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Carlisle is situated, just 10 miles south of the Scottish border, at the confluence of three rivers: Eden, Caldew and Petteril.
In its early history it was a Roman settlement established to serve the forts that lined Hadrian’s Wall. Its proximity to Scotland is today a blessing for anyone wishing to hire a car in Carlisle for the short drive across the border. Yet, in the past its proximity gave Carlisle a pressing strategic military importance, as can still be seen today when you visit the relatively intact 11 th century Carlisle Castle.
It was the textile mills of the Industrial Revolution that transformed Carlisle. And visitors today can still quickly sense that this Great Border City remains the main cultural, commercial and industrial hub for north Cumbria.
Traces of the past can still be found. The city’s vibrant shopping area, known as the Lanes, consists of narrow alleyways whose layout has barely changed since medieval times. The compact historic centre is a delight to stroll through, passing the castle, cathedral, city walls and many other medieval buildings, including the Guildhall and Tithe Barn.
The railway station here, if you are arriving by train, is worth stopping to admire. Carlisle railway station was designed by William Tite in the neo-Tudor style. It is widely considered to be one of the most important early railway stations in England.
Carlisle is connected to the rest of England by the M6 motorway to the south, and to Scotland by the M74 and A74 towards Glasgow and the north.
Which makes Carlisle an excellent place to hire a car and get out there and explore.
Expedia brings you all the best car hire deals in Carlisle – and you can find them all online from the comfort of your home or as you travel on your mobile phone.
We have a network of UK car hire providers to ensure that you always have an excellent choice of locations to hire a car from in Carlisle. Whether you wish to jump in a car as soon as your train pulls in at Carlisle’s historic railway station, or you wish to hire a car after exploring its castle and cathedral on foot, there will always be an accessible car hire option nearby.
We canvas all the best car hire deals in Carlisle for you, so that you can quickly review them from a single search. For those travelling on business we have stylish executive cars, for those traveling on a budget we can offer economical mini-class cars, and for those travelling with family or friends you can choose the comfort of a SUV.
So, all you really need to worry about is where your car hire in Carlisle will take you!
In a little over 30 minutes from Carlisle you could be driving through the romantic scenery of the Lake District. Simply hop on to the A595 and head southwest.
The UK’s most popular National Park sees 15 million people arriving each year to admire the countryside. Before this mass popularity, of course, the area had captured the hearts of the Romantic poets. It’s not hard to see the appeal: craggy hilltops, mountains and glittering lakes are a powerful combination.
Park up to enjoy a walk or a lake cruise or channel your inner poet as you visit the countryside that inspired William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Arthur Ransome and Beatrix Potter.
Eloping couples take note: within 20 minutes you could be coming off the M6 and arriving in Gretna Green, just over the Scottish border.
For those not fortunate enough to be part of love’s young dream there’s plenty more to explore just over the border in Scotland.
Just driving through Scotland brings big skies, sparsely populated countryside and a wealth of wildlife into view. But, pull over and there’s super-fresh seafood and a warm welcome awaiting in its towns and cities.
Scotland contains some of the largest areas of wilderness left in Europe, so drive off the beaten track to enjoy eagles soaring above the lochs and mountains and a wealth of outdoor adventure in rough and unspoilt landscapes.
It’s hard not to pass a castle as you drive through Scotland, from the ominous tower houses of Hermitage and Smailholm to the ornate fortresses of Caerlaverock and Craigmillar. And historic battlefields such as Bannockburn and Culloden are a must-see for anyone with an interest in history.
Drive to pay homage to Burns in the village of his birth or hit the contemporary delights of the Edinburgh Fringe.
If you’re planning a road trip in Scotland, make sure you’ve allowed plenty of time!
From Carlisle the A69 can whisk you the 60 miles to Newcastle. Here Victorian elegance mixes with contemporary cool to create an absorbing city.
There are excellent art galleries and a jewel of a concert hall, along with boutique hotels and a non-stop nightlife.
Where will your car hire in Carlisle take you?
Lakes or lochs? The choice is yours when you hire a car in Carlisle
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