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Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall Day Trip

No trip to Carlisle is complete without a visit to the unique rural attractions highlighted by Hadrian’s Wall – World Heritage Site.


The morning starts at Carlisle Cathedral, with its 14th century stained glass window and the magnificent ceiling looked down on the marriage of Sir Walter Scott and his French-born bride.
All the threads of Carlisle’s colourful life and times are woven together dramatically in the displays of the award-winning Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery.

Carlisle Cathedral

Carlisle Cathedral

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.
Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle's finest visitor attraction, and houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences.


Lunch in the Garden Restaurant, Tullie House.


Head towards the town of Brampton. Built in local sandstone and situated in a hollow formed by a glacial action in the Ice Age. In the centre of the town is the octagonal Moot Hall, built in 1817, with an external staircase to its upper entrance, pointed windows and a square turret. Have a wander around before heading towards Lanercost Priory. Founded by Augustinian monks in 1169, Lanercrost Priory is now an English Heritage property. Before you leave make sure you have an afternoon tea in the fantastic Lanercost Tea Room. Leave Lanercost towards Gilsland (lookout for brown signs).You are now on the old military road.
Now an interactive Visitor Centre and situated on a superb stretch of Hadrian's Wall, Birdoswald Roman Fort was once home to Roman soldiers 2,000 years ago. Excavations have uncovered a unique basilica or drill hall, granary buildings and the west gateway.


The pretty town of Brampton is ideal for exploring the North Cumbrian countryside and religious heritage.
Lanercost Priory

Lanercost Priory

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

Lanercost Tea Room

Hearty hotpots, Cumberland sausage baps and scones in Hadrian’s Wall country.
Birdoswald Roman Fort

Birdoswald Roman Fort

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.

Details of Carlisle CathedralCarlisle Cathedral

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.

Items of special interest include the East Window, with its tracery containing some very fine 14thC stained glass and the Brougham Triptych, a magnificent 16thC carved Flemish altar-piece in St Wilfrid's Chapel. There is an interesting 14thC barrel vaulted painted ceiling above the choir stalls and in the north and south aisles medieval paintings depict the Life of St Augustine, the Legends of St Cuthbert and St Anthony and the figures of the twelve apostles. The carved capitals of the columns in the Choir represent activities associated with the months of the year and the early 15thC choir stalls and misericords are notable examples of medieval carving. The Cathedral's stained glass dates from the 14th to the late 20thC.

The Treasury contains a fine display of Cathedral and Diocesan silver and treasures, illustrating the story of Christians in Cumbria through the centuries.

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Carlisle Cathedral

The Abbey, Carlisle, CA3 8TZ


Map reference: NY 399559
     Lat: 54.89419  Long: -2.93856
From M6 jct 43 then follow signs to city centre car parks. Street signs direct visitors to the Cathedral in the city centre.

Public Transport : 1 mile from Carlisle station

Disabled access to most of the cathedral, shop and treasury. No current disabled access to restaurant or conference facilities. Accesible toilet in the grounds.

Healthy Eating Carlisle Award

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