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Carlisle and the surrounding areas offer many attractions which cater for all ages and interests. From exloring the historic castle and the Cumbria Museum of Military Life to enjoying farm parks, ice-skating and shopping centres. Browse and plan your individual or family retreats.
There are a variety of events taking place in and around the Carlisle area. From national sporting events to comedy nights and outdoor film screenings, check out what's on while you're here and enjoy a different experience.
Surrounded by rolling farmland, Wetheral stretches along the River Eden, offering delightful countryside views. A market cross decorates the triangular village green, surrounded by 18th century houses of local sandstone and Victorian buildings of yellow brick.
Wetheral is home to the 16th century Church of the holy trinity and at the end of the village stands the red sandstone Priory gatehouse.
The large Roman fort of Maia marked the western end of Hadrian's Wall and guarded the westernmost point where it was possible to cross the Solway at low tide.
During the Edwardian era the Banks of Bowness became a promenade where visitors could walk and admire the Solway views. In 2002, the area was renovated to officially mark the start, or end of Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail. A wooden shelter with interpretation panels protects a Roman-style mosaic below which a herb garden has been established.
Dalston and the Caldew Valley were originally part of the territory of the Carvetti, a Brigantian tribe of Celts, as evidenced by the local place names of Cumdivock (‘valley of the little black stream') and Cummersdale (‘valley of the Cymri').
Under Roman occupation a system of roads, forts and marching camps was established to take command of the area and its indigenous tribes.
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.
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.
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.
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.