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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. The formiddable fortress of Carlisle castle stands proud over the cityscape, and a packed programme of events including Cumberland Show, Carlisle Pageant and the spectacular Fire Show provide some great entertainment. Overlying this rich heritage is a vibrant town centre of modern shops, pavement cafes and leisure facilities that rivals most other cities in the north of England. 

BOOK YOUR STAY

 
Angus House & Almonds Restaurant

The Angus

Guest Accommodation with 12 rooms, £45-£99 prpnb

The Folly

Hall Hills

Self-catering with 5 units, £440-£3880 pupw sleeps 2-16

Cherry Grove Guest House

Cherry Grove Guest House

Guest Accommodation with 5 rooms, £35-£40 pppnb

Threshing Barn

Threshing Barn at Beech House Holidays

Self-catering with 1 unit, £250-£400 pupn sleeps 8

Crown Hotel Exterior

Crown Hotel Wetheral

Hotel with 51 rooms, £45-£65 pppnb

Chiffchaff luxury lodge

The Tranquil Otter

Self-catering with 8 units, £770-£2000 pupw sleeps 1-6

THINGS TO DO

WHAT'S ON

Aladdin

Thu 1 - Sat 10 Dec 2016

Carlisle

 
 
 
Christmas in the City

Sat 10 - Sun 11 Dec 2016

Carlisle

 
 
 
 
Santa-days

Sat 10 Dec 2016

Carlisle

 
 

SURROUNDING AREAS

Wetheral
Bowness-on-Solway
Dalston

CULTURE AND HERITAGE

Carlisle Castle
Tullie House, Carlisle
Carlisle Cathedral

Tullie House Museum excels at bringing Carlisle’s history and heritage to life, while the formidable fortress of Carlisle Castle invites exploration of its many chambers and passageways.

Nearby Botchergate, once witness to Roman armies marching south, now welcomes those in search of evening entertainment with numerous clubs and bars lining the busy thoroughfare.

Occupying a commanding position at the northern end of Carlisle, the castle has protected the city of Carlisle from invasion since Norman times.

It was a base for Edward I's campaign to subjugate the Scots; a temporary prison for Mary, Queen of Scots and a place of incarceration for Jacobite prisoners awaiting trial.

Queen Mary's Tower is currently home to a display of military uniforms, medals, weapons and artillery from the Border Regiment & King's Own Royal Border Regiment.

The fine medieval building of Guildhall museum was home to Carlisle's ancient trade guilds and is now a museum of civic history, housing treasures such as the great iron-clad chest that stored the city's documents, the medieval stocks and the rare Carlisle Bells (the oldest horseracing prizes in England).

Children can discover what Tudor life was like by dressing up and trading as a Tudor merchant. Founded in 1122, Carlisle Cathedral has been rebuilt several times.

After the Cromwellian victory in 1645, most of the Norman nave was demolished to repair the city's walls and castle.

The magnificent east window contains stained glass from the 14th century. There are also fine wood carvings, medieval painted wall panels and the Brougham Triptych altarpiece.

 

Carlisle Castle

Occupying a commanding position at the northern end of Carlisle, the castle has protected the city of Carlisle from invasion since Norman times. It was a base for Edward I’s campaign to subjugate the Scots; a temporary prison for Mary, Queen of Scots and a place of incarceration for Jacobite prisoners awaiting trial.

Citadel

The original citadel was erected in 1541 by Henry VIII to strengthen the southern approach to the city, and rebuilt in 1810. The twin battlemented towers now house Council Offices and the former Crown Court.

Tullie House

Opened by the Carlisle Corporation in 1893 and residing in beautiful gardens, the Tullie House Museum & Art Gallery provides a memorable insight into the rich history, nature and art of The Lake District and its surrounding areas. Truly earning it's place as one of Cumbria's most popular visitor attractions.

Big Wheel, Fair Ground, Carlisle

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