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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.

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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.


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


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

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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.


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