For the convenience of a city location, with easy access to the countryside and coast, the Great Border City of Carlisle is an ideal destination for couples, families or groups of friends looking for a relaxing break with plenty to see and do. The city itself has a rich history, stretching back to Roman times and is a great base for exploring Hadrian’s wall country to the East and the Lake District to the South.
Much of the city centre is pedestrianised, making it easy for shoppers and history lovers alike to enjoy the finest in Cumbrian hospitality and culture. Carlisle is the western gateway to the 80 miles of Hadrian’s Wall country, ideal for walking, cycling and exploring, and for discovering some of the best in locally sourced, traditional british cuisine. Along the line of the wall itself, there are numerous pubs and inns waiting to welcome hungry visitors.
The medieval castle and town walls are a great place to start discovering the fascinating story of this historically important border town. The castle was once a residence of King Richard lll, and the temporary prison of Mary Queen of Scots, and stone carvings made by tudor prisoners still survive on some of the cell walls. The award winning Jacobean Tullie House Museum and art gallery stands close by, with an ongoing programme of permanent and temporary art exhibitions.
The Cathedral is situated at the heart of the town in a tranquil, leafy, green space, and is well worth a visit to admire its famous stained glass windows and ornate ceilings. To explore the surrounding area in style, climb aboard a steam train on the Carlisle to Settle Railway, and enjoy the dramatic Cumbrian and North Pennines scenery, with plenty of places to stop along the way.
Eating out in Carlisle is an opportunity to sample the best of fresh local produce, with the emphasis on great quality and value. In many historical cities, some of the oldest and most interesting buildings have been preserved and given a new lease of life as hotels and restaurants,and Carlisle is no exception. For fine dining in splendid Victorian style, the MIchelin starred Golden Fleece offers a contemporary twist on some classic British dishes, and the elegant David’s has a menu that changes with the seasons to offer the freshest and best in local produce.
As well as traditional English dining, Carlisle has a range of international restaurants including Italian, French, Greek and Indian. As well as food, the city prides itself on the quality and range of its craft beer. Several pubs now run their own microbreweries, and regular beer, ale and cider festivals are held in the area throughout the year, culminating in the Carlisle food fair in August.
Carlisle’s conveniently compact city centre means that whatever type of accommodation you choose, whether you are looking for a smart city centre hotel or a cheap and cheerful bed and breakfast, you will never be far from the main attractions. The nearby countryside has a wealth of self catering options. Many are dog friendly and ideal as a base for setting out to explore Hadrian’s Wall or the North Lakes. For something a bit more special, how about a log cabin complete with hot tub, or the ultimate countryside treat, a luxurious, romantic treehouse.
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