Carlisle Travel Guide

  • Entrance to Carlisle Castle
    Entrance to Carlisle Castle
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  • View of Keep of Carlisle Castle
    View of Keep of Carlisle Castle
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  • he Ruins of Queen Mary's Tower
    he Ruins of Queen Mary's Tower
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Carlisle Things to Do

  • Bitts Park

    Bitts park is just behind the castle. It is bordered at the northern end by the River Eden. As it was a hot day during our visit, the park was full of people enjoying the sunshine. Bitts Park has a large and popular children's play area. It also had a small maze and an interesting musical garden, where people can create their own music by hitting...

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  • Carlisle Castle

    If you are arriving into Carlisle by train pick up a leaflet for two for the price of one entry to sites for rail travellers, fill in the voucher at the back and you can get into the castle cheaper.Carlisle Castle is one of, if not the, most besieged castles in Britain due to its location on the Scottish/English border. In Roman times there was a...

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  • Tullie House

    Between the cathedral and the castle lies Tullie House. This seventeenth century townhouse now houses Carlisle's Museum and Art Gallery. I did not go into the museum but I did treat myself to a cappuchino in the restaurant and enjoy the house's beautiful, colourful gardens. There's a Jacobean garden and a Roman garden all filled with beautiful...

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  • Inside and round about.

    My favourite part of the cathedral interior was the lovely ceiling with its blue skies and many suns. Nearby on the outside you can see a miniature model of the cathedral. St Cuthbert's Church is located nearby, too.

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  • Carlisle Cathedral

    Carlisle Cathedral is not only a beautiful building in its own right, but is also surrounded by several other lovely old buildings.The cathedral dates originally from 1122, though it has been rebuilt several times. In 1292, for example, it was rebuilt after a devastating fire. The cathedral's ceiling is very beautiful like looking at a starry...

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  • The Guildhall

    Carlisle's guildhall is close to the old town hall and the market cross. It is housed in an attractive black and white building which is now the guildhall museum. This building was once home to Carlisle's ancient trade guilds. The guildhall dates from the late 14th century. It was originally built as a private house for local citizen Richard of...

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  • Carlisle town hall and main square.

    Carlisle's old town hall building is now the tourist information office. In front of it there was an excellent market during our visit which sold lots of different foods and drinks including Polish bigosh, German sausages and American burgers. Also located in front of it is Carlisle's lion topped market cross which dates from 1682.

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  • The Citadel

    Right next to the railway station in Carlisle there are two old drum towers, which are known as the citadel of Carlisle. Pass through these to enter the old town of Carlisle.The drum towers were built in 1541 by Henry VIII. Their role was to strengthen the southern approach to the city and shield it from attack. At one time these towers were the...

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  • Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery

    If you want to know the history of Carlise then visit Tullie House Museum. Carlisle sits almost on the border between Scotland and England and changed hands several times. Even in Roman times it had to be strongly defended against those tribes north of Hadrian’s Wall so there’s a lot to cover.Old Tullie House is a classical Jacobean grade one...

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  • Carlisle Cathedral

    I love to gaze at outstanding pieces of architecture and fine examples are found in many churches and cathedrals. They are examples of what faith can inspire and were at the forefront of technology in times past. They were taller and more creative structures than anything surrounding them during their heyday. On seeing Carlisle Cathedral it...

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  • Carlisle Castle

    Carlisle Castle is a must see for visitors to Carlisle and we duly headed for its grim fortifications. This great medieval fortress, has watched over the City of Carlisle for over nine centuries. It was a constantly updated working fortress until recently. Today English Heritage manages the castle and visitors can explore its rich and varied...

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  • A World in miniature Museum

    Whether you are into miniatures or not, this is an amazing place. The work is superb. Definately not just dolls houses, this is an amazing example of craftsman's art. For four pound entry we had nearly 2 hours of the most amazing fun, the more you looked the more you saw! There is a higher step up for kids and short people. All the miniatures are...

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  • The Pre-Raphaelite collection at Tullie...

    Tullie House, a museum opposite the Castle, calls for a visit on many, many grounds, but be sure to visit the first floor of the little house if you're a Pre-Raphaelite fan.You'll see a few Rossetti and Burne-Jones paintings, among others, some of those quite rare.For example, they hold a draft of Burne-Jones' "The Wheel of Fortune", that is, to my...

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  • Tullie House

    The museum was founded by Carlisle Corporation in 1893 and used the residence of the Tullie family who were a prominant family in Carlisle for generations. A major expansion of the museum took place in the 1990s and now includes a lecture theatre, gallery and restaurant.Numerous workshops run throughout the year and most of the exhibitions are free...

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  • Carlisle Cathedral

    The cathedral was founded in 1122 and features a stunning 14th century stained glass window in the East wall.The Prior's Kitchen is located in the undercroft opposite the Cathedral entrance and there is a gallery located above it.

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  • by ascu Written Jun 22, 2008

    Very relaxed atmosphere, good service and delicious food. Lots to choose from on the menu.

    Favorite Dish: I have tried quite a few different dishes, I enjoyed the Cod Moolee , but my favorite so far is the Lamb Bhuna Gosht Adraki, it wasn't too spicey and the lamb melted in your mouth.

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Carlisle Transportation

  • Railway Station

    This was a major station on the West coast line and is still impressive. Built in 1847 the 4 tracks that run thourh the centre are spanned by a glass roof and a footbridge.In addition to the mainline trains (by Virgin), there are lines to Newcastle, Dumfries and the famously scenic Settle line which still operates a limited steam service.

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  • Getting There & Around...

    We hired a car and drove around the UK... It was easy for us since we are used to driving on the left side of the road, although the strange road signs had us wondering a few times... :)The roads were all very good except for the traffic jams around the larger cities...try to avoid 'peak' hours if you can help it.The distances between cities in the...

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Carlisle What to Pack

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    Hadrian's Wall

    by CandS Updated Mar 15, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It would be a good idea to have some wet weather gear handy. We had rain basically the whole time we were there (yes, it was November)...

    Photo Equipment: A tripod for those nice waterfall photos... :)

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  • Near Hadrians Wall

    This photo was taken while wandering around near a part of Hadrians Wall near Gilsland... It was such a nice area, especially in autumn... :)

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  • Aira Force Waterfall

    This cute little bridge was at the Aira Force waterfall... The waterfall is only just out of Penrith on Ullwater... It's worth a look if you are in the area...it's a really pretty area...

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  • Aira Force waterfall

    This place is really pretty and worth a visit if you are near by. It is located between Penrith and Keswick (south of Carlisle). There are some hiking trails near by and you can have a good look around the area. The forest around the waterfall is pretty too...

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