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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 Cathedral


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
Talkin Tarn


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 Town


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

Here is a selection of events that are happening in the Carlisle & Hadrian's Wall area. Click below and see what takes your fancy during your visit.


Carlisle & Hadrians Wall

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