Hadrian’s Wall, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the most significant monument built by the Romans in Britain. Stand in awe at the jaw-dropping scenery and drop in to Birdoswald Roman Fort to see the longest continuous stretch of wall still visible today.

Head back to Carlisle for some intense retail therapy and immerse yourself in a magical mix of high-street brands and independent retailers. Keep yourself entertained with everything from ice-skating to a round of golf, then take your pick from the countless quality and quirky dining and drinking experiences on offer.

Complete your city break with national sporting events, comedy nights and even outdoor film screenings. Carlisle Pageant, the spectacular Carlisle Fire Show and Cumberland Show are just some of the annual events to savour.

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Carlisle and Hadrians Wall
Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle

Carlisle is England's biggest city by area and is the official capital of Cumbria. The city sits on the doorstep of both the Lakes and Hadrian's Wall and blends 2000 years of human occupation with everything you would expect from a vibrant 21st century city
Brampton
Talkin Tarn

Brampton

Brampton, the main market town and base for exploring Hadrian's Wall, is surrounded by the gently rolling countryside of the Irthing Valley and Geltsdale, leading up to the rugged beauty of the North Pennines AONB (Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty).
Wigton
Wigton Town

Wigton

Tall Georgian houses lining its streets, an attractive memorial fountain gracing the old market place and an elegant Georgian church all suggest that Wigton was a market town of some importance in days gone by, with its jumble of streets, narrow lanes and alleyways somehow earning it the nickname ‘The Throstle's Nest'.

What's On

Aladdin

Aladdin

Carlisle

Thu 1 - Sat 10 Dec 2016

The Green Room's annual pantomime - this year discover what happens when street urchin Aladdin gets three wishes and his very on genie in Aladdin!

Ensemble 360 (©Marcer Campbell)

Ensemble 360

Carlisle

Wed 7 Dec 2016

International musicians and much-loved Carlisle-regulars, Ensemble 360, talk you through every step in the enigmatic way that is synonymous with these wonderful musicians.

Carlisle Citadel

Hidden History Tours

Carlisle

Mon 5 - Fri 9 Dec 2016

For the first time the tours will include both Citadel Towers. Introducing you to the Tudor gun ports and Georgian re-build.

Image courtesy of The House of Illustration

War Horse Illustration Exhibition

Carlisle

Wed 30 Nov 2016 - Tue 17 Jan 2017

Book Illustration Competition Long List 2016: War Horse Exhibition

Christmas shopping

Late Night Christmas Shopping

Carlisle

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Each Thursday in the run-up to Christmas, shops and stores in Carlisle city centre will remain open until late, with some stopping open until 9pm.

Late Night Shopping Club

Late Night Shopping Club

Carlisle

Thu 8 Dec 2016

Let your children have some festive fun whilst you get your Christmas shopping done.

City of Carlisle Orchestra: Winter Concert

City of Carlisle Orchestra: Winter Concert

Carlisle

Sat 10 Dec 2016

The programme opens with the sparkling Rusman and Ludmilla Overture by Mikhail Glinka, while the major work for the evening will be Jean Sibelius’ majestic Symphony Number 2.

Santa-days

Santa-days

Carlisle

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Meet Santa in his magical grotto at the old JJB store and receive an early Christmas gift!

Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland

Carlisle

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Walby’s Winter Wonderland has lots to offer!

Christmas Jumper Day

Christmas Jumper Day

Carlisle

Sun 11 Dec 2016

It’s our last race meeting of 2016 and what a year it has been!

Brampton Farmers Market

Brampton Farmers Market

Brampton

Sat 17 Dec 2016

Brampton Farmers Market, managed by Sustainable Brampton, provides delicious fresh produce at affordable prices.

Magnificat: Wigton Choral Society Xmas Concert

Magnificat: Wigton Choral Society Xmas Concert

Wigton

Sat 17 Dec 2016

For a feast of Baroque choral music this Christmas, head to St Mary's Church in Wigton.

Volunteers !

Conservation Day

Wigton

Mon 19 Dec 2016

Bowness-on-Solway is an old gravel pit that has become a wonderful site for wildlife. We will be carrying some scrub clearance and other maintenance works.

Christmas Fun

Christmas Crafts

Carlisle

Tue 20 Dec 2016

During these drop in sessions you will create various crafts with a festive twist.

90s Night

New Year's Eve - 90s Night

Carlisle

Sat 31 Dec 2016

It's time to bust out your favourite flannels, shell suits, chokers and crop tops as we bring you the 90s night – New Year’s Eve special!

Masquerade Party

Masquerade Party

Carlisle

Sat 14 Jan 2017

Fundraising Masquerade Party for Cruse Bereavement Care, featuring live music from Night Feva, a raffle, buffet and bar.

Bobrauschenbergamerica

Bobrauschenbergamerica

Carlisle

Thu 26 Jan 2017

Bobrauschenbergamerica is a story about what it’s like to live in a free country, where you can see what you see and say what you want, even if its stupid.

Megacon

Megacon

Carlisle

Sat 25 Feb 2017

Megacon returns to offer Carlisle a day of infinite nerdiness! Fun for all ages, we have all bases covered with our ranges of stalls, competitions, tournaments, shows and activities.

Frankly Sinatra

Frankly Sinatra

Carlisle

Sat 11 Mar 2017

Celebrating the golden anniversary of Frank Sinatra's most famous live recording 'Sinatra Live at the Sands' with a brand new production featuring songs from the classic album.

Carlisle Comic Con

Carlisle Comic Con

Carlisle

Sat 18 Mar 2017

Carlisle Comic Con will be bringing stars from some of the biggest movie blockbusters of all time, favourites from TV, and amazing artists from the likes of DC, Marvel and Dark Horse comics for you to meet.

Hadrian’s Wall Cavalry 2017: Turma

Hadrian’s Wall Cavalry 2017: Turma

Carlisle

Sat 1 - Sun 2 Jul 2017

The largest Roman cavalry re-enactments ever seen in the UK will take place throughout the day in Bitts Park. A troop (turma) of 30 Roman cavalrymen will come together to perform training exercises described by Hadrian himself.

Things to do

Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle Racecourse

Carlisle

Carlisle racecourse, the heart of racing in Cumbria. We are much more than a racecourse and offer excellent facilities for conferences, exhibitions and weddings.

Walby Farm Park

Walby Farm Park

Carlisle

Award-winning farm visitor attraction with large indoor play area for all the family. Outdoor play area, Cafe and Shop.

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Carlisle

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is an excellent choice for a great day out for all of the family.

Cumbria Tourist Guide

Cumbria Tourist Guides

Carlisle

The Blue Badge is the highest professional tourist guiding qualification in Britain. It is recognised by travel companies throughout the world as a benchmark of excellence.

The Settle & Carlisle Statesman

The Fellsman

Carlisle

This very special tour on board the celebrated “Statesman” train includes a unique return journey over the entire majestic route of the Settle to Carlisle railway in all its spring glory.

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

Brampton

Birdoswald stands high above a meander in the River Irthing, in one of the most picturesque settings on Hadrian's Wall. A Roman fort, turret and milecastle can all be seen on this excellent stretch of the Wall.

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle Castle

Carlisle

Impressive and formidable, Carlisle Castle amply repays exploration of its absorbing 900-year history. Long commanding the especially turbulent western end of the Anglo-Scottish border, Carlisle has witness many conflicts and sieges.

South Solway Mosses Nature Reserves

South Solway Mosses Nature Reserves

Wigton

The three mosses that make up the South Solway Mosses NNR, include Bowness Common, Glasson Moss and Wedholme Flow they are all lowland raised bog which are more commonly known as a peat bogs.

Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

Brampton

Standing close to Hadrian's Wall, this beautiful 13C church stands to its full height and remains remarkably well-preserved.

The Walker's Baggage Transfer Company

The Walker's Baggage Transfer Company

Brampton

Luggage transferred between accomodatioon addresses.

Sue Wardle Tour Guide

Sue Wardle Tour Guide

Brampton

From one hour guided walks and full day coach tour to a fully managed multi-day itinerary, catering for individuals to large groups, all ages and abilities. Itineraries can be designed and devised to meet your groups own individual needs.

Finglandrigg Wood Nature Reserve

Finglandrigg Wood Nature Reserve

Wigton

Finglandrigg Wood National Nature Reserve is one of the largest areas of semi natural woodland on the Solway Plain.

Something for all ages

Soldiers in Silloth

Wigton

A museum/exhibition based on over 6,000 toy soldiers and related forts, guns etc. Battlefield models, Hadrian's Wall feature, historical information.

Solway Aviation Museum

The Solway Aviation Museum

Carlisle

Our primary objective is the preservation of our aviation heritage, its display and interpretation, so come along and take a nostalgic reminder of the men and women of the war time RAF who served in Cumberland during WW2.

Walking The Line

University of Cumbria - Brampton Road

Carlisle

This new exhibition features the sequential illustration of internationally acclaimed comic strip artist, Oliver East, alongside the comic art work of BA Illustration degree staff and students at the Institute of Arts.

Open Book Visitor Guiding

Open Book Visitor Guiding

Brampton

We are a team of well-trained and enthusiastic local people who delight in sharing our extensive knowledge of Carlisle, Hadrian's Wall and its rich history and heritage. Uncover Roman heritage and walk in their footsteps. There's history ev

The Lanes Shopping Centre Carlisle

The Lanes Shopping Centre

Carlisle

With over 70 stores under one roof including Primark, Debenhams, Next, New Look and H&M plus a range of specialist shops, and a 600 space Park Mark awarded car park above the centre, shopping has never been easier.

Hadrian's Wall Guided Tours

Discover Lakeland

Carlisle

I specialise in offering personalised guided tours of the Lake District and Hadrian's Wall for indivduals and groups, tailoured to your specific interests and requirements. Minibus and chauffeur-driven tours can be arranged.

Banks East Turret; Hadrian's Wall

Banks East Turret; Hadrian's Wall

Brampton

Imposing and well-preserved turret with adjoining stretches of Hadrian's Wall.

Santa Parade & Christmas Market

Carlisle City Centre

Carlisle

Our beautiful City Centre will be laid out with a circle of traditional wooden market chalets around the enormous Christmas tree.

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle

The Cathedral, founded in 1122 and battered by centuries of Border warfare, was built for the glory of God, and services have been said and sung daily in it for nearly 900 years.

Gosling Sike Farm

Gosling Sike Farm

Carlisle

Gosling Sike is Cumbria Wildlife Trust's organic farm on the edge of Carlisle in the village of Houghton, and the location of the Trust's northern office. Longhorn cattle graze in the water meadows.

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Talkin Tarn Country Park

Brampton

The Tarn has a long and rich history and has traditionally been used for recreation since at least the middle of the 1800's. The same is still true today with visitors coming from far and wide to enjoy all that the tarn has to offer.

Bewcastle Cross & Church

Bewcastle Cross

Carlisle

An 8thC Anglo-Saxon stone cross shaft besides St Cuthbert's Parish Church of Bewcastle dating from 13thC set beside ruins of Bew Castle now being consolidated by English Heritage.

Carlisle & Hadrians Wall

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