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CarlisleUnited Kingdom

Located near the English-Scottish border, Carlisle is often referred to as the Border City, and is the main shopping, commercial and industrial centre in Cumbria. 

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.

Top hotels in Carlisle

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
County Hotel
County Hotel
3 out of 5
9 Botchergate, Carlisle, England
The price is £40 per night

Located in the heart of Carlisle, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Carlisle Guildhall, Green Market and Carlisle Cathedral. Tullie House Museum and Gallery ...

3.2/5 (461 reviews)

"The hotel is quite old and out of date but the breakfast was amazing. Its situated close to the Carlisle train station and there are lots of noisy clubs/pubs adjacent to it. Its clean, the breakfast staff were very friendly and kind. One of the morning receptionist during our checkout gave us the ..."…"

Reviewed on 12 Feb 2020

County Hotel
Crown & Mitre Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Crown & Mitre Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
3 out of 5
4 English Street, Carlisle, England

Situated in Carlisle, this hotel is steps away from Green Market, Carlisle Guildhall and Carlisle Cathedral. Tullie House Museum and Gallery and Bitts Park are ...

4/5Very Good! (366 reviews)

"Hotel was good, staff welcoming and everything good value but rooms are due a refresh."…"

Reviewed on 5 Aug 2020

Crown & Mitre Hotel, Sure Hotel Collection by Best Western
Warwick Hall
Warwick Hall
3.5 out of 5
Warwick-on-Eden, Carlisle, England
The price is £145 per night

Situated on the riverwalk, this hotel is within 6 miles (10 km) of Brunton Park, The Sands Centre and Bitts Park. Solway Aviation Museum and Carlisle Castle ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (108 reviews)
A place of beauty and tranquility.

"Beautiful place full of charm and character. People were so nice and helpful and the food was great. The bed and pillows were comfortable and we had a good night's sleep. I can highly recommend Warwick Hall to people who want a relaxing and tranquil environment. I look forward to returning in the ..."…"

Reviewed on 21 Mar 2020

Warwick Hall

Popular places to visit in Carlisle

Carlisle Castle
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Carlisle Castle

4.5/5(42 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Carlisle with a visit to Carlisle Castle. Visit the top-notch restaurants or lively bars in this walkable area.

Carlisle Cathedral
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Carlisle Cathedral

4.5/5(9 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Carlisle with a stop at Carlisle Cathedral. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Solway Aviation Museum
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Solway Aviation Museum

You can spend an afternoon exploring the galleries in Solway Aviation Museum during your trip to Carlisle. Visit the lively bars or top-notch restaurants in this culturally rich area.

Top things to do in Carlisle

Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere
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Full-Day Western Lake District Tour with Heritage Railway Ride from Windermere

£50
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour
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Ten Lakes Spectacular Tour

£50
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise
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Lake District Day Trip with Cream Tea & Windermere Cruise

£229
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
2-Day Lake District Tour by Train
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2-Day Lake District Tour by Train

£339
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip
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MANCHESTER: Lake District Adventure Sightseeing Day Trip

£47
Per adult
Private Transfer from Carlisle to Manchester Airport (MAN)
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Private Transfer from Carlisle to Manchester Airport (MAN)

£264
Per adult

Reviews of Carlisle

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Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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5 - Excellent 24.170616113744074%
4 - Good
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4 - Good 53.08056872037915%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 20.379146919431278%
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2 - Disappointing 1.8957345971563981%
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1 - Terrible 0.47393364928909953%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

19 Mar 2020

This hotel was i the centre close to castle and bars and restaurant

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Old fire station great venue for concert.

2/5 - Disappointing

Verified traveller

4 Mar 2020

no just passing thru

5/5 - Excellent

Michelle

16 Feb 2020

Short distance from Wetheral train station to Carlisle and hotel.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

2 Jan 2020

Thoroughly

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

31 Dec 2019

Hotel was SUPER NOISY!! Doors were practically nonexistent because you could hear a pin drop in the hall way... but was more regularly drunk teenagers shouting in the corridors.

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