Trip time! Discover the bars, culture and castle in quaint Carlisle.

With a wealth of historic and modern attractions, Carlisle is a popular destination for a short weekend break. It is the perfect location to explore the North of England and greater Cumbria. You’ll find a wide selection of accommodation types to choose from, including some local hotels and B&B’s, though why not spoil yourself and stay in a luxurious Lakeland Spa, perfect to relax and be pampered in.

Marvel at Hadrian’s Wall

Hadrian’s Wall is widely regarded as the most important defensive structure built by the Romans in Britain and today still evokes a strong sense of standing on the edge of a great empire. Spanning 86 miles in length and running through Carlisle, there are many wonderful sights to be viewed from the forts and viewing areas. Famous throughout the world, no trip to Carlisle would be complete without taking a day trip to Hadrian’s Wall.

Carlisle Castle is an attraction not to be missed. Standing within Carlisle, this great medieval fortress has watched over the city for over nine centuries and offers a great opportunity to look back in history at the city’s main defence.

Located near the southern edge of the city is Carlisle Citadel, made up of two imposing drum towers. In the 1800’s it is believed the west tower held criminals, whilst the east tower held civil trials.

Take the whole family to the scenic Talkin Tarn Park; with its walking trails it is popular with dog lovers and there’s plenty of green for young children to play in. Throughout the summer months the lake is used for water sports, which are popular during this time.

Visit Cumbria

While staying in Carlisle explore what else Cumbria has to offer. Cumbria had twelve abbeys and priories during the middle ages, as well as four friaries, but today none remain intact. Still, you can take a step back in time and explore the ruins in the popular medieval village of Cartmel.

Explore Cartmel Priory a simple beautiful priory with some great examples of Norman architecture. This large priory in the small village of Cartmel does not disappoint in terms of structure with beautiful carved effigy of a knight and his lady, coupled with interesting wall plaques and floor tomb stones.

Designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty the North Pennines is one of England’s most special locations. Expansive countryside of heather moors and peatlands, with lush green dales as far as the eye can see.

Known for

Friendly People, Bars and Walking

Top hotels in Carlisle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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ibis Carlisle – City Centre
2 out of 5
Portlands Botchergate, Carlisle, England
30 Aug-31 Aug
4.1/5Very Good! (788 reviews)

Situated in Carlisle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Guildhall and The Sands Centre. Green Market and Carlisle Cathedral are also within 10 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (788 reviews)

"Adequate room and clean.Booking in was quick and reception area tidy"…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

ibis Carlisle – City Centre
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Crown & Mitre Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
3 out of 5
4 English Street, Carlisle, England
26 Aug-27 Aug
4/5Very Good! (233 reviews)

Situated in Carlisle, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Green Market and The Sands Centre. Carlisle Guildhall and Carlisle Cathedral are also within 5 ...

4/5Very Good! (233 reviews)

"The staff were courteous,friendly and gave great service"…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2019

Crown & Mitre Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
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Hallmark Hotel Carlisle
4 out of 5
Court Square, Carlisle, England
22 Sep-23 Sep
3.3/5 (665 reviews)

Situated in Carlisle, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Carlisle Cathedral, Carlisle Castle and The Sands Centre. Brunton Park and Carlisle ...

3.3/5 (665 reviews)

"Friendly and helpful staff. Rooms a little bit dated but no cause for complaints. Ideal location."…"

Reviewed on 4 Jul 2019

Hallmark Hotel Carlisle

Popular things to do in Carlisle

Northumberland National Park
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Northumberland National Park

Follow in the footsteps of Roman settlers, hike amid breathtaking landscapes and gaze at a starlit sky in England’s least populated national park.