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Carlisle – City Sights and Shopping

It’s easy to see why people choose Carlisle as a great place to visit - from the Romans in the first century, to the legions that now arrive for a short break or longer holiday. In the beautiful and historic heart of Carlisle, City of the Lakes, you can stroll from the castle to the cathedral to Tullie House Museum - surrounded by great places to shop, eat and be entertained.


9.00am (1.5 hours duration) – Guided walk through Carlisle City Centre, taking in the Guildhall Museum, our friendly city centre and Victorian Crown Court, on the site of the Citadel.

10.30am (1 hour duration) – Carlisle Cathedral shows the peaceable face of Carlisle’s past. Its 14th century stained glass window and magnificent ceiling looked down on the marriage of Sir Walter Scott and his French born bride.

11.30pm (2 hour duration) – 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.


1.30pm (1 hour duration) – Lunch in the Garden Restaurant,Tullie House.
Garden Restaurant

Garden Restaurant at Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

The museum has an award-winning, family friendly restaurant that serves hot and cold food all day.


2.30pm (1 hour duration) – Leave Tullie House by the underground Millennium Walkway and arrive at Carlisle Castle. The symbol of Carlisle’s strategic importance is the castle. Founded by William the Conqueror’s son, William Rufus in 1092 and once a prison for Mary Queen of Scots, it is still the home of the King’s Own Royal Border Regiment.

3.30pm (2 hour duration) – Shopping time!! Carlisle has a vast array of choice that would delight and dazzle you in a city twice the size – all contained in one of the most compact and visitor friendly city centre’s in the country. Visit The Lanes, the region’s premier shopping centre and the refurbished Victorian Market Hall. Enjoy refreshments at one of the city centres many cosmopolitan cafés.

5.30pm – Leave for hotel or home.

Please note that it advisable that all group visits should pre-book with individual attractions.

Whilst every effort has been made to ensure the details contained on this website are correct, GoLakes Travel cannot be held responsible for any error, omission or misrepresentation.

Carlisle Castle

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.
The Lanes Shopping Centre Carlisle

The Lanes Shopping Centre

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.

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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