Carlisle Hotels

Mini guide to Carlisle


Carlisle, Cumbria's only city, is located in the far North of England. Its turbulent history is reflected in its 900 year old castle and the widespread evidence of border skirmishes between warring Scots and English.

Carlisle Castle boasts magnificent views of the Cumbria countryside from its keep and you can absorb the atmosphere of its imposing dungeons, where you will find the Licking Stones and prisoner's carvings. You can also learn how Bonnie Prince Charlie captured the castle in 1745 and follow this up with a visit to the nearby citadel with its original 'twin drum' bastions.

The city itself is well worth exploring as it exudes history especially from the 14th to the 17th century. Parts of the city are built from stone taken from Hadrian 's Wall and this, along with narrow streets and traditional inns, all adds to the experience. The cathedral, with its famous 14th Century stained glass window and the award winning Tullie House museum and art gallery, should not be missed.

Carlisle is the shopping capital of Cumbria, and attracts shoppers from as far afield as Southwest Scotland. The Lanes Shopping Centre is home to more-than 70 big name retailers and the city's unique Victorian Market Hall is known for its cosy, unhurried feel. The city's pedestrianised area is the scene for street entertainers all year round and visitors are served by many cosmopolitan coffee shops, cafes and restaurants.

There are many guided and self-guided walks in and around Carlisle with Hadrian's Wall Path National Trail providing walks for all abilities. Cycling also figures highly with the new Eden Valley Circular Cycle Route being one of the most enjoyable ways of exploring this beautiful region.

Lying alongside the M6, Carlisle is easily reached by car. National Express buses also run to and from Carlisle and trains pass through the city several times an hour on the west coast route between London and Scotland.

Selection of hotels in this region:

Ibis Carlisle

Swallow Hilltop Hotel

Travelodge Carlisle-Southwaite

Holiday Inn Carlisle M6, Junction 44

County Hotel

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